WQCH is reporting that an unnamed company is eyeing old Barwick Archer plant in the Kensington community north of Lafayette. Company representatives reportedly made their fourth visit to Walker county to look at the plant Friday.
Larry Brooks, Dir. of the Walker County Development Authority, said the company is considering a purchase of all 300 acres at the former carpet plant.
“They would tear down the existing buildings and build new ones to suit their operation,” Brooks said.
The owner of the property, Drennon Crutchfield, is currently leasing the grounds to Volkswagen, which uses the property to hold several thousands of cars awaiting repair following the massive diesel emissions scandal that unfolded in 2015. However, Brooks said that Volkswagen’s lease is up in about a year, and that a year is about the amount of time it would take the prospective buyer to do initial engineering plans and go through the red tape.
That comment seems to imply Brooks believes that the purchase is likely to close.
Brooks could not reveal the product or industry of the prospective buyer, but he said that in would be a strong employment boon to the surrounding area. He added that in addition to his land, the company is also considering a site in Tennessee.
Representatives from the Georgia Dept. Economic Development and the Office of the Governor reportedly attended the meeting with company officials.