When the City of Jackson’s newly renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center reopens later this year, residents can enjoy new exercise equipment donated by Alro Steel, a local metal distribution company. The refurbished exercise area, named the Alro Steel Weight Room, will contain new equipment such as ellipticals, treadmills, weight machines, and other exercise equipment.

The MLK Center is currently undergoing a $1.9 million renovation from the City of Jackson. Along with the new Alro Steel Weight Room, the center is receiving a larger kitchen, building addition for more office space, a new roof, resurfaced gym floor, and more windows throughout the facility. The MLK Center has been an important part of Jackson’s south side community for more than 50 years, providing recreation programs for all ages. This new investment will help the MLK Center continue to thrive as a vital community resource for another 50 years.

Alro Steel was founded in 1948 in Jackson. The company distributes metals, industrial supplies and plastics. It has grown to 70 locations in 12 states. Alro Steel, a long-time supporter of the MLK Center, is excited to partner with the City on this project to support the Jackson community.

The MLK Center is in the City’s First Ward. Vice Mayor and First Ward Councilmember Arlene Robinson says the City appreciates the generous donation from Alro Steel. “When local government and businesses work together, our residents greatly benefit. I am excited to see this collaboration with Alro Steel to improve exercise opportunities for our south side neighborhood,” Vice Mayor Robinson said.

Construction at the King Center started in March and is set to wrap up in September. Construction work has continued through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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