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LCDA resolves to bring in Western Power Sports

A bare quorum of the Liberty County Development Authority acted Friday to bring a distribution facility for Western Power Sports to a location in the authority’s Tradeport East Business Center.

After a short closed-door session the authority resolved to sell a 33-acre site along Sunbury Road in TPE for $309,135. All arrangements are interim only while the authority and Shoemaker Properties, owner of Western, further plan and develop the project.

The project is expected to create substantial employment opportunities in Liberty County and have a favorable impact on the local economy.

The LCDA resolution allows it to issue up to $16 million in revenue bonds to help finance the project. An industrial lease agreement and a memorandum of understanding are some of the documents remaining to be executed.

Based in Boise, Idaho, Western Power Sports was incorporated in 1960 and distributes over 130,000 products that include offroad and street motorcycle, All Terrain Vehicle, snowmobile, and watercraft parts and accessories to thousands of dealers nationwide.

WPS says it is currently the fastest growing nation-wide delivery system of powersports industry products and delivers these products through its regional warehouse network, with locations in Idaho, California, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Texas.

State Rep. Al Williams made the motion to launch the Shoemaker project and the LCDA chairman, Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown, and members Graylan Quartermain and Melissa Carter Ray voted in favor.

Other members of the authority are Brian Smith, County Commission Chairman Donald Lovette and Matthew Barrow.

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