Gov. Ivey awards grant to expand road access in South Vinemont

The Shaddix Company is currently located at 344 County Road 1177, just off Alabama Highway 157 near Interstate 65. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A $60,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey will help the Town of South Vinemont improve the main access road to the new Shaddix Co. location which will create six jobs.

Read The Tribune’s exclusive coverage of the Shaddix Company’s move here.

The Town is using the funds to widen and resurface Park Drive, just off U.S. Highway 31, to accommodate the heavy truck traffic which will travel frequently to and from the new facility. Shaddix is acquiring a 23-acre tract of property to construct its new $2.5-million facility. Once in full operation, the facility will create six new jobs in addition to 12 previously existing jobs which will move to the new location.

“When businesses expand and create new jobs, they are helping not just themselves but the communities in which they operate,” Ivey said. “I am pleased to provide this grant to help South Vinemont invest in its future and in those living and working in the town.”    

Shaddix makes precast concrete products such as tornado shelters, storm drainage boxes, sanitary sewer manholes, septic tanks and grease traps.   

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“ADECA supports Gov. Ivey in her commitment to helping rural communities create more economic development opportunities and bring new jobs to residents,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “Partnerships with municipalities like South Vinemont through the Community Development Block Grant program help build a better future for the state.”

ADECA administers an array of programs that support law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.

Ivey notified South Vinemont Mayor Radginal Dodson the grant had been approved. Local matching funds of $15,000 will supplement the grant.