Greenup County landed a sizable grant Monday that county leaders will help solidify job growth in Wurtland and surrounding areas.
The Department for Local Government (DLG) in Frankfort confirmed Monday an $819,300 Community Development Block Grant was allocated to Greenup County Fiscal Court, on behalf of the Riverport Authority, to construct a rail spur at Wright-Mix Material Solutions in Wurtland. In July the Pikeville-based concrete company, along with Gov. Matt Bevin, announced Wright-Mix's plans to create 130 jobs and invest $8.5 million in a new production facility at the river port in Wurtland.
"We've been looking for (news on this grant application) for a couple of weeks and we hoped they would ok it," said Greenup County Fiscal Court Judge Executive Bobby Carpenter. "It's for a rail spur, you have to have a crossing, and there will also be a set of scales and a scale facility in this same mix...that is a scale to weigh trucks for the authority."
Carpenter said the grant will help provide more access to transportation for Wright -- a new job creator in the Tri-State. The facility will specialize in fully-automated toll blending and bagging operations. Carpenter said the grant was a "truly collaborative effort" involving leadership from Wurtland, Boyd County, Greenup, the Greenup Boyd Riverport and Rep. Danny Bentley and Sen. Robin Webb.
“I am grateful to DLG and Greenup County officials for their work in securing these block grant funds for the Wright-Mix expansion project,” said Webb. “These funds will go a long way to ensuring that Greenup County has additional capacity for manufacturing and jobs which yield benefits to the surrounding community for years to come.”