Prospective $235 million oriented-strand board plant in Corrigan-area would employ 165

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A company official said a $235 million oriented-strand board plant could be expanding to the Corrigan area, provided it gets the tax incentives it is requesting.

Roy O. Martin, president of Roy O. Martin, said in a phone interview Tuesday that it is "no secret" that the Alexandria, La., company is looking to build an oriented-strand board plant in Polk County.

Martin said there are several tax exemption applications pending with the city, county, and school district. Once those are approved, the company will make a decision.

According to a tax exemption application with the school district, the company would employ more than 1,000 construction workers over a 20-month period and would employ 165 workers.

Corrigan-Camden ISD Superintendent Sherry Hughes said she cannot discuss any specifics or even identify the company by name but told KTRE partnering with businesses provides opportunities for her students.

"The conversations we've had with them, I think their history speaks for itself," Hughes said. "The partnerships that they have in the communities they currently have industry in speaks volumes for them. I feel like it would be a wonderful opportunities for us to bring to our students to help them be prepared to walk out of high school and be productive at the jobs that are available in their own community."

"When a business or industry comes in and gives us the opportunity to have jobs be available for our students, then it's our responsibility to work with that company to find out what are the skills that the students would need to work for you and be successful employees ,and then we should come back to the school and built the programs that would help make that come to life," Hughes said.

"Corrigan is an attractive area because there is a good logging force there," Martin said. "And GP being in the area also makes it attractive."

The company is looking at a plot of land on the southwest corner of US 59 and State Highway 287.

Roy O. Martin leadership, Polk County, and Corrigan-Camden ISD officials will meet on Dec. 9 to discuss applications and get status updates. Martin president told KTRE that they would make a final decision soon after the December meetings.

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