Council Approves Tax Abatements For Jobs

The Gadsden City Council during its organizational session Monday took time to approve tax abatements for an industry expansion that will mean 18 new jobs.

The council approved non-education tax abatements for S.I.P. Inc. of Delaware. The company, which makes bridge decking, is planning a $2 million expansion at its plant adjacent to the former Gulf States Steel property, according to Mike McCain, executive director of the Gadsden-Etowah Industrial Development Authority.

McCain said the expansion will add 18 jobs over the next three years. Salaries will range from $33,000 to $40,000, depending on an employee’s skill level.

S.I.P., which McCain said has been in Gadsden for more than 10 years, now employs 37.

By Andy Powell
Times Staff Writer