CCDA Host 2012 Farm City Industry Tours
On Friday, October 26th, The Chambers County Development Authority along with many partners hosted the 2012 Farm City Industry Tours. Among the 15 tour guests attending that day were ACES representative Tara Barr and three Farm City Committee Members. CCDA Existing Industry and Family Support Coordinator Kimberly Fuller led the tour.
“Over the past three years, the Farm City tours have been growing. As word spreads, the waiting list has grown each year,” Fuller said. “It has been our pleasure at the CCDA to host these tours each year and our Executive Director Valerie Gray is always a big help with new fresh ideas to keep the tour lively and fun.”
This year’s tour began at the CCDA office where Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Elinor Crowder along with the CCDA’s Fuller educated the tour on the responsibilities that each organization has within the county while the guests enjoyed a wonderful breakfast from Miss Red’s Place provided by the GVACC.
“It is amazing to me how many people have no clue what we do in the county or even that the CCDA and the GVACC are not the same organization and have different and seperate responsibilities,” Fuller explained.
After breakfast, guests traveled to their first destination at the West Point Dam Powerhouse. At the powerhouse, the guests learned about the inner working of generating electricity and were even allowed to go through the tunnel under the dam.
The next location on the tour was Point University. Many of you will scratch your heads in confusion because technically Point is not an industry; however, many of its current building were once home to the West Point Stevens corporate offices where numerous citizens, including some Farm City tour guests, worked for many years. “It was amazing for them to see the transformation that has taken place just in the last year,” Fuller said. “It is so refreshing to see buildings that were once a huge part in our community that had died, and then came back to life as something completely different. We are so excited to have them in our community!”
After touring Point University’s administration building and liberal arts complex, the guests were treated to lunch at the Heart of the South Restaurant. Owner Marilyn Butler has a great southern meal prepared that included corn casserole, fried catfish, vegetables, tomato soup and their specialty “Not Your Momma’s Banana Pudding.”
Once finished with the delicious meal the guests loaded back up to continue on their journey. Location number four was Saehaesung Alabama, Inc in LaFayette. Located in the former Frontier Yarns Facility; Saehaesung currently employs 100-plus employees with many of them being local LaFayette residents. The guests were able to tour the facility and view small metal stamping and robotic welding. HR Director Barry Moody along with CEO Mr. Park welcomed the guests into their facility by serving them with slices of fresh pound cake.
Guests continued their journey in LaFayette to a site off County Road 89, where they met Ben Simms from F&W Forestry. Simms educated the guests on what F&W can provide landowners and gave them demonstrations of how F&W cruises timber and marks plots. The guests were intrigued by this concept as well as the tools used to do this. It was a great ending to a very fun and educational day.
“Thank you to everyone who assisted in making this event happen,” Fuller added. “And a big thanks to the Shawmut Nazarene Church for allowing the CCDA to utilize their church bus for the day and to Pastor Tim Campbell for driving.”
Thank you to our wonderful Partners, who all helped make this