A rural county in western Nevada is pinning its hopes for economic growth on a newly opened industrial park inside Hawthorne Army Depot.
On Tuesday, state and local leaders and Army officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Hawthorne Technology and Industrial Center, which the Mineral County Economic Development Authority is marketing to industrial users that require large amounts of space such as buffer areas. A fireworks firm is one of two companies that already have agreed to lease space at the new business park, reported KOLO TV.
The other tenant is a logistics company that needs space to store thousands of rail cars. The county also is trying to attract manufacturers and companies working in the unmanned aerial vehicle industry. One selling point is the site’s access to West Coast markets.
“It’s a game-changer having a more-than-16,000-acre certified economic development site,” said Shelley Hartmann, director of the Mineral County Economic Development Authority.
The project takes advantage of the Armament Retooling and Manufacturing Support (ARMS) program, which encourages the commercial use of underutilized facilities owned by the Army and managed by contractor operators.
“I think this will be fantastic,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Gibbons, who partnered with local officials on the project. “We do it in many other facilities throughout the Army and throughout the country,” he said.