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Blauer Company Seeks Year Lease On County Building

Blauer Manufacturing Company’s Vice-President of Distributions and Logistics Elvest Cook (standing, middle) outlines potential long-term plans for use of the county-owned Avery Building as county officials listen.

By David Howell

COFFEEVILLE – County officials hammered out details with the Blauer Manufacturing Company for a 12-month lease for the county-owned Avery Building in Coffeeville during the “first Monday” meeting at the Coffeeville courthouse on Nov. 3. If the agreement is inked, Blauer will pay $1,000 per month, plus pay all utilities and keep a million dollar liability policy on the property.
    Currently the company rents the building on a month-to-month basis to store equipment. County Economic Director Bob Tyler shared the company’s tentative plans for the 86,600 square foot building that would use a portion of the building to sell the company’s seconds in addition to the storage use.
    Blauer provides uniforms for law enforcement, fire/EMS, and military communities in the United States. It also offers a wide variety of shirts, pants mid-layers, base-layers, safety vests, accessories and footwear.
    Tyler described the company’s operations that include headquarters in the industrial park in Lafayette County, a big production and manufacturing operation in Mexico, an inventory building in Charleston and a manufacturing plant in Missouri.
    “So they have a lot of employees,” Tyler noted.
    “They have a lot of seconds, they would like to sell seconds out of the front part of the building,” Tyler explained before introducing the company’s vice-president of the company’s distributions and logistics, Elvest Cook.
    “Our seconds are just like firsts, in my opinion. If you know anything about our company, we produce top-notch goods,” Cook told supervisors, adding that selling the goods in Coffeeville would keep him from having to send the products to Mexico. He was up-front with supervisors, explaining that he was still working to put the plan together internally.
    “I am trying to get my foot in the door here, so I can get employees stationary here, but I have to get the work here, that’s what I am after,” Cook explained.
    “That’s a starting point for us,” District 5 Supervisor Frank “Bubba” Tillman said, noting the building had been mostly vacant in recent years.
    “Anything we do is better than keeping an empty building out there,” he added.
    Cook said the location is ideal for selling seconds, noting the proximity to Oxford.
    “I’m from Oakland, of course I am interested in this county. I would like to see what I can develop here. But I also don’t want to hurt this county. If you have somebody come in and wants to work 100 people, you can put that in there,” Cook continued as an option was added to the agreement allowing the county the option to terminate the contract with 90 days notice.
    “It’s a very low price, but we want you here,” Board President Tommy Vaughn said as Board Attorney John Crow gathered details to write the contract.
    During a second supervisor meeting, held Nov. 10, supervisors entered executive session to again discuss the project.
    Other business conducted at the Nov. 3  meeting not previously reported includes:
    • Purchased a $625 advertisement from Southern Engineering Maps that includes 300 copies of the county map for distribution. The maps are updated every three years and free to the public.  The new map will also include a Water Valley street map, but will not include Coffeeville, with the sales rep telling county officials that there was not enough advertising in that area.
    • Approved applications from logging companies to exceed the posted weight limit while hauling timber. The applications included Timberland Harvesters, LLC on County Roads 96 and 97 in District 1; Oak Creek Timber LLC on County Roads 151, 103 and 104 in District 3; T.L. Reid Timber Co., Inc. on Spring Hill Road; Fly Timber Company Co. Inc., on County Roads 469, 186, 221 in District 5; and Timberland Harvesters on County Roads 134 and 215 in Districts 1 and 5.
    As part of the application process each company must post a $2,000 bond to cover any damages assessed by supervisors.
    • Approved the holiday scheduled for county employees for Thanksgiv-ing, Christmas and New Year’s. The days scheduled for holidays include Thanksgiving day on Nov. 27, along with Nov. 28; Christmas eve and Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and January 2.
    • Approved an application to sell beer/light wine for Bobby Joe Felty, Jr. at Long Branch Bait Shop LLC. The application was for hot beer only, sold for off-premises consumption.

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