CHARLESTON -- Establishing a tech school in the Gates Rubber building could be the way to "turn lemons into lemonade," according to Mississippi County's presiding county commissioner.
Presiding Commissioner Carlin Bennett said during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday that he has been giving a lot of thought to what could be done with building when the company vacates it.
Officials for the Gates Rubber Company announced in March the plant would close although a date for the closure is not yet released.
Gates opened the Charleston plant, which makes hydraulic hoses for tractors and airplanes, in 1981 and had recently employed almost 130 people.
Bennett said the plant occupies a "huge building" which he believes will fall into disrepair if it remains vacant.
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