Epic Piping completes phase one of construction on Lake Providence facility
The first phase of construction on Epic Piping's Lake Providence facility has finished, according to CEO Remi Bonnecaze.
Bonnecaze said the company has already hired 20 people to work in the new facility, with most of them being from the Lake Providence area.
One worker, Kelvin Jackson, said he used to have to drive to Delhi in order to work. He said he's glad he's now able to work locally.
"I've had two accidents over the years of going back and forth to work so that eliminates a lot of that. And now I'm only five minutes down the road, so I don't have to get up two hours early to get dressed, to fight the weather, to the fight the road, fight everything getting to work on time," said Jackson.
Bonnecaze said when they were deciding on where to open up the new facility, they were looking for somewhere they could have a positive impact, such as a small town that might not have had the advantages of a major city.
"Our management team thought 'If we could make a positive impact while an investment, and it's still a smart business decision, then why don't we do that?' And that's why we chose to look at a community that we could do both," he said.
Bonnecaze said Lake Providence had the infrastructure and the available workforce to fit the company's needs.
Lake Providence mayor Jerry Bell said he's excited about the town's relationship with the company moving forward.
"Because Lake Providence is, again, like I said earlier, positioned for manufacturing, shipping, receiving, and trade. And our community is a community where we definitely have people who have skill sets to fit the needs that Epic Piping is trying to have."
According to Bonnecaze, the company is hoping to bring in new equipment into the facility around March. Once it's all installed, he said they'll need more people. They're expected to hire an additional 25 to 30 people by the end of the year.