Jasper may adopt the mantra from the movie “Field of Dreams” as the city’s official slogan.
“If you build it, they will come,” has already proved true in using speculative buildings and sites to lure industrial prospects.
On Dec. 1, Jasper opened its fifth speculative building, with a number of companies already looking at the property.
The $1.9 million, 53,000-square-foot building at 4080 Whitehouse Road marks the fourth time Jasper has used the Alabama Power spec building program.
The most recent success came with a 50-acre site a quarter of a mile away from the newest spec building in the Jasper Industrial Park. That site is now where Yorozu, an automotive supplier, is building a $100 million plant and creating 300 jobs.
“When you have a facility like this, it just creates opportunities,” Walker County Development Authority Director David Knight said during an open house at the new building. “We actually started seeing projects want to come in and look at this facility before we had steel going vertical. We’ve seen a lot of projects recently. And, of course, with the opening now, or the actual completion of I-22, we anticipate that trend to continue.”