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UB Community Development Announces $8 Million in New Markets Tax Credit Funds to HarbisonWalker International Inc.

Atmore, AL – UB Community Development, LLC (UBCD), a community development partner of United Bank, announced today the closing of a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation of nearly $8 million to support the modernization of the HarbisonWalker International plant in Fairfield, Alabama.

HarbisonWalker is the largest refractory products and services supplier in the United States. Its international network spans North America, Europe, and Asia with 21 manufacturing facilities, 20 Global Sourcing Centers, and technology centers in the U. S. and China. Its revitalized Alabama operation will produce world-class magnesia-carbon refractories specifically engineered to optimize efficiency and performance in steel-making applications like steel ladles and low-emission electric arc furnaces.

“We are so pleased to be an active member of the Fairfield – Birmingham business community in Jefferson County again and bring jobs to the region. The location is ideal for delivering quality refractory products and high-value services to our customers’ growing steel operations in the southern U.S.,” said Michael Werner, Senior Vice President, Commercial, HarbisonWalker International.

The Fairfield facility has been owned by HarbisonWalker International since 1951. The plant was idled in 2019 due to a global lack of demand for carbon bake refractory products used in the aluminum market. The company is now expanding its U. S. manufacturing capabilities of magnesia-carbon refractories in response to the increasing needs of its steel customers in the southern United States. The modernized facility will become one of HWI’s most efficient manufacturing facilities, creating 50 highly skilled jobs for the residents of the community and surrounding area.

About UB Community Development
UB Community Development’s strong history and experience in New Markets Tax Credit transactions, coupled with our passion for improving the communities around us, make UBCD Alabama’s premier financial partner for economic and community development. Through our NMTC projects, Community Facilities Lending Program and Community Housing Capital Fund, UBCD is working with community development partners in the fields of healthcare, education, manufacturing, public works, affordable housing and more. For more information about UB Community Development, visit our website at www.UBCommunityDevelopment.com.

About HarbisonWalker International
With more than 150 years of industry leadership and global recognition, HarbisonWalker International is the largest refractory products and services supplier in the United States. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company’s international network spans North America, Europe, and Asia, with 21 manufacturing facilities, 20 Global Sourcing Centers, and technology facilities in both the United States and China. Serving virtually every major industry that requires refractory solutions to enhance production and protect assets, HWI is consistently recognized for its talented experts, industry firsts, and intensely driven excellence. Visit http://thinkhwi.com

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UB Community Development Announces $42.5 Million in New Markets Tax Credit Funds to Enviva Pellets Epes Finance Company, LLC

Atmore, AL – UB Community Development, LLC (UBCD), a community development partner of United Bank, announced today the closing of a $42.5 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation to support the building of the world’s largest wood pellet plant in Epes, Alabama. The new project will be located on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Sumter County, Alabama. Enviva is the largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable energy alternative to fossil fuels.

Enviva’s sustainable wood pellets are designed to provide consistent, reliable results for a wide range of heat- and power-generating customers. Countries in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean already use wood pellets on an industrial scale as a direct replacement for coal in some electric and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants. Enviva owns and operates ten plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.2 million metric tons per year in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi, in addition to the new plant under construction in Epes, Alabama.

“The impact of this project will be felt far beyond the employees at the plant and into the surrounding region,” said Alex Jones, president of UB Community Development. “The logging crews, truck drivers, equipment and truck dealers, convenience stores serving the loggers and truckers, and local landowners will all benefit from this plant. To truly comprehend the economic ecosystem a plant like this supports, one only needs to visit or talk with a resident of Courtland, Alabama that lost over 1,000 direct jobs when their paper mill closed. As an Alabama-based company focused on community development, supporting this project is our raison d’etre!”

The new facility will be located at the former Mannington Mills wood flooring plant in Epes, Alabama, which was shuttered, laying off 150 employees. This site location will allow the use of barges to carry the pellets approximately 200 miles down the Tombigbee River to Enviva’s newly opened terminal at the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, which then will be shipped overseas. The construction and development of the project is expected to create 400 plus direct construction jobs. After completion, the wood pellet plant will employee up to 100 full-time positions.

