AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Tuesday over at the Amarillo City Council meeting, the council approved Location Incentive Agreements between the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation and three businesses.
Those businesses that were approved for Location Incentives Tuesday were the North Heights Linen Service, Roberson Cartridge Company, and Torkworx LP.
Kevin Carter, president, and CEO of the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation said these businesses will provide over 200 new jobs and add $8 million in additional payroll.
Torkworx LP President Kevin Corley said this is the first step outside of their headquarters in Spring, Texas and he said they were looking for the right community to be a partner.
This was the final step that would allow Torkworx to hire 80 new full-time employees over two years.
According to AEDC, Torkworx is expected to hire 15 full-time equivalent positions in 2021 and expand hiring efforts by the second year of operation.
“Amarillo has at every step of the way exhibited that they wanted to be a partner for Torkworx and we want to be an integral part of the community and we look forward to that,” said Corley.
In addition, the AEDC’s $250,000 incentive agreement will allow the North Heights Linen Service to hire 100 new full-time employees over a five-year period.
President of the North Heights Linen Service Puff Niegos said partnering with the AEDC is helping them with their efforts in revitalizing the North Heights Neighborhood.
“There hasn’t been any new construction in the area, major construction in over 15 years so we are really hoping that acts as a catalyst so other industries see that there is an opportunity to be in that community,” said Niegos.
Carter said in the last 30 years, Amarillo has done great in diversifying its economy.
“Yes, AG and oil and gas are still huge parts of our community, but we have done a great job of diversifying that with manufacturing, health care stuff and it’s a great position to be in where you are not dependent on one industry,” said Carter.
Those businesses also talked about the importance of working with Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University to recruit and retain employees.
All the Location Incentive Agreements passed with 4-0 votes.