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Hundreds of Jobs Coming to McNairy County

Hundreds of Jobs Coming to McNairy County

April 10, 2014

MCNAIRY COUNTY, Tenn. — An open field outside of Selmer will soon be the home of one of two solar plants, set to bring hundreds of jobs to the county. Strata Solar is constructing the two solar farms.

“We are super excited about this project and ready to break ground,” Selmer Mayor, John Smith, said.

Construction is expected to begin before June and workers are needed. The farm will be similar to the one in Haywood County along I-40; but much larger. Officials estimate each of the McNairy County sites will be at least four times bigger, making them the larges in the Southeast Region.

“It's going to be a great opportunity for people needing jobs,” Mayor Smith said.

State figures show the county's unemployment rate was at 11 percent in February, one of the highest in the state. County leaders expect that to change quickly.

“These jobs could lead to other opportunities,” Ted Moore, Executive Director of the McNairy County Economic Development Commission said. “There are already other opportunities that we are looking at.”

Construction work is expected to last a little more than a year.

A job fair for the positions will be in Selmer on April 14-17.

Applications will be taken at the McNairy Regional Alliance office located at 205 West Court Avenue in Selmer.

Call 731-645-6360 for an appointment.


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