About UB Community Development
UB Community Development’s strong history and experience in New Markets Tax Credit transactions, coupled with our passion for improving the communities around us, make UBCD Alabama’s premier financial partner for economic and community development. Through our NMTC projects, Community Facilities Lending Program and Community Housing Capital Fund, UBCD is working with community development partners in the fields of healthcare, education, manufacturing, public works, affordable housing and more. For more information about UB Community Development, visit our website at www.UBCommunityDevelopment.com.

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UB Community Development Announces $5.5 Million in New Markets Tax Credit Funds to NEXTEC, LLC

Atmore, AL – UB Community Development, LLC (UBCD), a community development partner of United Bank, announced today the closing of a $5.5 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation for the renovation of the historic 90-year-old Edward’s Motor Company building in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The building is owned by NEXTEC, LLC, which will lease space to small business startups and non-profit organizations, including a health care clinic serving the local community. A locally owned and operated coffee shop will open a new location offering coffee, food, and a community gathering space.

“Saving a historic building and seeing it help revitalize a community is the purpose of the NMTC program,” stated Alex Jones, President of UB Community Development. “UBCD looks forward to seeing the new businesses and non-profits expand the impact of this project across Birmingham.”

Michael Mouron of Capstone Real Estate Investments is the project sponsor and has headquarters in Birmingham. CREI employs over fifty professionals in Birmingham plus 186 professionals who operate its twenty-two owned and managed properties. CREI repositions existing properties to become attractive, modern student housing facilities in more than seventeen university markets from Texas to Florida, as well as Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Mr. Mouron is currently restoring the Greyhound Bus terminal in downtown Birmingham after preserving the historic Federal Reserve Building in Birmingham, completing that restoration in 2017.

The Edwards Motor Building is a 2-story commercial building located on the corner of 16th Street and 3rd Avenue North in the Fountain Heights area of Birmingham. Construction of the building began in 1927and it served as an auto dealership until 1944. The 64,000-square-foot building has also been the location of two furniture companies. Renovations will include a full remodel of the interior and preservation of the historic façade of the facility, replacement of windows and spandrels, repair and repoint the brickwork and repair or replace the roof.

The building is located a block from Innovation Depot, a tech accelerator and business incubator which is home to approximately 110 startup companies. The new facility will serve as a base for the small businesses and non-profits that have ‘graduated’ from the business incubation space.

About UB Community Development
UB Community Development’s strong history and experience in New Markets Tax Credit transactions, coupled with our passion for improving the communities around us, make UBCD Alabama’s premier financial partner for economic and community development. Through our NMTC projects, Community Facilities Lending Program and Community Housing Capital Fund, UBCD is working with community development partners in the fields of healthcare, education, manufacturing, public works, affordable housing and more. For more information about UB Community Development, visit our website at www.UBCommunityDevelopment.com.

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UB Community Development LLC Announces Funding for Dadeville Pole Company in Dadeville, Alabama

Atmore, AL – UB Community Development, LLC (UBCD), a community development partner of United Bank, announced today that it has closed a $7.5 million New Markets Tax Credit transaction with Dadeville Pole Company, LLC (DPC), to construct a utility pole manufacturing facility in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. PB Community Impact Fund, LLC of Mendenhall, Mississippi, provided a $7.5 million Federal NMTC allocation and UBCD will also manage the investment on behalf of the Federal NMTC investors.

“Dadeville Pole Company, LLC is proud to partner with UB Community Development on this project. For the past sixteen months, DPC has worked very closely with the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance, Tallapoosa County commissioners, Mayor of City of Dadeville, Mayor’s staff and many local contractors,” stated Mark Byal, General Manager of Dadeville Pole Company. “This project is a great opportunity for our expansion in the Tallapoosa County area while providing direct and indirect jobs. We would like to thank Alex, the UBCD team and all of our partners for their tireless work in helping our team bring this new opportunity to the area.”

