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Recruiters eye UAW property

March 10, 2010

Recruiters eye UAW property

— Local industrial recruiters are eying a 7-acre piece of property owned by the United Auto Workers Local 2195 in South Limestone County, according to union and local officials.

Joe Rypkowski in the UAW regional office confirmed Tuesday that union representatives have talked to Limestone County officials about the property off Sandy Road near the now closed Delphi Saginaw plant.

“There has been some discussions and a proposal to the union, but there has been no decision at this point,” said Rypkowski.

He referred questions to Local 2195 Retiree Chapter Chairman Chuck McDonald of Athens.

“We are reviewing the proposal and we have discussed it, but it’s premature right now to say anything,” said McDonald.

Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert called the proposal an “option” on the land.

“It’s in case an industry comes along, we wanted an option,” said Seibert.

Seibert could not confirm that a specific industry is looking at the property.

“A lot of people have looked, but nobody has bought,” said Seibert.

He said the transaction is still in the discussion phase.

“We’re talking about it and they are talking to their union membership,” said Seibert. “I don’t know what stage it is at.”

Limestone County Economic Development Association President Tom Hill said he had “no comment” about the ongoing discussions.

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