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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – Alabama has reached an all-time high in the availability of quality buildings for industrial projects.

“For us, industrial spaces have been eaten up over the past few years, so it’s been a challenge and we’re grateful to Sam Houston Industrial Park for reopening,” Mayor Mark Saliba said.

For the past 6 months, the park that was idle has been brought back to life – construction took place on a $57 million FedEx Ground facility, and now work will begin on a 100 million Shell spec building. 000 square feet which will sit on a 41 acre lot.

“It will put us at the forefront of other Opportunity projects that we now want to launch quickly,” said Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker. “About 85% of your projects are looking for available buildings, quick time to market, and seizing that opportunity.”

An opportunity that alone could bring 75 to 200 jobs. Parker said a manufacturing cast will likely be chosen for the specification building – the building was submitted for a number of projects before work began.

“It’s research where you’re competing against 12 or 15 other states, but it gives you something to submit if you don’t have a project to market, you don’t exist,” Parker said.

City officials believe that both projects, the FedEx facility and the specification building, should be completed by the fall of this year.