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County Commission Gives American Power Chassis One Year Extension

Russell County CourthouseThe Russell County Commissioners at their Monday meeting approved a one year extension for American Power Chassis to make good on opening their doors for business.

American Power Chassis, a new Russell industry to be housed in the old King of the Road building on Front Street, will manufacture RV chassis when open.

To help get the business going, a couple years ago the Commissioners and the Russell City Council approved an incentive package where the city and county would provide $400,000 each to the company. The agreement though had clawbacks based on whether or not certain opening dates and employee numbers were met. To date, the company has not met the required stipulations.

Until action taken Monday by the Commissioners, the deadline to meet those stipulations was March 15, 2014. The new deadline will be March 15, 2015.

Commissioner Alan Kuntzsch says the extension is all about jobs.

If the requirements are still not met after another years time, Kuntzsch says that will be the final deadline.

Other topics discussed at Monday's Commissioners meeting included the awarding of chemical bids for noxious weed spraying around the county, approval of county facility use for Freedom Fest this coming July and an upcoming relay race in Russell on April 15, and approval to give the city discounted landfill rates for the upcoming clean-up day on April 5.

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