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Anderson County Incentive Deals Could Add 2 Companies, 400 Jobs

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Anderson County Leaders are in the process of approving two separate tax-incentives deals which could bring 400 new jobs to the area.

County Council voted unanimously in a special called meeting Tuesday to move a deal for "Project Mustang" along for a final vote and public hearing next week.

Leaders won't reveal what the company is citing confidentiality agreements, but county documents show it's a 111-year-old US based family owned company.

The company is in its original location and this would be its first expansion outside of its home state.

Mustang promises 250 jobs and a $22 million capital investment over the next five years.

The average wage for the job would be around $17.50 an hour.

"They seem to be real community oriented people and I think it's a good connection and good for Anderson County," Councilman Tommy Dunn said.

If the deal passes another vote by council to provide millions in tax incentives, these jobs could be here very soon.

"They really want to start the work immediately," council chairman Francis Crowder said.

Leaders express concern in the incentive justification documents over the unemployment rate of 8.5 percent in Anderson County. They also lament the loss of 3,500 permanent jobs since 2008.

The county also has another project in the pipeline which was discussed in a finance meeting Monday.

That manufacturing company could add 150 jobs to the area if approved in the coming months.

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