The new state-of-the-art mill will be located in the William T. Thweatt Industrial Park in Dadeville, Alabama, and will produce power poles and pilings for utility suppliers and other entities. With a lack of similar mills in the region, this facility will expand the market for the timber sellers in the region and support additional logging and trucking jobs. Dadeville Pole Company plans to utilize the latest technologies to meet their high standards for safety, quality and customer service.

“Assisting projects that create jobs and support businesses in rural Alabama is UBCD’s ‘why’! Why we do what we do every single day…executing our mission,” stated Alex Jones, President and Chairman of UBCD. “This project will create value for timberland owners, and new jobs for loggers, truckers and the employees at the pole mill, creating a win-win scenario. Economic Development is not a zero sum equation and this project exemplifies it.”

UB Community Development was recently awarded a $65 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation by the Department of the Treasury. The award was the result of United Bank’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the economic vitality of low-income communities in Alabama and Northeast Florida and marked the fourth allocation the company has received. The NMTC Program attracts private capital into low-income communities by awarding investors tax credits against their federal income tax in exchange for making investments in qualified projects.

UBCD uses the NMTC program to help fund small businesses and finance projects related to education, healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, non-profits and community centers. The projects funded from UBCD’s NMTCs are creating jobs, providing goods and services as well as housing options, and improving access to healthcare across the region.

About United Bank
United Bank is a $1,000,000,000 financial institution that has enjoyed 117 years of continuous service to Atmore, Alabama and surrounding communities. United Bank has offices in Atmore, Brewton, East Brewton, Flomaton, Monroeville, Frisco City, Bay Minette, Foley, Lillian, Loxley, Magnolia Springs, Silverhill, Spanish Fort, Daphne, Semmes, and Summerdale in Alabama. United Bank serves Santa Rosa County, Florida in Jay, Milton, and Pace. For more information about United Bank, please visit our website at www.UnitedBank.com. Member FDIC.

About UB Community Development
UB Community Development’s strong history and experience in New Markets Tax Credit transactions, coupled with our passion for improving the communities around us, make UBCD Alabama’s premier financial partner for economic and community development. Through our NMTC projects, Community Facilities Lending Program and Community Housing Capital Fund, UBCD is working with community development partners in the fields of healthcare, education, manufacturing, public works, affordable housing and more. For more information about UB Community Development, visit our website at www.UBCommunityDevelopment.com.

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UB Community Development LLC Announces Funding for Buc-ee’s Store in Auburn, Alabama

Atmore, AL – UB Community Development, LLC (UBCD), a community development partner of United Bank, announced today that it has closed a $7 million New Markets Tax Credit transaction with Buc-ee’s, Ltd., a Texas-based chain of convenience stores and gas stations with locations in Texas, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

The 53,250-square-foot Buc-ee’s Auburn will be located on approximately 35 acres at the northeast quadrant of Interstate 85 near Exit 50. It will have 144 retail fuel pumps, electric charging stations and more than 437 parking spaces. This will be the fourth Buc-ee’s convenience store in Alabama and will create over 175 jobs in the Auburn community. The popular gas station and travel center is known for its unique food offerings, merchandise and large clean restrooms. Other features will include a bakery, deli, coffee bar and an expanded retail area.

“Having the opportunity to assist in bringing another Buc-ee’s to Alabama and knowing that it will create over 175 well-paying jobs for our fellow Alabamians is very gratifying. Buc-ee’s will be an excellent corporate citizen and we look forward to watching this transformative project come to fruition,” said Alex Jones, President of UB Community Development.

UB Community Development was recently awarded a $65 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation by the Department of the Treasury. The award was the result of United Bank’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the economic vitality of low-income communities in Alabama and Northeast Florida and marked the fourth allocation the company has received. The NMTC Program attracts private capital into low-income communities by awarding investors tax credits against their federal income tax in exchange for making investments in qualified projects.

