Armory to house medical business


By Steve Swogetinsky

The Kemper Messenger

A new manufacturing company is coming to DeKalb and will be located in the old National Guard Armory.

Craig Hitt, executive director of the Kemper County EDA said Ailex Investments has purchased the building located on Highway 16 from Kemper County and the town of DeKalb. They paid $300,000 for the building and six acres of land.

Hitt said the company plans to be partially open in a couple of months. They hope to have 10 employees and will start making hand sanitizer.

The company plans to begin manufacturing medical supplies by the first of next year. It hopes to hire between 20 and 30 people. They will be moving in equipment in the next few weeks.

"We are really excited about the new industry coming in," said board of supervisor president James Granger. "They will start off with 10 employees and hope to get up to 30. We welcome them to the Kemper County family and are happy to have the new jobs."

DeKalb mayor Clark Adams said this was a result of the board and the town working together.

"I am happy about this," Adams said. "You can never get enough economic growth. Put more people to work will bring more revenue and growth to the town. We need this in our community. It is going be a blessing.

"It took a while to get it done. The town and supervisors worked together, supported it, and decide it would be best for our community"

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