The Industrial Coordinating/Oversight Committee voted Thursday evening to move Russ Dixon’s name forward as the city’s next representative on the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Industrial Development Board.
Dixon, whose career has been centered on the utility industry, also serves as the current vice chairman of Fayetteville Public Utilities’ board of directors. If approved by the Fayetteville Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Lincoln County Commission, Dixon would finish out Jeff Alder’s term on the board.
Alder, whose term expires at the end of June, had to give up his seat on the industrial board after being elected as a city alderman in November.
Since 2001, Dixon has been employed with Centric Consulting, LLC, where he serves as vice president and Indianapolis practice lead with the firm’s energy and utilities practice. He earned a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1997.
In other business, Industrial Coordinating/Oversight Committee members praised HIROTEC America, Inc.’s recent selection of Runway Centre in southern Lincoln County for its new manufacturing facility. The automotive supplier, a member of the Japan-based HIROTEC Group, announced in December it will invest over $40 million and create more than 100 jobs here in the next three years.
“I’m proud of all the industrial board has done,” said Doug Cunningham, who opened Thursday’s meeting as the committee’s chair, going on to describe the board’s recent activity. “I believe we’ll have more announcements early this year,” he said, referring to prospects considering sites in FLC Industrial Park on U.S. Highway 64 East where a new spec building and the former Nippon Steel building are located.
In the committee’s annual election of officers, Alder was elected to serve as chairman, Cunningham as vice chairman, and Donna Hartman as secretary.
Board members also discussed the need to identify additional sites with infrastructure already in place that might be developable as industrial property.