UBCD uses the NMTC program to help fund small businesses and finance projects related to education, healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, non-profits and community centers. The projects funded from UBCD’s NMTCs are creating jobs, providing goods, services, and housing options, and improving access to healthcare across the region.

For more information about UB Community Development, or for help planning your next funding project, contact Alex Jones, President, UB Community Development at (251) 446-6017 or email alex.jones@unitedbank.com.

About United Bank
United Bank is a $1,000,000,000 financial institution that has enjoyed 117 years of continuous service to Atmore, Alabama and surrounding communities. United Bank has offices in Atmore, Brewton, East Brewton, Flomaton, Monroeville, Frisco City, Bay Minette, Foley, Lillian, Loxley, Magnolia Springs, Silverhill, Spanish Fort, Daphne, Semmes, and Summerdale in Alabama. United Bank serves Santa Rosa County, Florida in Jay, Milton, and Pace. For more information about United Bank, please visit our website at www.UnitedBank.com. Member FDIC.

About UB Community Development
UB Community Development’s strong history and experience in New Markets Tax Credit transactions, coupled with our passion for improving the communities around us, make UBCD Alabama’s premier financial partner for economic and community development. Through our NMTC projects, Community Facilities Lending Program and Community Housing Capital Fund, UBCD is working with community development partners in the fields of healthcare, education, manufacturing, public works, affordable housing and more. For more information about UB Community Development, visit our website at www.UBCommunityDevelopment.com.

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United Bank and UB Community Development provide funds for the renovation of Jackson Johnson Townhomes in Marion, Alabama

Atmore, AL – United Bank and UB Community Development have provided $3,300,000 in construction financing to The Bennett Group for the renovation of Jackson Johnson Townhomes, a 42-unit affordable multi-family project in Marion, Alabama. United Bank will also provide a $350,000 permanent loan to the development upon construction completion. Funding for this loan was made possible due to the bank’s Capital Magnet Fund award.

Jackson Johnson Townhomes was built in 1997. Once renovations are complete, Jackson Johnson Townhomes will be known as Jackson Village. Total renovation costs of $2.5 million are budgeted for the project. The development received an allocation of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from the Alabama Housing Finance Authority in 2020 which will allow the property to be rehabilitated and will preserve the units as affordable housing in the community.

The property has been named in honor of Jimmie Lee Jackson, an African American civil rights activist who was beaten and fatally shot by state troopers while participating in a voting rights march in Marion on February 18, 1965 with his mother and grandfather. Eulogized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mr. Jackson’s death helped inspire the Selma to Montgomery marches in March 1965, a major event in the civil rights movement that helped gain congressional passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The extensive rehab and upgrade for property residents includes updating kitchens with new cabinets, sinks, countertops and appliances. Bathrooms will be upgraded with new fixtures, sinks and faucets as well as wire shelving. Interior and exterior upgrades include energy efficient windows and doors, new flooring throughout each unit, HVAC units and roofs and gutters. Additionally, there will be a new gazebo, picnic pavilion, and covered bus stop.

The renovations also include the expansion of existing amenities with the addition of a room to the Community Center, new concrete patios, a camera security system, resurfacing of the parking lot and replacement of the existing sidewalk for ADA accessibility.

“United Bank and UB Community Development are committed to serving rural communities in Alabama. The extensive rehab and upgrade of Jackson Village will ensure that residents of the town of Marion and Perry County have access to quality affordable housing now and in the future,” said Joe Raines, Managing Director of Community Housing Capital for UB Community Development.

The Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) Program is administered by the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund within the US Treasury Department. The CMF program offers competitively awarded grants to qualified institutions and non-profits, for the purpose of providing affordable housing solutions and community revitalization efforts to low-income people nationwide. UBCD offers Community Housing Capital (CHC) investments as part of its commitment to strong inclusive neighborhoods and diverse housing opportunities. CHC investments are partly funded by CMF awards. Since 2017, United Bank has been the recipient of three CMF awards totaling $18 million. United is the only Alabama-based bank to receive a Capital Magnet Fund award and it is further validation of United’s strong commitment to providing unique and meaningful capital solutions to community development projects across Alabama and Florida.

