Greenville Expecting Over 200 Jobs In 2014

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By Amanda Wade

A company that's coming to Greenville could be hiring more people than first thought.

 
Ozark Materials says it's expanding before it even opens its doors, and Greenville's mayor says the job opportunities headed to the city this year make a statement about the economy.  
 
More than 200 jobs... That's what Mayor Dexter McLendon says are heading to Greenville this year with a few new businesses making a mark on the city, "I think 2014 is going to be one of the best years that we've had in last five or six years. I'm very excited about other things that are going on in Greenville such as Wintzell's and how many jobs are going to be there, and what's going to be happening with Ozark Striping," says the Mayor. 
 
By the Fall, Ozark Materials hopes to hire nearly 80 employees; that is double what the company originally expected to hire in May of 2013 when it announced it would be coming to Greenville.
 
"I was hoping we could maybe employ about 30 folks, I think we are now looking at somewhere around 75 to 80 folks that we will employ by early Fall," says Lee Gross, President of Ozark Materials. 
 
Gross says that's because the company is planning another 2 million dollar investment in the Greenville facility, which creates the thermal plastic used to make lines on roads.
 
The company's president also says he is planning to start hiring almost immediately because two thirds of the project are expected to be complete by mid February.