“I must say that I was somewhat surprised by the announcement,” Heiskell said. “I was not aware of any plans to close the plant until I received the call yesterday.”
Heiskell explained she was saddened to hear of the plant’s closure.
“My heart goes out to the families that will be affected by this loss of jobs. This is certainly a blow to all of us here within our community,” Heiskell said.
Although the closure points to a deepening of the recession on the local economy, Heiskell said she remains optimist about the prospects interested in possibly locating within Walker County.
“We are seeing a heightened amount of interest that is coming into our county from interested business parties considering locating here,” Heiskell explained.
“Hopefully we will be able to fill this gap left by the closing of Blue Bird with these other economic possibilities in a timely manner,” Heiskell continued.
Heiskell concluded, “I want the people of Walker County to know that I am committed to leaving no stone unturned when it comes to attracting new opportunities to support the livelihood of our county.”