A global animal nutrition company, Alltech will become the first occupant at Pikeville, Kentucky’s new Marion Branch industrial site, with plans to create an aquaculture and poultry layer facility.
The site, called Marion Branch, is a 380-acre city-owned former surface mine site which is within Pikeville city limits. Pikeville City Commission worked to obtain the infrastructure of a bridge, road, water and sewer to encourage business development in the area.
Located within five miles of downtown Pikeville, the city acquired the property with the intent to attract development. Local officials have made improvements to the site, including funding sewer extension to the property.
Mayor Frank Justice said, “We welcome them as the first new business, with a hope of many more to soon follow in our newly developed industrial site.”
“We are delighted to have the support of Governor Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers and the Commonwealth of Kentucky
that will make it possible for Alltech and other companies to operate at the Marion Branch Industrial Park,” said Deirdre Lyons, Co-founder/Director of Corporate Image and Design at Alltech. “We are also thankful to the City of Pikeville for their continued support and shared vision for prosperity in eastern Kentucky. We hope that through our decision to build an aquaculture and layer facility at Marion Branch, as well as a new brewery and distillery in downtown Pikeville, we can be a catalyst for further economic development in the area.”
To support the project, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet provided up to $5.73 million for an access road to the Marion Branch Industrial Park. The money will come from a cabinet fund that is specifically for industrial access roads. The new road will be wide enough to accommodate tractor-trailers. Work is to include paving and striping and installation of curbs and gutters. The city of Pikeville will perform the construction under an agreement with the cabinet. In addition, the Kentucky Highway Plan provides $8 million for construction of a bridge over the Levisa Fork, which, with approaches, will connect the access road and U.S. 23. In order to advance this project, the state will expedite construction of the bridge.