About United Bank
United Bank is a $1,000,000,000 financial institution that has enjoyed 117 years of continuous service to Atmore, Alabama and surrounding communities. United Bank has offices in Atmore, Brewton, East Brewton, Flomaton, Monroeville, Frisco City, Bay Minette, Foley, Lillian, Loxley, Magnolia Springs, Silverhill, Spanish Fort, Daphne, Semmes, and Summerdale in Alabama. United Bank serves Santa Rosa County, Florida in Jay, Milton, and Pace. For more information about United Bank, please visit our website at www.UnitedBank.com. Member FDIC.

About UB Community Development
UB Community Development’s strong history and experience in New Markets Tax Credit transactions, coupled with our passion for improving the communities around us, make UBCD Alabama’s premier financial partner for economic and community development. Through our NMTC projects, Community Facilities Lending Program and Community Housing Capital Fund, UBCD is working with community development partners in the fields of healthcare, education, manufacturing, public works, affordable housing and more. For more information about UB Community Development, visit our website at www.UBCommunityDevelopment.com.

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United Bank and UB Community Development provide funds for the construction of Country Ridge Estates in Opelousas, Louisiana

Atmore, AL – United Bank and UB Community Development have provided $4,000,000 in construction financing to Gulf Coast Housing Partnership (GCHP) for the new construction of Country Ridge Estates, a 32-unit multifamily affordable-rental housing subdivision in Opelousas, Louisiana. United Bank was also the Member Institution for the development’s $500,000 AHP award from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. The project received a 9% allocation of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from the Louisiana Housing Corporation in 2019.

Country Ridge Estates will include eight residential buildings each comprised of four apartments in a townhome style layout. There will be a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units all designated for low to moderate income individuals and families. A portion of the development’s 32 units will also be set aside for single parent families and persons with disabilities. On-site amenities include a playground, community building, exercise and picnic area, walking trail, and community garden. The development is also conveniently located within 2 miles of a grocery store, hospital, school, public library and fire station.

The Country Ridge Estates development team includes New Orleans-based developer GCHP and Acadiana-based developer, Le Centre Evangeline.

“We are grateful for the funding support by United Bank and UB Community Development,” said Kathy Laborde, GCHP President and CEO. “Together with our partner, Le Centre Evangeline, we are excited to bring residents of Opelousas a new affordable housing development that will be conveniently located to retail outlets, healthcare providers and employment opportunities.”

“United Bank and UB Community Development are pleased to close our first affordable housing loan in Louisiana with Gulf Coast Housing Partnership,” said Joe Raines, Managing Director of Community Housing Capital for UB Community Development. “We are excited about establishing this new relationship with GCHP, who is a leader in providing quality affordable housing to individuals and families across the Southeast.”

The Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) Program is administered by the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund within the US Treasury Department. The CMF program offers competitively awarded grants to qualified institutions and non-profits, for the purpose of providing affordable housing solutions and community revitalization efforts to low-income people nationwide. UBCD offers Community Housing Capital (CHC) investments as part of its commitment to strong inclusive neighborhoods and diverse housing opportunities. CHC investments are partly funded by CMF awards. Since 2017, United Bank has been the recipient of three CMF awards totaling $18 million. United is the only Alabama-based bank to receive a Capital Magnet Fund award and it is further validation of United’s strong commitment to providing unique and meaningful capital solutions to community development projects across Alabama and Florida.

