Our opinion: We’re grateful for Vardaman bringing jobs to town

Published 3:07 pm Saturday, October 14, 2023

Selma-Dallas County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Wayne Vardaman continues to lead the charge of bringing Industrial jobs into the area.

The latest company coming to town is Colclasher Enterprises, which will open a $9 million dollar plastic pipe manufacturing facility at Craig Field Industrial Park.

“I think it’s just another case in point that Selma’s doing well,” Vardaman said Tuesday at a press conference.

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The project will initially create about 20 jobs with wages starting at around $21 to $22 dollars an hour. The company plans to have two production lines up and running at the facility — sometime next year.

“We’re going to put a couple of million dollars in it to start with because we have paving of outside lots to do,” Colclasher Enterprises Vice President of Business Development Lyle Bollin said.

We’ve got to upgrade all the electrical in the plant and outside the plan.”

We applaud the outstanding work Vardaman does on a yearly basis, which was highlighted in the Selma Times-Journal Salute to Industry’s Special Section this year.

Vardaman insists it’s not just him, crediting Dallas County Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn, Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr., and Craig Field Industrial Authority Jim Corrigan. They call themselves Team Selma.

We appreciate their teamwork and working together to improve conditions in Selma and Dallas County.

We’re always glad to promote new companies the EDA brings to the area. We’re looking forward to the next announcement.