The original plan was for Confederate to temporarily use that location to reorganize, after which Chambers intended to build an all-new, dedicated manufacturing facility on the grounds of Barber's motorcycle museum and raceway located on the outskirts of Birmingham. Chambers told city officials at the time that the new facility could one day employ as many as 100 people. The unanticipated economic downturn hit Confederate hard, however, and the funding for a new facility never materialized. At the same time, the city of New Orleans, anxious to lure Confederate back, offered a low-interest $750,000 loan contingent on the company's return. Chambers-who is from New Orleans and still has family in that area-welcomed the opportunity both to firm up his company's financial foundation and to return to what he considers its spiritual home.