Once reliant on its sausage plant, Alachua’s economy is now diverse, high-tech


Author: Anthony Clark
Publisher: Gainesville Sun
Date: November 17, 2013

Forty years ago, the city of Alachua was largely a one-company town. Nearly 500 people worked at Copeland Sausage.

The small town was devastated when the sausage plant closed in 1978, said Mayor Gib Coerper, who moved to Alachua in 1974. Copeland Sausage accounted for more than 40 percent of the town’s utility revenues and half of the tax revenue, he said.

Downtown buildings were boarded up in the years after Copeland closed. Read more here.