Today is another banner moment in the development of London and Laurel County.

Just as walls are going up for a massive new warehouse-distribution center in the county’s seventh industrial park, economic development officials announced Wednesday they have purchased a prime piece of property that will become the county’s eighth industrial park.

The 177-acre Rowland Acres Industrial Park will be located on West Ky. 192 less than two miles from I-75 exit 38. The farm currently is being used to grow wheat and soybeans.

Rowland Acres is a large, accessible and mostly-level piece of land that is perfectly suited for the county’s development needs now and in the future, said Paula Thompson, executive director of the London-Laurel Economic Development Authority.

“All of parks are full or filling up quickly, so it became imperative that we secure more property to recruit new businesses to the area,” Thompson said. “We’ve been looking all over the county for available property, and this by far is the best tract available. We’re fortunate to get it.”

Thompson said she contacted owner Chuck Rowland of Greensboro, Ga. about three months ago to see if he would be willing to sell the farm, which he received from his late father, former Laurel County resident Jeff Rowland.

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