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Busy times in Black Creek
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Expansion and growth seem to be watchwords at the Black Creek industrial park, so maybe it was fitting that construction at Black Creek Golf Club moved the Bryan County Development Authority's most recent meeting to the Hwy. 204 fire station.

Among the items discussed at the group's October meeting:

Bryan County Development Authority member Ted Aikens reported that the Dicon Technologies building is expected to be completed, optimistically, in November, although it's looking like it may be more like December.

A new marketing website, advertisement, brochures and fliers are also under production and are expected to be complete by the first of the year, said Gwen Strickland, Development Authority secretary.

Oracal has broken ground on its expansion between its current facility and Oneida and has asked to expand the ditch between their property and the next, according to attorney Carol Miller.

Randy Mertz, Oracal president, said the expansion is for warehouse space and additional production.

"A warehouse doesn't generally produce a lot of jobs, but the expansion will also hold additional production line space needed, and that's where the jobs come in. We hope to have the project completed by the end of first quarter next year in March or April, and depending on how many shifts we start with, we could expect about 15 more jobs to be added," he said.

Miller said the Kawasaki warehouse will be expanding its building by approximately 20,000 square feet.

According to DKW Logistics President Dennis Warren, the company is still discussing the expansion project and does not yet know how many jobs the expansion is expected to produce.

Site preparations have begun on Phase III of the Centre by clearing 50 acres the Development Authority is preparing.

"When companies come in, they want to see clear property, something that's ready to start with. We are trying to be ready for those interested by having trees cleared and the site in a condition that's ready to start," said Miller.

She said they are still drafting the covenants for Phase III, that they are still considering different options with engineers for the roadway to be put through it and that nothing has been set yet.

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