Enterprise Ledger: Roby visits rebuilt, expanded Dorsey Trailer building
ELBA — Less than a year after fire damaged the building, Rep. Martha Roby (R-Alabama) on Monday visited a rebuilt and expanded facility at Dorsey Trailer.
Roby, who represents Alabama’s 2nd District that includes Coffee County, toured the facility with Dorsey executives and media members.
The building was damaged by fire on Nov. 2, 2016.
According to a news release from Roby’s office, the rebuild and expansion project covers 85,000 square feet and will create 25 more jobs. Dorsey President Trey Gary said the jobs will be in production, and that the company still is hiring to fill all positions. The project was partially paid for with a rural-development loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the news release said. Gary said the loan was for a little more than $1 million.
Roby said PowerSouth Energy Cooperative acted as intermediary between Dorsey and the USDA program. She called Monday’s event an important day in terms of seeing how the program helps create jobs at the local level.
“I was here just a few months ago to see how quickly they were able to stand up this new facility,” Roby said. “Again, it represents jobs for Coffee County and the surrounding area, and so it’s a big day and glad to be able to be here and celebrate that with them.”
Gary said the expansion can help to grow the area’s economy.
“We’re seeing activity, really great, trying to move from 250 trailers a month with the goal of next year to have 300 trailers a month, so we’re excited,” Gary said.
Dorsey Trailer has about 300 employees, Gary said.