By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Mississippi Development Authority officials and legislators helped local officials mark the opening Friday of a new road that connects U.S. Highway 72 to Kendrick Road at the Kimberly-Clark manufacturing plant.
Meanwhile, company leaders are breathing a sigh of relief that an important link in their manufacturing chain is finally in place.
“We have 1,500 shipments in and out every month,” said Kimberly-Clark plant manager Vince Overholt. “They all travel Kendrick Road and 99 percent of them Harper Road. In the future Harper Road traffic south will be gone as different shippers realize this road is open, and we’ll be getting that word out.”
Overholt was joined by Garrick Combs, MDA project manager, in congratulating Alcorn County on completing the 4.5-mile road, a more than $10 million project that has been years in the making.
Combs noted that on his first trip to Alcorn County in 2009 to assess how MDA’s more than $7.5 million was being spent, he was assured by District 4 Supervisor Gary Ross, then board president, that the project would be completed.
“Thanks to Gary Ross for his dedication,” Combs said.
Board President and District 1 Supervisor Lowell Hinton cut the ribbon on the project, thanking Kimberly-Clark officials for their commitment as a community partner and major employer.
“We’re looking forward to helping you grow,” Hinton said.
Besides shipping efficiencies for the company, the town of Farmington and its residents are poised to reap great benefits as well.
“About 90 percent of the road is in the city limits, and I’m so excited about what it’s going to mean to us,” said Farmington Mayor Dale Fortenberry.