From an information technology company to a food processing facility, the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) announced the expansion of three businesses during a press conference on Wednesday adding 343 jobs and $10.8 million in capital investment in the Lubbock community.
Key Organics, Inc., a food processing facility, will build an organic grains and pulses milling facility investing $5.8 million and adding 38 new jobs. The plant will produce 3.5 million pounds of organic certified flours per month and begin operations in 2020.
“We look forward to expanding our company into the first state-of-the-art facility for milling organic certified grains and pulses in Lubbock,” said Rodrigo Ariceaga, president and CEO of Key Organics, Inc. “Our company is thankful to LEDA for its support and guidance as we strive to lead the world in our high efficiency and environmentally-friendly process.”
As a not-for-profit organization, Saint Francis Ministries provides healing and hope to children, adults and families. Located in seven states and two countries, Saint Francis Ministries will open three new offices in Texas with the largest one in downtown Lubbock. To provide for placement services, community engagement and the coordination of services for children in foster care and their families, Saint Francis Ministries will add 190 jobs in Lubbock within the next two years.
“We’re excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lubbock community and to offer services and support for children and families,” said Cristian Garcia, regional vice president for Saint Francis Ministries. “We’ll be drawing from the talented students at local universities and growing a workforce focused on caring for some of the most vulnerable people in the state.”
Tyler Technologies meets the needs of city, county and regional government services with its innovative software solutions. The company announced plans to add 115 jobs over the next five years along with
$5 million in capital investment.
“We will be hiring highly skilled professionals in support, consulting, sales and software engineering,” said Dane Womble, president of the local government division of Tyler Technologies. “We view LEDA as a strategic partner and a valuable community resource in helping us meet our employee and overall growth objectives.”
John Osborne, CEO of LEDA, said the expansion of these three companies provides more opportunities for our citizens, helps attract more people to Lubbock who are looking for high-quality jobs, and exemplifies the diverse growth within the local economy.
“We are a voice for Lubbock and continue to serve as advocates for our community to promote diverse, long-term economic prosperity,” said Osborne.