Sidney Sun-Telegraph

Our Opinion

Jobs Are Good

Published: Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

It sure looks like 2010 is getting off on the right foot. Of course we are talking about the two announcements you can find on the front page of today’s edition.

Two companies announced at the same time, intentions to relocate to Sidney, open up operations and employ local folks. What better news could we hope for as the rest of the nation continues to battle high unemployment rates and business closings?

This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take a moment and remember the businesses that Sidney has lost over the past year. There have been a number of them that shut their doors, although a few closed for reasons other than the recession or loss of income.

The announcements made Tuesday give new reason to celebrate. One company, Industrial Structures Inc., will have a permanent staff of 10 to 15 people during construction periods – with an anticipated annual payroll in the Sidney area of $1 million.

The second company, Emagine Concepts, aims to create 40 positions during initial development. A term of a loan approved by the Cheyenne County Commissioners states the company must have 20 full-time positions within a year, and those positions must be maintained during the six-year term of the agreement.

That’s a potential of up to 55 jobs coming to the area. To be specific, those jobs will be located just northwest of Sidney at the Adams Industries Industrial Park.

What an operation Don Adams has created out there. Adams Industries positioned itself in just the right place to make use of Interstate 80 and the companies huge fleet of shipping trucks. Also available to the company is the Sidney & Lowe Railroad tie to two major U.S. railroads running north-south and east-west.

Couple that ability to move product with acres upon acres of land on which to build, and more than 600,000 square feet of warehousing, and you’ve got one heck of a prospect that seems to be what expanding companies just cannot resist.

So you can bet we are proud of the efforts of Adams Industries and its owner, Don Adams, to bring these jobs to the area. We’re proud to be a part of a region in the U.S. that seems to be bucking the national trends brought about by the Great Recession.

There are other prospects eyeing Sidney as the next place to set up operations, and we don’t think they’re wrong for keeping us in mind. We have good, hard-working people who love this area, and one fine way to make sure it stays that way is to create jobs.

The two companies making announcements on Tuesday are manufacturing companies. Jobs created will include technicians and craftsmen, but also clerical and managerial. Between two companies, a wide range of skills will be harnessed to ensure they succeed.

The best part? The companies will use local talents. The jobs they create will be new, not transferred.

So maybe 2010 is getting off on the right foot. We’re not even two months into the year yet, so it may be a little early for celebration, but after a year of reports of companies slashing jobs and going out of business, a little good cheer couldn’t hurt.