Council grants to help bring nearly 200 jobs to Sussex County


Sussex County Council members voted this week to give two companies an economic development grant in an effort to grow jobs in the county.

Atlantis Industries Corporation of Milton will receive $44,800, or $800 per job, provided the jobs stay in Sussex County. Dave Bunting of Atlantis Industries Corporation explained that they have recently gone from 36 to 48 employees and have plans to grow even more in the coming years. The company has been in Milton for 50 years and is a custom injection molder and tool maker. He said they have plans to grow sales 100 percent in the next 24 months.

Grayling Industries — part of ILC Dover — is set to receive a $92,000 economic development grant from the County. Brad Walters, vice president of operations, explained that they are moving a manufacturing company from Mexico to Seaford.

He said that, with the exception of a few sales positions from Mexico and nearby Frederica, Md., all of their jobs will be new and will be filled with people from the area. He explained that they had a job fair recently with more than 400 applicants and have plans to hire about 135 people in the next three to four years. They have to move about 85 pieces of equipment from Mexico into Seaford and will have nine production lines.

Walters explained that they design and manufacture a variety of products for numerous businesses, using engineered products. They plan to move their Juarez, Mexico, operation to Seaford in the next year. Their Alpharetta, Georgia, operation will relocate by the end of 2013, and their El Paso, Texas, warehouse operation will transfer to Seaford by 2014.

“I never thought I would see the day that jobs were coming back from Mexico to the United States,” said Councilman Vance Phillips, “so, if for that reason alone, I vote yes.”

The council also voted on April 30 to grant $1,000 to Trap Pond Partners; $264.95 to Sussex Technical High School for a sports poster; $750 to the Town of Georgetown for their Spring into Spring Festival on May 18; $1,000 to the Georgetown Boys & Girls Club; $200 to the American Legion Unit 28 Auxiliary; $1,000 to Delaware Ducks Unlimited; $400 to the Gator Softball team; $500 to Cheer for their Wheels for Meals Classic Car Show; and $1,000 to Sussex Cyclists.

In addition, County staff announced that most public libraries in Sussex County will close on Thursday, May 9, so staff can attend the annual Delaware Library Association/Maryland Library Association (DLA/MLA) conference in Ocean City, Md.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.sussexcountyde.gov.