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Why creating 11 jobs in rural Alabama rated a shout-out

VERNON, Alabama – On a sunny day last October, Mayor Glenn Crawford joined Governor Robert Bentley in this Lamar County town to welcome the first tenant in Vernon’s industrial park – K&S Lumber Co., which was producing railroad cross-ties with a small initial workforce.

For Crawford, this was a significant project, capping lots of hard work to prepare the 122-acre industrial park for K&S Lumber and future tenants. As it turns out, Governor Bentley also viewed the development as significant – prompting him to give it a shout-out in his State of the State address this week.

“It may not be the largest economic development project in the state, but it is an example of the optimism of our communities and the ability of our state to do whatever it takes to create jobs — whether it’s 4,000 jobs at Mercedes, or 11 at K&S Lumber,” the governor said in his speech.

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