CEDIT money keeps Markle company growing

Kevin Cossairt (third from left), president of ALH Building Systems, in Markle, accepts a check for approximately $67,000 from Leon Hurlburt, president of the Huntington County Commissioners, to help pay for a fire protection system at his business.
Kevin Cossairt (third from left), president of ALH Building Systems, in Markle, accepts a check for approximately $67,000 from Leon Hurlburt, president of the Huntington County Commissioners, to help pay for a fire protection system at his business. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A Markle company can continue to grow, thanks to the completion of a fire protection system funded in part by Huntington County CEDIT money provided through the Huntington County Commissioners.

Local government and economic development officials gathered at ALH Building Systems on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to celebrate the completion of the project.

Company President Kevin Cossairt explained that state regulations required the fire protection system after a roof was built over an area between two buildings, making the two buildings into one space.

The fire protection system cost about $180,000, and the commissioners awarded the company a grant of 38 percent of the project cost. The grant was funded through CEDIT money, a tax designed to fund economic development projects.

ALH Building Systems is located at 885 N. County Line Rd., Markle. Its 100-plus employees manufacture roof and floor trusses and wall panels.

The company was founded in the early 1970s, and at that time focused primarily on single family homes, Cossairt says. Now, ALH deals in larger buildings including apartment complexes and hotels, with homes making up only 3 to 5 percent of its business, he says.

Complete caption: Kevin Cossairt (third from left), president of ALH Building Systems, in Markle, accepts a check for approximately $67,000 from Leon Hurlburt, president of the Huntington County Commissioners, to help pay for a fire protection system at his business. With them are (from left) Huntington County Commissioners Larry Buzzard and Ton Wall and (at right), Jeff Stockman, who represents Markle on the Huntington County Economic Development board of directors.