Watson Engineering expands, Mill Town Players get funding

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Anderson County Council

By Stan Welch

In a very brief, businesslike meeting, Anderson County Council approved several ATACS allocations, including funding for the Mill Town Players in the amount of $3,000. Those funds became available as the result of a vote to reallocate $50,000 that had been slated for repairs to the roof of the county museum. Council chairman Tommy Dunn noted that those funds were available from another source. Prior to that vote, the Mill Town Players had been unfunded by the county.

The Upstate Equine organization also saw a thousand dollar increase in funding, to four thousand. District Seven councilwoman Cindy Wilson, who is on that organization’s board of directors, recused herself briefly while the change was voted on without opposition.

The Council also gave third reading approval to a series of amendments to existing incentive agreements between the County and Watson Engineering, located in the Piedmont industrial area. Watson Engineering has exceeded the thresholds established in their original incentive agreements, and has experienced more rapid growth than anticipated.

The amended agreements reflect an additional capital investment of $5.7 million, as the company adds another facility. The growth will also create an additional 85 jobs, with an annual payroll of approximately $3 million.