If all goes accordingly, Parsons and Decatur County will receive five for the price of one when Infinity Laboratories, Inc. opens for business in three months. Infinity, a Tennessee-based start-up company, will occupy 25,000 square feet of a county-owned building to house five businesses for manufacturing and production.
“The products include a tire sealant which will extend the life of a tire and makes a tire flat free,” Infinity President Marty White said. “It’s pre-treatment, and once you put the product in the tire, you can’t have a flat.”
White said Infinity will also produce duck decoys, hunting and fishing equipment, an environmental safe cleaning product, and in 2014, the company will begin production of a golf cart, which will use 80 percent less energy than any cart on the market. Originally from Louisiana, White said 11 sites were in the running for Infinity.
“Everything was in place…schools and the outdoors,’’ White said. “There will be quite a bit of renovation to the building and our start-up budget is (approximately? $1.7 million, but we’ll be receiving some grants from the state and they will assist with the training.” White said Infinity will initially employ 15.
“By the end of the year our work force should be 50-to-70,” White said. “When we get all five going, which is a 24-to-36 month projection, we should have 300 employees.”
Decatur County Chamber of Commerce President Charles Taylor said Infinity has leased approximately 25,000 square feet of the 80,000 square foot Decatur County Industrial Development Center building in Parsons.
“The facility was purchased by Decatur County in 2012 to use as a county maintenance facility and to utilize as an incubator facility to attract new industry to the area,” Taylor said. “(Infinity) is going to use 25,000 square feet and that leaves us with 45,000 square feet.”
Taylor sees Infinity as a good fit for the county and the area. “Two of their products have to do with hunting and fishing,” Taylor said. “And there is a lot of hunting and fishing going on in Decatur County.”
But Taylor stressed the importance of employment. “It’s all about the jobs,” Taylor said. “It begins with 15 jobs and that may not seem like a lot, but for a county the size of Decatur County, that’s big..”
(Story courtesy of The Jackson Sun; written by David Thomas, March 24, 2013)