Griffco Plastics Inc. has less than 60 days to pay $112,000 in delinquent taxes or its property in Quitman, Miss., will be auctioned off. The location is the PVC pipe maker's only production facility.
The Clarke County Sheriff's Department locked the gates on the property Feb. 7, said Chief Deputy Jeff Harper, carrying out orders from the county tax collector.
``We sent a certified letter to them the first of January,'' said Donna Schrimpshire, tax collector. ``They had 30 days to comply or take action and we heard nothing at all.''
Schrimpshire said Atlanta-based Griffco owes Clarke County taxes for 1999-2002. Since the county has the highest unemployment rate in the state, ``$112,000 on the books means a lot,'' Schrimpshire said in a Feb. 14 telephone interview.
Family-owned Griffco has been in Quitman more than 20 years. As of December, the 75,000-square-foot operation was down to two employees, Schrimpshire said. According to Plastics News data, the facility has 17 extrusion lines.
``They let the employees go at the end of December,'' Schrimpshire said. The firm had employed up to 100 at the site. Back in September, officials hinted at financial problems as they were seeking a partnership or a loan to continue operating.
Company officials could not be reached for comment.
On Feb. 10, Frank Ivy, 43-year-old vice president with the firm, died from melanoma.