Butler County is getting a business boost as a company with plans to create new jobs already announces plans for even more jobs for the area. Ozark Materials originally planned to hire 30 to 40 workers. Now, it's nearly doubling that number.
The jobs will have a big impact in the area with as many at 80 people set to be hired by this fall. For a community as small as Greenville, it will make a big dent in putting people back to work.
"We're manufacturing thermoplastic," says Lee Gross. "We're probably gonna be manufacturing some paint products..." he quickly adds.
The process of moving into Greenville is still not complete for the company but already it's expanding its plans. "Because what we're doing has caused it to go faster than what we were planning," Gross explains.
"Maybe our economy is finally turning around," Mayor Dexter McClendon says, and he has good reason to believe it. Monday's announcement, combined with the close to 100 new jobs a new Wintzell's restaurant will bring is just what Greenville's workers need.
The mayor says Butler County has about 10,000 people in the workforce. "If we can get 250 new jobs every year, we are really going in the right direction, that's 2.5 percentage points," McClendon says.
For Ozark Materials, the 300,000 square foot building is what made Greenville a perfect fit, "A promise full of hope," Gross says.
For the mayor, he think the new year is looking bright. "I think 2014 is gonna be one of the best year's we've had in the last 5 or 6 years."
The first 30 to 40 workers will be hired in time to get the facility up and running by mid-February. The rest will be hired by late fall.
Ozark Materials currently has an office in Montgomery. It will remain operational until the Greenville facility gets in to full swing.
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