Last week an event was held on our courthouse square commemorating the beginning of work on the building that will be the Texas HQ for Provalus. This groundbreaking also celebrated the multi-million-dollar economic impact that the innovative new tech company will have on Jasper and the surrounding region.
The headquarters project will turn a large 60-year-old one story building on Jasper’s courthouse square into a two story state-of-the-art technology center that will house up to 200 employees. The building costs, estimated at $3 million, are funded by the historic partnership between the City of Jasper and the Jasper Economic Development Corporation.
Citizens gathered to hear from Mayor Gary Gatlin and JEDCO Executive Director, Eddie Hopkins as they shared the story of how the JEDCO board of directors, our city council and the people of Jasper worked unselfishly towards the common goal of getting Provalus to choose our town as the place they wanted to set up shop. Chuck Ruggiero, president of Provalus, told the crowd that they knew early on that Jasper would be their new home because of the apparent cohesiveness between the different entities and the welcoming warmth those entities had shown Provalus. Mr. Ruggiero also noted that since their beginning last March, Provalus has grown to 70 employees and can see hitting the 200 mark ahead of schedule.
Kicking off the event, Michael Treyger, Deputy Director at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, presented Mr. Ruggerio a certificate from Gov. Abbott welcoming Provalus to Texas while assuring him that his office was there to help them as the settled here. State Representative James White told Provalus management and employees present that he knew the folks of Jasper well and assured them that they had made the right choice by coming here. The closing speaker was Aaron Demerson, Commissioner Representing Employers, Texas Workforce Commission, who congratulated both Provalus and Jasper while advising on the many programs the commission offers to aid in finding and hiring the right employees.
Also present at the event were: Provalus CEO Michael Winwood; Wayne Drewery, Jordan Elder, Eric Koenig of Drewery Construction; Malcom McKinley, Shane Wright of McKinley-Golden Architects.
Following the speakers, refreshments of lemonade, cupcakes and commemoratively decorated cookies were provided by Provalus.
Special thanks are in order to: Mike Lout and KJAS Radio for furnishing the sound system and music; Rhonda and Ky Griffin of Stringer-Griffin Funeral Home for use of the canopies; and Judge Mark Allen for use of the gazebo and courthouse square.