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Sussex County approves Grants to Support Nearly 200 Local Jobs


Georgetown, Del. - Nearly 200 jobs are coming to Delaware.  

Sussex County Council approved economic development grants awarding nearly $140,000 to two companies at it's April 30 meeting.  

The grants are going to ILC/Grayling Industries and Atlantis Industries Corp. The grants are the
County's contribution to incentive packages of local and State funds aimed at spurring job
growth that are being used to help the businesses take root in Sussex County.

"These grants are an investment in jobs and an investment in Sussex County's future. We believe the County's contribution, albeit small, will pay big dividends for these job creators and the scores of Sussex County citizens who will work in these operations and spend their paychecks in our community," said Todd Lawson, County Administrator.

Council approved a $92,000 grant from the County's Economic Development Fund for
ILC/Grayling Industries, which plans to move 115 jobs to the Seaford area from Mexico later
this year as part of its plastic containment systems manufacturing operation.

Council approved a $44,800 grant to Atlantis Industries of Milton, which will keep its current 36
jobs here and add 20 more for its custom injection molding and tool-making business.
ILC/Grayling Industries announced early this year plans to relocate to Sussex, which won over
three other locations; Atlantis Industries, meanwhile, had been exploring relocation elsewhere.

Both grants are based on a formula of $800 per job created or retained through expansion, a
rate previously approved by the County in another incentive program created in 2011. Funding
for the grants comes through the County's Economic Development Fund, which was
established in 2004 as a way to boost local projects and stimulate job creation.

Each company submitted a grant application to the County in March, and after a review of their
business plans and other requirements were recommended to the Council for approval by the
County's Economic Development Committee. That five-member advisory panel includes the
County Administrator, Finance Director, Economic Development Director, County Attorney
and a member of the business community.

The grants will be subject to a ‘clawback' provision ensuring each applicant creates the
number of full-time jobs proposed. If not, funding would be returned to the County.

Additionally, each applicant will be subject to a six-month audit by the County to track the progress of the grants and job creation, said County Finance Director Susan Webb.

Council President Michael Vincent said the grants will have a far-reaching effect, as each
business will do business with other local companies, creating what is known as a ‘multiplier
effect.' Overall, the Council's approval demonstrates Sussex County's willingness to create an
environment where businesses can flourish.

"This County Council has made economic development our No. 1 priority, and these grants
today represent the County's follow-through on that commitment. Whether it's our current airport runway extension project, this winter's dredging of the Nanticoke River, or offering incentives like this today, Sussex County has shown repeatedly that it's all about business. We're ready to do what it takes so businesses can get to work," said Vincent.


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