About United Bank
United Bank is a $1,000,000,000 financial institution that has enjoyed 117 years of continuous service to Atmore, Alabama and surrounding communities. United Bank has offices in Atmore, Brewton, East Brewton, Flomaton, Monroeville, Frisco City, Bay Minette, Foley, Lillian, Loxley, Magnolia Springs, Silverhill, Spanish Fort, Daphne, Semmes, and Summerdale in Alabama. United Bank serves Santa Rosa County, Florida in Jay, Milton, and Pace. For more information about United Bank, please visit our website at www.UnitedBank.com. Member FDIC.

About UB Community Development
UB Community Development’s strong history and experience in New Markets Tax Credit transactions, coupled with our passion for improving the communities around us, make UBCD Alabama’s premier financial partner for economic and community development. Through our NMTC projects, Community Facilities Lending Program and Community Housing Capital Fund, UBCD is working with community development partners in the fields of healthcare, education, manufacturing, public works, affordable housing and more. For more information about UB Community Development, visit our website at www.UBCommunityDevelopment.com.

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UB Community Development Announces $3.5 Million in Community Facilities Lending Funds for the Construction of Atmore Urgent Care Facility

Atmore, AL – UB Community Development, LLC (UBCD), a community development partner of United Bank, has announced $3.5 million in Community Facilities Lending funds for the construction of the Atmore Community Hospital (ACH) Urgent Care facility. The new urgent care will offer services for non-emergent needs and will increase access to other types of healthcare for Atmore and surrounding communities.

Urgent care facilities are a vital component to communities, offering a convenient alternative to an emergency room visit or appointment with your general practitioner. With expanded office hours outside of normal doctor’s office hours, Escambia county residents will enjoy the convenience of quality walk-in medical services, high quality care and significantly lower costs, bringing access to care solutions to an underserved area.

The new ACH Urgent Care facility will be staffed by mid-level providers with Physician Medical Director, the same way that ACH Med Plus operates today. ACH will offer one additional mid-level provider at the facility initially, with the potential to grow into more provider coverage as we work to expand programs designed at assisting community businesses with their healthcare needs and community health initiatives. Care at the new Urgent Care Clinic will be delivered by an accomplished team of healthcare professionals, and will feature a lab, x-ray equipment, a pharmacy, and wellness care. The Urgent Care Clinic will work in coordination with Atmore Community Hospital as its parent organization and will be symbiotic with the other ACH physician clinics.

In calendar year 2020, 7,346 patients were seen, an average of 612 per month. One important note is that the clinic had over a month and a half where they were not operating in the clinic capacity in an effort to assist with a COVID surge in the emergency department. The pandemic had a negative impact on the number of patients seen during this timeframe, as well as other months, as citizens attempted to follow Governor Ivey’s Safer at Home orders.

“Our company has a vested interest in all of our communities, but the concentration in the Atmore community is foundational to our company mission,” said Chris Walker, UBCD, Managing Director, Community Facilities Lending. “Our interest and commitment to deploying solutions embraces our mission driven focus on community and economic development as well as affordable housing.”

Adding to the convenience of this urgent care is its location. The more than 6,000-square-foot facility will be constructed on a 10-acre site on Highway 21 at Rivercane Industrial Park. Through the hospital, the authority, and the city working together for the improvement of the citizens of Atmore and surrounding areas, the 10-acre site was established from a land swap. The facility will offer modern equipment and expanded services such as radiology imaging, on site pharmacy and lab services efficiently expediting patient care in one centralized location.

The new facility will be dedicated to Urgent Care and Wellness needs. Currently, ACH Med Plus has 9 rooms, and specialists lease space several days per week. This new facility will dedicate more space to clinic specific needs and will offer a “one stop shop” for x-ray, an expansion of labs from the current clinic, and a pharmacy. Another key feature is the ability to segregate acutely ill and “well” patients to reduce the chance of cross contamination.

“We have spent a great deal of time researching the most successful urgent care and healthcare models across the country, working with our community leaders and developing a plan of action to build the clinic,” stated Debbie Rowell, Escambia County Healthcare Authority (ECHCA) Board Chairwoman.

