Anderson County approves tax incentives for new facility in Piedmont

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By Stan Welch
The Anderson County Council gave final reading approval to an incentive package that will result in Element Materials Technology (Element) opening a new facility in Piedmont, creating thirty one jobs. The company will make a $3.4 million capital investment.
Element provides services to more than forty thousand customers in various fields, including transportation, oil and gas, fire and building materials, and aerospace. They employ approximately 6700 experts in these various fields, across the globe. They operate 188 laboratory facilities in thirty two countries around the world.
The thirty thousand square foot facility is located at 1370 Shiloh Road, and will begin operations in December. District Six Councilman Ken Waters cited Element’s addition to an increasingly diverse industrial base in the county. “We are very happy to see such a world class company begin operations in northern Anderson County.”
The company has begun hiring. Applicants can visit www.element.com/careers.
Members of the Anderson Chamber of Commerce also appeared to remind the Council of the many benefits to be had by the passage or adoption of both Sunday liquor sales, and the countywide hospitality tax.
The Council voted to deny a rezoning request for 3.8 acres located on Massey Road in the Powdersville area. The request was to amend the zoning ordinance to change the zoning from residential/agriculture to residential/mixed. A request to rezone approximately 72 acres at the intersection of Harriet Circle and Midway Road was approved.
The Council also approved the sale of just over four acres of county owned land at the southwest corner of Orange Way and Martin Road to One World Technology (TTI).