JEFFERSON — Jefferson residents looking for employment should have no trouble in the coming months, thanks to the work of Jefferson Economic Development Corporation (JEDCO).
In the 2019 fiscal year, which coincides with the city of Jefferson’s fiscal year from October to September, JEDCO managed to help secure three new businesses in Jefferson, bringing more than 60 new jobs to the area.
“Our first business is a truck stop being built by CEFCO,” JEDCO President Bob Avery said on Thursday. “Our second business is Queen Wood Products and our third business is Pore Technology.”
The new truck stop, Jefferson’s first, is currently being built on U.S. 59 and is set to bring about 20 jobs with it, Avery said.
“They just started pouring the concrete on it a few days ago,” he said. “CEFCO is out of Temple, Texas, and they are planning to build a Huddle House restaurant inside of it, which is a chain restaurant similar to Waffle House.”
Avery said the CEFCO truck stop came about after the company approached them after researching the best spot for their newest location.
“They approached us after doing their research, which included traffic counts on U.S. 59,” Avery said. “Jefferson has several convenience stores but nothing like this truck stop that can serve big trucks.”
Queen Wood Products, based out of South Carolina, selected Jefferson due to the city’s proximity to the timber industry, Avery said.
“Queen Wood Products manufactures horse bedding using sawdust,” Avery said. “They are building a factory and they are about done with it. It’s located on (Farm-to-Market Road) 881 halfway between U.S. 59 and Norbord. Jefferson is located about mid-way between a couple of wood companies that they have contracts with.”
Queen Wood Products is also planning to start off with about 20 employees.
“They are planning to employ about 20 people to start off with in Phase 1 but from what I understand, they accelerated their plans are getting into Phase 2 this year also and might hire more people,” he said.
The third and most recent business secured by JEDCO is Pore Technology, a high tech plastics manufacturer based out of Marietta.
“They are building a new facility directly across from Queen Wood Products on (FM) 881,” Avery said. “They are also planning to employ about 15 to 20 workers. One of their owners had a connection already to the Jefferson community, so that’s why they chose this location.”
Avery said this year has been a landmark year for JEDCO, managing to secure three new businesses in Jefferson, and all three building new facilities.
“Three in a year for a town this size is pretty good,” Avery said.