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Grant to help bring water to AlphaPet

By Eric Fleischauer
eric@decaturdaily.com 340-2435

The Decatur-Morgan County Port Authority received a $200,000 federal grant, which it will use to extend water and sewer to AlphaPet Inc. on Finley Island Road.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, announced the grant Thursday. The grant came from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Morgan County Economic Development Association President Jeremy Nails said the grant also will expand access to water and sewer for other property in the Finley Island Road area.

Shelby said the Port Authority will contribute $222,000 to the total expansion cost of $422,000.

AlphaPet, a subsidiary of Thailand-based Indorama Polymers Group, announced last month its plan to invest $160.6 million in a plant that will manufacture a chemical used in plastic beverage containers.

After the facility's completion in September 2009, officials expect AlphaPet to employ 100 workers with an annual payroll of $4.5 million.

Nails said The North-central Alabama Regional Council of Governments was instrumental in securing the grant.

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