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May 4, 2013

What will Plum Creek do with its 65,000 acres in county?

On one hand, the Plum Creek Timber Company has made it clear it is not in a hurry to develop portions of the 65,000 acres the company owns in Alachua County…However, Todd Powell, senior director of real estate for Plum Creek, and others with a stake in the plans say they feel the pressure of…expectations and already are working together to try to lure industrial tenants to portions of the land along Hawthorne Road between Gainesville and Hawthorne.

They are targeting their efforts where they see the most opportunity to draw on the strengths of location and available local resources. Promising prospects include major agribusiness companies that could partner with researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and manufacturing companies that could benefit from the CSX rail line and U.S. 301 — the main truck route between Jacksonville and Tampa — on the land closest to Hawthorne.

Gainesville.com, The Gainesville Sun, May 4, 2013 (Read entire article)

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