Webster County, Ky. (WEHT) A Tennessee construction company is bringing new jobs to Webster County.
Eagle Truss will open a new plant near Sebree, bringing 50 jobs. It’s welcome news for an area that’s watched coal mining jobs disappear, including the recent loss of jobs at the Dotiki Mine.
It’s been a while since workers have been coming through doors like this one here at the old Carhartt building just outside Sebree. But later this year, Eagle Truss officials hope to have dozens of them working here again.
“It’s very significant in our eyes. it’s opening up a whole new market area for us,” said Tracy Morgan, one of the owners of Eagle Truss, and a former coal miner.
“Spent about 8-9 years in the underground mines,” Morgan recalled. The Hopkins County native says opening a new plant at the old Carhartt building can help attract workers from other counties, and those who used to work at recently closed mines, such as Dotiki.
“For us to be able to offer some of those guys that’s losing jobs, any kind of job is going to benefit and we are hoping to contribute to that,” he said.
The company plans to hire drivers, sales staff and other workers in the coming months to make trusses for houses and other buildings. Webster Co. Judge Executive Steve Henry says it can fill some of the void caused in the county work force by production stopping at Dotiki, and potentially keep future workers close to home.
“Another aspect of that too is as our high school seniors graduate, depending on the direction they go, we want them to have opportunities as well to be able to stay in the county,” Henry said.
State Senator Robby Mills, R-Henderson County, says he expects more manufacturing jobs to show up along the I-69 corridor, where the new plant will be located near, as it becomes a bigger economic corridor.
Company officials also say they hope to have everything up and running as soon as this May.
WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – New jobs and a new company are coming to a familiar place in Webster County.
Eagle Truss is bringing around fifty new jobs to the Old Carhartt building off Interstate 69.
The company is based out of Tennessee making trusses for housing.
Eagle Truss hopes to begin hiring this spring.
(This story was originally published on March 2, 2020.)