Phase I of the ECHCA plan includes the urgent care facility with the strategic goal of expanding specialty services to the community. The plan includes coordinated efforts with larger hospitals and having specialty physicians placed into rotation periodically seeing patients at the new facility. The updated model will extend the opportunity to receive specialty care locally. Additions include the integration of employee health programs such as wellness screenings and preventive care.

For more information about UB Community Development, or for help planning your next funding project, contact Alex Jones, President, UB Community Development at (251) 446-6017 or email alex.jones@unitedbank.com.

About United Bank
United Bank is a $993,000,000 financial institution that has enjoyed 117 years of continuous service to Atmore, Alabama and surrounding communities. United Bank has offices in Atmore, Brewton, East Brewton, Flomaton, Monroeville, Frisco City, Bay Minette, Foley, Lillian, Loxley, Magnolia Springs, Silverhill, Spanish Fort, Daphne, Summerdale and Semmes in Alabama. United Bank serves Santa Rosa County, Florida in Jay, Milton, and Pace. For more information about United Bank, please visit our website at www.UnitedBank.com. Member FDIC.

About UB Community Development
UB Community Development’s strong history and experience in New Markets Tax Credit transactions, coupled with our passion for improving communities, make UBCD Alabama’s premier financial partner for economic and community development. Through our NMTC projects, Community Facilities Lending Program and Community Housing Capital Fund, UBCD is working with community development partners in the fields of healthcare, education, manufacturing, public works, affordable housing and more. For more information about UB Community Development, visit our website at www.UBCommunityDevelopment.com.

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UB Community Development & Peoples Bank Announce $9.5 Million in New Markets Tax Credit Loan & Investment Fund for Local Small Businesses

Atmore, AL – UB Community Development, LLC (UBCD), a community development partner of United Bank, and Peoples Bank Mendenhall, MS announce $9.5 million in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) funding for a loan and investment fund. The fund and its management are part of a collaboration between UBCD & Peoples to fund local manufacturing, retail, healthcare and various other small businesses. The $9.5 million loan and investment fund supports renovation and growth for small businesses in Mississippi and Alabama.

“Small businesses are vital to the success of the economy,” said Alex Jones, President of UB Community Development. “We’re proud to be a part of a solution to these businesses providing fast affordable capital to further their future growth. It is important for us to understand individual business needs, connecting owners to the right business solution. We’d like to thank Peoples Bank for partnering with UBCD and United Bank in making an impact on the viability of these small businesses.”

“As a CDFI bank, we are always looking for productive ways to partner with other, community-oriented banks to find ways to get affordable loans to the small businesses that are absolutely essential to the health of our local economy,” said Dennis Ammann, CEO of Peoples Bank. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with United Bank and their great team, in being a part of the solution.”

For more information about UB Community Development, or for assistance with funding or structuring your next project, contact Alex Jones, President, UB Community Development at (251) 446-6017 or email alex.jones@unitedbank.com.

About United Bank
United Bank is a $993,000,000 financial institution that has enjoyed 117 years of continuous service to Atmore, Alabama and surrounding communities. United Bank has offices in Atmore, Brewton, East Brewton, Flomaton, Monroeville, Frisco City, Bay Minette, Foley, Lillian, Loxley, Magnolia Springs, Silverhill, Spanish Fort, Daphne, Summerdale and Semmes in Alabama. United Bank serves Santa Rosa County, Florida in Jay, Milton, and Pace. For more information about United Bank, please visit our website at www.UnitedBank.com. Member FDIC.

About UB Community Development
UB Community Development’s strong history and experience in New Markets Tax Credit transactions, coupled with our passion for improving communities, make UBCD Alabama’s premier financial partner for economic and community development. Through our NMTC projects, Community Facilities Lending Program and Community Housing Capital Fund, UBCD is working with community development partners in the fields of healthcare, education, manufacturing, public works, affordable housing and more. For more information about UB Community Development, visit our website at www.UBCommunityDevelopment.com.

