2017-03-20 / Local News

Tire kickers or buyers?

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Staff Writer

Once considered the area’s largest real estate white elephant, the shuttered DSE plant just might come to life.

Large and specialized buildings like the 300,000 square foot DSE facility can take extended periods of marketing, and rarely do they sell for anything close to the cost of construction. Often they sell at a deep discount.

But Cherokee County Development Board Director Jim Cook said activity has picked up recently in the building located on Hwy. 329.

“We had four companies look at it,” Cook said.

Cook wouldn’t speculate if any of the prospects is a serious buyer but he’s encouraged by the interest.

The plant was home to a textile manufacturer before it was bought by Tampa-based munitions maker DSE in 2008.

Five years later, the plant was closed when the company was apparently snubbed in its efforts to take part in a new $64.5 million contract to provide 40 millimeter practice and tactical ammunition for the U.S. Government.

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