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Avery Outdoors Is Looking At C’ville Addition

By David Howell

    A Coffeeville business is seeking to consolidate its Memphis warehouse to their Yalobusha location.

    Avery Outdoors spokesman Allen Hughes attended the supervisors’ meeting last Monday to get county input on available options for the proposed expansion. Avery Outdoors is located on county-owned property on Tennessee Street in Coffeeville. Approximately 25 people work at this location.

    The company is one of the leading manufacturers of waterfowl hunting accessories. Hughes told supervisors that the addition, a 50,000 square feet metal warehouse, will create a minimum of five new jobs for the county and possibly more in the future.

    Hughes explained to supervisors that he was open for suggestions about the proposed transaction. The primary option identified by Hughes was for his company to purchase two acres of land from the county. Hughes said the land would be used as collateral for a bank loan for the building.

    A second option, outlined at the meeting, would be for the county to construct the building and lease it to Avery Outdoors. Either way, Hughes said his company would like to see the new building  constructed adjacent to the current building. The old and new buildings would be connected with a a walkway to allow access for forklifts.

    “We are very pleased that Avery is using the building,” Supervisor Tommy Vaughn told Hughes.

    If Avery Outdoors purchases acreage from the county, Board Attorney John Crow said the county would have to get an appraisal to determine the fair market value of the property. The county owns over 16 acres at the site.

    Other business conducted at the meeting included:

    • Yalobusha County Sheriff Lance Humphreys received permission to sell three vehicles, two well-worn patrol cars and one drug-seized pickup. He also got board approval to deposit $2,322 in drug seized funds into his department’s PIPE fund.

    • Accepted a bid from Pierce Manufacturing for a new fire truck in the county. The single bidder’s price for the truck was $189,657.

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