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New industry to locate in Adams County
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November 21, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – A Wilkinson County-based lumber company plans to lease part of the old International Paper property that Adams County purchased four years ago to attract new industries.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors on Monday agreed to lease 30 acres to Netco Express -- a Netterville Lumber Co. affiliate – with the promise it’ll employ at least 20 people to operate a wood-chipping mill and lumber yard.

The Netterville company is the second industry that county officials have lured to the 478-acre IP site since the county board bought it for $9 million in 2013. The lease agreement calls for Netco to pay the county at least $14,400 a year in rent.

Adams County supervisors approved the lease contingent on it being OKed by their attorney.

The lumber company plans to begin phase-one operations soon using 12 acres. It has an option to later occupy another 18 acres of the sprawling paper mill site, located on Lower Woodville and Carthage Point roads. Netco will be on the tract of land near IP’s old scale house and southwest of the old wood yard.

Natchez Inc. executive director Chandler Russ, the county’s chief industrial recruiter, speculated the wood-chipping mill could generate 40 indirect jobs, such as truck haulers.

Netterville Lumber Co. has since 1952 been in the business of harvesting, processing and milling hardwood products for building homes.

The only other new industry to locate on the old IP property is Delta-Energy, a plant that recycles tires into oil. It acquired a former IP building and about 30 acres from the county in 2015 for $3.7 million with plans to create about 90 jobs.

A third occupant of the IP site is Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association, which bought land from the county to locate a power station there.

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