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10/18/06-Tyler

200 East Texas Jobs Hinge On Road Decision

Loggins Meat Company is a family owned business that started in 1940. Bobby Loggins, president of the company, says they have now outgrown their current facility and want to expand.

"In order to grow, we have to expand our building," said Bobby Loggins, president of Loggins Meat Company. "The only way for it to make economic sense for us to do that is to expand the existing facility." One reason, Loggins says is the new security guidelines started after 911.

"Just being able to secure all our products," said Loggins. "It's not really a good situation to be transferrring products from one plant to the other. " Standing in Loggins way, a street. A road nearby residents don't want to see close.   That's because they often use Lyndon Avenue to get to Erwin Street. It's also this hill residents are concerned about.

"I've got to go down hill rather than up to get into my driveway now, so its a way for me to bottom out in my truck or front end of my car," said Joe Gilpin, who lives on Lyndon Avenue. Tom Mullins of the Tyler Economic Development Council says he wants the company to stay in Tyler.

"Most of the jobs provided in any community come from those you already have, so sending a message that we want you to stay here and grow here actually helps us market to other companies," said Tom Mullins, President of Tyler Economic Development Council. Loggins says if he cannot expand in Tyler, he will be forced to move somewhere else. Mullins says the city is trying to work with the residents and plans to build a culdisac to make it easier to turn around. The city will decide on the road closure a week from today during the city council meeting.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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