Apr 9, 2012 8:41 PM by Lacey Steele

Rocla to bring 100 jobs to Pueblo

Around one hundred permanent, full-time jobs are coming to Pueblo.

That was the announcement Monday afternoon, and those with PEDCO, the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation, say this is something we've really needed for awhile.

It's called Rocla, and it's bringing one hundred jobs to build concrete railroad ties.

During the announcement those with PEDCO mentioned it's a perfect fit because we have the steel, so it's great to have the concrete ties to go along with it.

Not only is this a good move for the community, the company also benefits.

They will be building a railroad to aid in their manufacturing and hopefully more manufacturing as other companies possibly move in.

Those with PEDCO hope this is one of many announcements to come.

It's important to remember these are primary jobs meaning money will come from the outside but stay right here to benefit Pueblo's economy.

Rocla is relocating from Denver due to an imminent domain issue.

They looked at several different states, but decided to keep the jobs in Colorado.

"Personally, this is the first major company that's relocated since I've been a part of the organization, but it's been a couple years since we've had anybody this size," said Jack Rink, President and CEO of PEDCO. "I think what this shows is the Pueblo community can still pull all the resources it needs to coordinate a big project like this."

Construction will begin immediately and hopefully be complete later this year.

Rocla will be located at the St. Charles Industrial Park right down the road from Vestas.



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