About Peoples Bank
Peoples Bank is a $407,000,000 financial institution that was founded in 1908, providing central Mississippi with over 112 years of local service. Now, with nationwide mortgage presence and a growing SBA department, Peoples Bank is able to service a much larger market. As an SBA Preferred Lender and a CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution), Peoples Bank specializes in helping grow low-income businesses and communities. Visit our website at www.peoplesbank-ms.com or www.peoplesbanksba.com for further information. Member FDIC.

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UB Community Development Announces $7 Million in New Markets Tax Credit Funding for Realty Masters LLC, an affiliate of ColorMasters, LLC in Albertville for Construction of Railyard Facility

Atmore, AL – UB Community Development, LLC (UBCD), a community development partner of United Bank, allocated $7 million in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) as part of a $14 million railyard facility at Realty Masters, LLC, an affiliate of ColorMasters, LLC in Albertville, Alabama. UBCD assisted in sourcing an additional $7 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation from contributing partnerships, including PNC allocating $2 million and Gulf Coast Housing Partnership allocating $5 million.

“To be able to support such a dynamic company grow and increase hiring in a rural community is exactly what we seek in a project to support,” said Alex Jones, President of UBCD. “Furthermore, when we learned ColorMasters offers an onsite healthcare clinic, it cemented our belief that ColorMasters was a company that deserved support in their expansion.”

An active participant in flexible packaging since 1986, ColorMasters has grown from a 10,000-square-foot facility with one bag machine to over a million square feet of manufacturing and warehousing space housing more than 24 machines delivering packaging and film solutions to the marketplace. A privately-owned company, ColorMasters is providing meaningful jobs to Marshall County as well as significantly increasing their capacity to manufacture, house and ship products all while meeting increasing demand.

“We are pleased to have had another opportunity to work with United Bank and UB Community Development, a community development partner of United Bank,” said Jonn Grochowalski, company official with both ColorMasters, LLC and Realty Masters, LLC. “We are also delighted to be at the vanguard of job creation here in Marshall County. This is a perfect economic development project for our area.”

ColorMasters has built a corporate legacy through organic growth with superior products at competitive pricing. Their high performance state-of-the-art equipment allowed them to efficiently keep up with supply and demand. The company has been proactively building capacity by strategically adding two to three new pieces of equipment for the past several years as it continues to increase market share.

The bulk of material comes in the form of rail cart. The company has been reliant on rail cart service providers who are more than 35 miles away and at times are inconsistent with delivery based on their shipping volume. The arrival of supply materials and distribution is critical and time sensitive. The construction of the 15-acre railyard is within a half mile of their Medlock facility. The railyard will vertically integrate their supply source and allow for more control of material transportation. The railyard will be utilizing the existing railway. With capacity for 100 rail carts, the railyard will allow for consistent shipping and delivery channels.

For more information about UB Community Development, or for help with planning your next funding project, contact Alex Jones, President, UB Community Development at (251) 446-6017 or email alex.jones@unitedbank.com.

About United Bank
United Bank is a $993,000,000 financial institution that has enjoyed 116 years of continuous service to Atmore, Alabama and surrounding communities. United Bank has offices in Atmore, Brewton, East Brewton, Flomaton, Monroeville, Frisco City, Bay Minette, Foley, Lillian, Loxley, Magnolia Springs, Silverhill, Spanish Fort, Semmes, Daphne and Summerdale in Alabama. United Bank serves Santa Rosa County, Florida in Jay, Milton, and Pace. For more information about United Bank, please visit our website at www.UnitedBank.com. Member FDIC.

About UB Community Development
UB Community Development’s strong history and experience in New Markets Tax Credit transactions, coupled with our passion for improving the communities around us, make UBCD Alabama’s premier financial partner for economic and community development. Through our NMTC projects, Community Facilities Lending Program and Community Housing Capital Fund, UBCD is working with community development partners in the fields of healthcare, education, manufacturing, public works, affordable housing and more. For more information about UB Community Development, visit our website at www.UBCommunityDevelopment.com.

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