New industry coming

Published 10:59 pm Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Economic development officials and local government elected officials will announce a new industry’s location in the South Dallas County Industrial Park today.

The event is set for 2:30 p.m. at the industrial park site.

Officials said they could not identify the industry or the type of service it will render or goods it will produce.

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The project has been known as “Project Warrior” since Wayne Vardaman, executive director of the Selma-Dallas County Economic Development Authority, and others began working on it about a year ago.

The industry will be built in phases and eventually will employ more than 100 workers at its site, officials say.

The first phase of construction is expected to see 20-30 workers hired. County officials say understood from industry representatives the first phase of the project would be completed by the first of the year.

The final phase of the project is scheduled for completion by 2014.

Although officials will make an announcement today, dirt work has begun already on the site for the beginning of the first phase.

An announcement about hiring for new jobs will be made later today as the plant’s identification is revealed, Vardaman said.

Those expected to take part in the announcement include Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard, representatives from Pioneer Electric, state Sen. Hank Sanders and Selma Mayor George Evans.