More jobs coming to Casey

November 26, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Two announcements this week will mean more jobs for Casey County, which has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

Image Entry, a data processing service, plans to be up and running in a couple of weeks and will hire 50 people, said Arlan Sanders, executive director for the Liberty/Casey County Economic Development Authority.

Another job boost to the county comes with the approval of a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to extend sewer service from Liberty to Tarter Gate Co. in Dunnville. The application was approved last week by Gov. Paul Patton and the state Department for Local Government.

The data processing business will be located in a 6,000-square-foot area in Liberty Square shopping center on Wallace Wilkinson Boulevard.

Sanders said the firm will hire 50 people now and plans to expand later to hire up to 150. The company is looking at working two shifts, he said.


He said Image Entry does similar work as ACS data processing, which has been operating in town for several years. ASC also is hiring, he said.

Image Entry is working on the building and plans to be in operation soon. The company employs more than 700 people in 10 locations in the state.

Application forms for jobs can be picked up at City Hall. Training is being done by Casey County Adult Learning Center and the state Department for Employment Services. Positions for supervisors and data entry operators will be available when the facility opens.

The community development block grant will allow construction of 50,000 linear feet of sewer line and four pump stations from Liberty to Dunnville. After the sewer project is complete, Tarter Gate plans to spend $3 million to renovate its facilities and add 100 employees to its workforce.

Tarter Gate is the county's largest employer and distributes farm gates and other farm equipment to more than 3,000 customers nationwide.

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