BEAR CREEK - A new manufacturing company has announced plans to open its doors next spring, providing by summer at least 150 jobs and a tremendous boost not only to the economy of its home site of Bear Creek, but the entire county and region.
Mike Barnett, general manager, and Todd Evans, vice president of sales, marketing and operations for Timber Creek Housing, were special guests at the Monday, Nov. 16, Bear Creek Town Council meeting, breaking the news to Mayor Rob Taylor and council members.
Timber Creek Housing will occupy the former industrial site where Marion and Crimson Homes and most recently Lil’ Lodges were located off County Highway 65. The buildings, which have been vacant since around 2008, are now coming back to life, as extensive renovations and remodeling are beginning at the site in preparation for a March 1, opening, company officials informed.
Barnett informed the mayor, council and the fairly large audience at the council meeting, held at the Bear Creek Municipal Building, that they purchased the old Marion Homes building two weeks ago and are in the process of doing a complete overhaul at the property.
“The building is going to have new exterior skin, a new roof, a complete new office,” Barnett said.
“We are certainly super excited about being in Bear Creek,” added Evans, who grew up in Haleyville, but has family from Bear Creek. Evans has been, along with Barnett, in the manufactured housing industry for around 30 years.
“It’s a really good opportunity for our company and for the community, too, and we look forward to being here,” Evans added.
“It will be a good partner for Bear Creek,” he said. “We’ll help the community any way we can and look forward to being here for a long, long time.”
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