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New plant brings 80 new jobs to Ellington

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A new Paramount Apparel plant is scheduled to begin production in Ellington as soon as next week. The plant is bringing up to 80 new jobs to the area. A new Paramount Apparel plant is scheduled to begin production in Ellington as soon as next week. The plant is bringing up to 80 new jobs to the area.
ELLINGTON, MO (KFVS) -

A new Paramount Apparel plant is scheduled to begin production in Ellington as soon as next week. The plant is bringing up to 80 new jobs to the area.

The mayor of Ellington says the plant will strengthen the local economy.

"Everybody's going to enjoy this because when there is more money to spend in the community; they spend it in the businesses,” Ron Wakefield said. “Everybody prospers some. The city prospers. We get a sales tax off of those sales."

Wakefield says the plant will bring big money to the small town.

"Two million dollars in a small community in a year is a lot of money to spread around and do things that folks can't normally do," Wakefield said.

This isn’t the first time Paramount Apparel has been in Ellington. Before the plant shut down back in 1999, Paramount had been a part of Ellington since the 1950s.

"When it was here it was the lifeline of cash flow for the local folks,” Wakefield said.

Frances Mcintosh worked at the Paramount Apparel plant as her first job out of high school. Now, she says she is happy to be back with the company in which she started.

"I'm so excited that they've came back to Ellington. Ellington needed a boost and I think that this is going to be it,” Mcintosh said. "I'm excited that I'm back in the workforce actually. I've been off for twenty months."

Kay Wood also got her start at Paramount Apparel. She says it is a great place for perspective employees to make a career.

"I started in 1972 on a sewing machine and worked my way up through management,” Wood said. "It's a great company and a great place to work.”

Officials at Paramount Apparel say coming back to Ellington is no accident.

"(Paramount Apparel) came back to Ellington on purpose,” Kelly Long said. “It was one of the locations at the top of our list because we know the work ethic here. We know the folks and we think it's going to be a good fit for us."

Paramount Apparel held a job fair Tuesday. Long says they planned to fill 35 positions at the job fair alone.

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