Paris is getting a new industry later this year, according to Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers.
The Paris City Council unanimously authorized Rogers to negotiate a lease with Big River Roller Manufacturing, which will occupy a now-vacant building on Airport Industrial Road, adjacent to the Paris-Subiaco Municipal Airport. The building had been previously occupied by River Valley Tool and Dye. Members of the City Council also heard from Corby Wood, one of the owners of the business.
“Basically, Corby, who lives in Scranton, contacted me in November about the vacant building,” Rogers said. “The City Attorney (Corey Wells) and I met with him and one of his partners and they thought the building suited their needs.”
The 20,000 square foot building was vacated last year when River Valley Tool and Dye moved.
“It’s a start-up business, but these people have experience in the field,” Rogers said. “They will open in July with nine or 10 jobs. There is competition in this industry from plants in Clarksville and Searcy. Their plan is to expand the business within a year if things go the way they want. Expansion will mean more space and more employees. He told the City Council that it isn’t unreasonable to expect to have 50 employees within five years.
“These will be skilled jobs paying in the $50,000 range,” Rogers said.
The company will manufacture industrial rollers.
“The building sits on 6.2 acres and they told me they are eventually going to need 10 acres and I told them that’s wouldn’t be a problem.” Rogers said. “I also told them about the new career center and about the possibility of benefit ting from that.”
The Tyson Foods-Logan Count Career Center opened late last year and provides career and technical education aimed at filling the needs of local employers. A grand opening ceremony will take place on Jan. 22. It is located next to Paris High School.
Rogers said the company will lease the building for four years. After that, they will have the option of purchasing the building and land. Rogers added that the City Attorney is working on a contract and said he should have it completed within two weeks.
“They’ve got equipment ordered and ready to be delivered here,” Rogers said. “I’ve met all three of the owners and I think they have a good business plan. I’m very excited about this.”