In 2012 Coffee County and the "Alabama Department of Environmental Management" entered into a funding agreement for $5.8 million. The money has been used to design a tire processing plant that will shred tires into recyclable materials. This is the first tire processing plant in Alabama and the first development in Coffee County's Industrial Park.
Coffee County Administrator, Rod Morgan said this plant has potential to make a tremendous economic impact on the county, "We will have employees out there and as the number of tires coming in increase, so will the number of employees. We hope to see it grow over the years," continued Morgan.
The plant is located across from the landfill in Elba and they will accept tires from individuals and businesses. Once the plant is complete they can shred as many as two-million tires a year.