I just wanted to come up and officially announce the $350,000 for the industrial access road and bridge fund to build this access road, said McInnes. We're delighted to be a partner with PEMCO to make this happen and we appreciate Rep. Lindsey and all those who had a hand in convincing us it was a good idea. The road and bridge authority is three people, the transportation director, the state treasurer and the state finance director. So it passed unaminously, congratulations and work will start soon.
On behalf of the PEMCO Corporation, I would like to thank the state, the county and the city of Leesburg for the support they've given PEMCO, said John Davies, president, PEMCO of Leesburg. We have transitioned from Balitmore to here. We've increased our employment from about 44 last year to 94 now. We are expanding, our export business is thriving, so this road is going to help both from a safety point of view and for our expansion in the future.
We appreciate the Department of Transportation and Gov. Riley and Mr. McInnes' support in getting the access money for PEMCO, said Richard Lindsey, Cherokee County representative to the Alabama Leguslature. It is going to be very important. It is going to be much safer for the employees and the trucks that are coming in. It's a great project and it is going to help bring jobs to Cherokee County.
Leesburg Mayor Ed Mackey extended his appreciation to the Cherokee County Commission, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and others who had a hand in securing the $350,000 grant.
This is not a one-man operation, said Mackey. On behalf of the town of Leesburg, I want to thank everybody.