ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - It is the first big jobs announcement since a major candy company left Roswell two years ago and this time it is good news.
Governor Susana Martinez is in Roswell Friday announcing nearly 200 new jobs opening up in the area.
Four different companies in the area are expanding, creating jobs in areas like cheese manufacturing and the aviation industry.
The news comes two years after Impact Confections Candy Factory, famous for making those sour warhead candies, left town that put more than 80 employees out of work.
Friday, aircraft painting company, Dean Baldwin Painting, says it is adding 100 new jobs in the area as part of a $1.3 million expansion.
Stewart Industries, which salvages and recycles aircraft parts, will be hiring 50 mechanics. The company just received FAA approval to do renovations on old aircrafts.
The world's largest mozzarella cheese producer, Leprino Foods, is announcing 13 new jobs to help with sales worldwide. And AG-Power is ready for the groundbreaking of a new biofuel plant that will create 20 jobs.
The company will create power from the abundance of animal waste.
"This is really about the community,” Dewey Vaughn, President of AG Power said. “It means a lot as a project and projects to come but really we're saying this is about communities. This is about people taking action and this community and this area has done that."
This will be AG-Power's first project in New Mexico.
The governor's office says the average wage for some of these jobs ranges from around $14 to $18 an hour.
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