Tax break helps Dunlap firm add jobs

photo Dunlap Mayor Dwain Land

A locally owned steel fabricating plant in Dunlap, Tenn., is poised to move to a new building and potentially double its workforce, city leaders said.

The city's industrial development board is set to meet Dec. 30 to approve a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for Benton Steel Fabricating. The company will get a 10-year break on city and Sequatchie County property taxes in its new 40,000-square-foot facility.

Office manager Carol Swafford said Thursday the company specializes in components for industrial equipment and cabinets and racks for electrical backup power products. She said it's too early to say exactly how many workers Benton Steel might hire. The company's biggest customer is changing models, and Benton is bidding on the job, she said.