The Port Authority recently agreed to sell land to the companyfor $1 in return of workforce and design considerations, accordingto Port Authority officials. The privately held 30-year-oldcompany, which will do the construction work itself, expects thebuilding to be ready for occupancy early next year.

The project will be built on the 22-acre Maxson Steel site aspart of the first phase of the park's development. Custom Drywall,with 150 employees and plans to add 40 more over the next fewyears, is the first to go into the new Great Northern businesspark.

The Port Authority also plans to add 25 adjacent acres of theDale Street Shops property be added to the second phase of thebusiness park, and ranks this park as the authority's highestpriority for its next business center.

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