Jobs moving into the Heartland

Jobs moving into the Heartland
By: Tiffany Sisson

PADUCAH, Ky. - More than $14-million means 130 new jobs! James Marine and Crounse Corporation are expanding. Both river related companies will mean a boost for Calvert City and Paducah!
Jamesbuilt Specialty Vessel Construction, a subsidiary of James Marine, manufactures tugboats and towboats along the Tennessee River near the U.S. 60 bridge. One of the expansions will create 40 jobs in Paducah, another 90 in Calvert City over the next two years. The positions pay between $13 and $19 dollars an hour.
The company will also construct a new company headquarters on Clark's River Road. Renovations are already underway for the new offices. "We're expanding and growing with the economy! The economy, as a whole, has grown quite significantly in the last 23 years. As our industry, we tow large quantities of products, and so with supply and demand we're growing with it," said C. Ronald James, President and CEO of James Marine.
James Marine already employs more than 500 workers, between it's Paducah and Calvert City locations. The expansion between that company and Crounse Corporation will boost those numbers to nearly 800 jobs.
Crounse's new headquarters will be based in downtown Paducah along the Tennessee River near the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center. The hope is to have both expansions finished by early fall.
Between 25 to 50 new jobs are coming to Mayfield over the next two years! Centrifugal Technologies Incorporated is planning to, at least, double and perhaps triple it's work force. The company provides service and parts for large industrial compressors.
Chris O'Brien with Graves County Growth Alliance believes this kind of expansion fits right in with the economic focus for the county. "By taking care of our existing employees, showing them that we appreciate what they're doing in Graves County, that it creates an environment, it helps the environment, it helps them grow. That will, in turn, help us recruit new businesses over and above the industry expansions we get," said O'Brien.
Thirteen-thousand square feet of warehouse, shop and office space are part of the expansion. A groundbreaking is scheduled for next Monday.
Between Mayfield, Paducah, and Calvert City. That's roughly 200 new jobs.