||Yokohama Tire making construction progress
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) — Brad Franks knows about tough times. He lost his job at Bryan Foods in 2007.
"We haven't had any jobs around since the Bryan Brothers shut down," said Franks.
All he wants is to provide for his family. He patiently waits for the opening of Yokohama Tire around this time next year.
"It's just gonna help people out tremendously in West Point," added Franks.
Clay County Supervisor Lynn Horton feels the same. He also lost his job at Bryan Foods.
"We were without hope and a lot of people there didn't know what we were going to do," said Horton.
All they knew was there would be no parking at Bryan Foods anymore and even harder to accept-unemployment.
Now, 500 jobs are on the horizon and a renewed sense of hope.
"We have a lot of students that have graduated from college [that] would really like to stay here in Clay county, and now they have the opportunity to stay here and work at home," added Horton.
That's what Chris and Keith McBrayer are hoping for.
They recently opened a Captain D's restaurant.
They say more people employed means more local spending.
"It's just gonna help people out tremendously in West Point," said Chris McBrayer.
The brothers also lost their jobs when Bryan Foods and Sara Lee pulled out.
"I've been here through the bad times and now through the good times," added McBrayer.
They believe the good times will continue to roll with the plant's rapid construction and a road which approaches completion.