The new year is bringing new job opportunities to Graham, as a new company is set to move in.
The City of Graham has suffered the consequences of a struggling economy like any community its size. For Neal Blanton, Executive Director of Graham's Economic Development, 2014 is looking to be a great year as a new business has agreed to move in.
He says, “We're really excited about the potential that it brings to the Graham area and Young County as a whole.”
Blanton says Valew Quality Truck Bodies, a Southern California company, has just purchased the Steel Stadiums building outside Graham. The company builds trucks and promises to bring a boost to the local economy.
“The trickle down philosophy that goes with new business coming into town and their plan of having 200 people working for them in about two years is just huge for a town the size of Graham.”
Blanton says with Valew opening its doors in the near future, he hopes it creates a ripple effect for other businesses to consider Texoma to set up shop.
“We think that there's a lot of opportunities for this area and overall, not just in Graham but the overall regional area, we think can benefit by new companies coming in and hopefully we'll see some more.”
There is no immediate date as to when Valew will start operating, Blanton says they are working on holding a career fair to start looking for qualified employees but no date has been set up. Blanton says the building that was bought is ready to go so all that Valew has to do is move in and hire its employees so sometime in the next few months.