A new plant, employing hundreds of people and paying very well, could soon be coming to Meridian.
That plant would make modular homes. Company officials say, at least in the beginning, Gulf Coast hurricane victims would be their main customers.
That company is called New Gulf Homes. It is the brain child of Dr. Randy Nance of Meridian. His company is building modular homes. Right now they are being sent to the Gulf Coast.
New Gulf Homes is supplied by All American Building Systems in Decatur, Ind. It appears that All American is looking to build another plant in the southeast, and according to Dr. Nance, because of the dedication of the workforce and its proximity to the coast, Meridian is the obvious choice.
"We're looking at creating 300 jobs in Meridian and in Lauderdale County that will pay, we believe, between $12.00 and $14.00 per hour," said Nance. "And that's not bad."
The first modular home was erected on the Gulf Coast last week.
Nance says his homes are a good choice because of their affordability and the time it takes to build.
These homes take about four to six weeks to build, compared with about nine months to a year for a site-built home.
The announcement of where that plant will be located could come as early as the next couple of weeks. Once a location is chosen, the construction should take about nine months.
Dr. Nance says that if Meridian is the location that plant should be operational by this time next year.