BRIDGEPORT, Ala. (WDEF) — Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has announced a $190,422 Community Development Block grant to help create jobs in Bridgeport.
Back in March, Mohawk Industries closed a fiber mill in Bridgeport. The grant is intended to provide the infrastructure needed to reopen that plant.
According to the Governor’s Office, Mohawk plans to renovate and upgrade the facility to improve productivity.
The grant will help improve access to city water, the Governor’s Office says.
Mohawk says they plan to hire 65 people for the plant.
In a news release, Governor Ivey said, “Job creation continues to be a top priority of my administration. Mohawk is a widely recognized name in the flooring industry, and I am delighted the company is investing in Bridgeport and Jackson County and providing job opportunities for our citizens. This project is a great example of what can be accomplished when everyone works together to address a community need.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.