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Waterfront Development Coming to Gulf Shores; Selma to Get New $9M Pipe Factory

Mon November 06, 2023 - Southeast Edition #23
Legendary Marina and Yacht Club & Made in Alabam

Proposed Margaritaville Restaurant at Legendary Marina & Yacht Club, Gulf Shores, Ala. (Legendary Marina & Yacht Club rendering)
Proposed Margaritaville Restaurant at Legendary Marina & Yacht Club, Gulf Shores, Ala. (Legendary Marina & Yacht Club rendering)

The beach community of Gulf Shores, Ala., will soon see the opening of Legendary Marina & Yacht Club, a premier waterfront development, following the project's recent topping off of its hurricane rated boat storage facility in mid-October.

The event marked a major step forward in its commitment to providing the ultimate in luxury boating experience.

The topping off featured a traditional topping off ceremony where the final steel beam was painted gold before being signed by guests to be placed atop the new building, symbolizing progress and a bright future.

"We are incredibly excited to reach this topping off milestone, which represents a significant achievement in our mission to redefine a luxury boating experience on the Gulf Coast," said Rodney Chamberlain, vice president of Marina Developers LLC in Deston, Fla.

In addition to celebrating the topping off event, Legendary Marina & Yacht Club also announced the addition of a Margaritaville Restaurant to the property, another in a line of casual eating establishments patterned after the late singer Jimmy Buffett's popular song "Margaritaville."

"We have enjoyed our working experience with the city of Gulf Shores in the creation of what will eventually be the Town Center of Gulf Shores and include a festive marketplace and entertainment center anchored with a wet and dry marine complex," said Peter Bos, the CEO and founder of Legendary Marina & Yacht Club.

His company is a leader in the maritime industry, specializing in the development and management of cutting-edge boat marinas. With a commitment to innovation, sustainability and creating exceptional experiences for boaters, Legendary Marina is dedicated to shaping the future of recreational boating.

In addition, the Gulf Shores location of Legendary Marina & Yacht Club will feature:

  • Onsite fuel dockings.
  • Launch requests through a phone app.
  • Quick access to Jack Edwards Airport, only 1.2 mi. away.
  • Parking for over 200 vehicles.
  • Indoor boat storage for boats up to 50 ft. in length.
  • Round-the-clock security.
  • Complimentary waste pump-out service.
  • Complimentary freshwater fills.
  • An on-site service and parts department.
Pipe Manufacturer to Establish Factory in Selma

Colclasher Enterprises LLC, a plastic pipe manufacturer, officially announced plans to invest $9 million to establish a production facility in Selma, Ala.'s Craig Industrial Park as part of a project that will create 21 jobs. The Selma & Dallas County Economic Development Authority (EDA) said Colclasher has begun retrofitting an existing building at #2 Industrial Parkway for the manufacturing/distribution facility.

The company's goal is to operate a three-line plant, with the first two lines coming online in the first and third quarters of 2024, respectively. The project's third and final phase will take place later, according to reported Made in Alabama, the news site for the state Department of Commerce (DOC).

"We believe this project aligns with the long-term goals and vision of both our company, the Selma and Dallas County community, and the state of Alabama," said Lyle Bollin, vice president of business development for Colclasher Enterprises. "[It] includes numerous benefits such as job creation, economic gain, and a commitment to community development."

Growth Plans Already Afoot

Colclasher produces drainage solutions for agriculture, stormwater and residential applications, including corrugated plastic pipes, farm drainage tile, fittings, stormwater detention and infiltration systems, chambers, inlet structures and water quality treatment options.

With facilities in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Alabama, the company supplies customers across the Midwest and Southern United States.

The Selma & Dallas County EDA also said Colclasher's Selma facility project has potential for future growth and investment, depending upon industry trends. The company is considering the possibility of a 10,000-sq.-ft. expansion of the building, starting in July 2026. The third line could be fully operational by Jan. 1, 2027.

The manufacturer plans to gradually create jobs in the community over three years. The average wage at the facility will be approximately $24 per hour, with the starting wage for hourly earners ranging from $21.63 to $22.50, Made in Alabama reported.

By October of next year, the company hopes to have invested approximately $9 million in manufacturing equipment.

The EDA coordinated meetings with the Alabama Department of Commerce and the state Department of Revenue in locating the new Colclasher facility. Additionally, the Dallas County Commission and the Craig Field Airport & Industrial Authority assisted the EDA in bringing the project to fruition.

Business Impact On Rural Areas Continues to Expand

Brenda Tuck, rural development manager of the Alabama DOC, said Colclasher's selection of Selma for its growth project is a reminder that the state's rural communities are well positioned for investment and job creation.

"Corporate decision-makers around the world are increasingly gravitating towards the compelling business advantages offered [here]," she added. "Rural Alabama is home to high-performing companies operating in a broad array of industries, and new growth projects like the one just announced by Colclasher Enterprises will advance that reputation."

"I feel the company is a good fit for our community," noted EDA Executive Director Wayne Vardaman. "Corporate decision-makers around the world are increasingly gravitating toward the compelling business advantages offered by Alabama's rural communities."

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