Sulphur Springs Independent School District trustees, following a special noon meeting Friday, approved a contract with attorneys “related to construction defects litigation.”
It has oft been said if you don’t like the weather in Texas, stick around; it’ll change soon. The last few weeks have been indicative of that, with temperatures ranging from balmy tropical highs that have people wearing shorts one day to below freezing temps that require heavy coats, hats, gloves and extra layers another.
News jobs are coming to Hopkins County thanks to Diversified Minerals Incorporated; which held their ground breaking cremony Friday morning on Pioneer Parkway off Interstate 30.
Sulphur Springs Mayor Freddie Taylor, Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom and Alliance Bank President and CEO Tom Sellers all spoke at the event to congratulate and welcome Diversified Minerals to the community.
“We started in 1990 in California with cement blending, and then we expanded to Diversified Storage Systems in 1993,” said DMI CEO Jim Price. “The business culture in Texas is just fantastic. ... This is our third expansion and definitely the most exciting.”
Price said that after building their facility on the property, they have purchased additional land to expand and possibly bring additional job opportunities to Sulphur Springs.
“I love this community. We have had a connection every time we have flown down here. We were looking at several locations to build, either Minnesota, Texas, Nevada or Montana. We wanted to be next to a thoroughfare, like highway 30, because we ship a lot of equipment to the East coast and Houston from the port. When we found this location, it felt right.”
The DMI facility is set to be completed later this year and expected to employ 30 to 60 employees. Price said that he will have a team of experts come down to train and work at the Sulphur Springs location, but the majority of the work force will be hired locally.
“Our facility will be around 4,500 to 4,800 square feet. We are looking to be half staffed by the end of the year and fully staffed by 2016,” said Price. “We are hoping for 15 to 20 jobs this year, which will be a small part of the staff. We are looking for engineers, design, electrical and other major development positions to be hire here.”