ST. PAULS — Johnson Brothers Utility and Paving Company is now accepting applications for work at its still under-construction facility in St. Pauls, according to Veronica Johnson, the company’s administrative manager
The asphalt manufacturing and paving company hopes to fill about 25 positions through the North Carolina Employment Security Commission and the Workforce Development program at Robeson Community College.
Johnson said that the company had hoped to begin the hiring process shortly after the announcement of its St. Pauls location in February, but was delayed as a result of inclement weather.
“The weather is really creating some havoc for us getting started,” she said. “We’re praying for the weather to clear up so we can really kick off the paving season.”
Johnson said that the projected date of completion for construction of the plant has also been pushed back from June 1 to July 1 as a result of the weather.
Jobs available at the facility include skilled positions such as administrative assistant and plant manager, as well as entry-level openings for laborers, equipment operators and truck drivers. Average salaries will be about $30,000 a year.
Johnson Brothers Utility and Paving Company was established in the 1960s and is headquartered in Lillington.
The company represents the first business to set up operations inside the St. Pauls Industrial Park. The 600-acre park is situated off Interstate 95 and was designed to attract new industries to the town.
“Hopefully Johnson Brothers will serve as a catalyst to bring other businesses into the park,” said Greg Cummings, Robeson County’s economic developer.
Cummings said that the company plans to invest about $5 million during its first phase of development. That would mean the business would pay the county, which has a property tax rate of 77 cents, about $38,500 a year.
“This will definitely help strengthen Robeson County’s tax base,” he said.