City hears that business may leave

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Just a few days after the new Rising Sun Veterinary Clinic opened in the Ohio County Business Park, city council heard from Travis Underwood and his plans to move his business from the business park.

Underwood spoke during the public comment section of the regular council meeting on Thursday, January 5th.

As he started to thank council for the opportunity, it became apparent that the owner of the TrackMaster business was considering leaving.

The business which opened in the former Eat Dessert First building nearly two years ago had sought help from Lane Siekman,

executive director of the Ohio County Economic Development Corporation, to help with expansion.

The business owner reported that his company is now among manufacturers with US Rehab VGM and expects sales to explode.

He told council he has hired FairWinds Advisors and Jenny Massey to serve as a delegate with state after not hearing from Siekman in the past year.

He told mayor Brent Bascom he would have liked Siekman to figure out how to work with other state options to decide on a new facility or how to expand. Underwood had hoped to build across the street from its current location.

Councilman Dennis Williams asked where Underwood would be going. While he has some bids out, Underwood has a letter of intent with one company wanting to buy the company.

Councilman Bill Marksberry questioned why council was just now hearing about the situation.

However, Underwood said he’s not 100 percent committed to anywhere and would meet with officials this week if they wish. However the window of opportunity is small.