“The unemployment rate in Walker County continues to be one of the lowest in the state, and I attribute that success to the hard work and dedication of our citizens,” said Bebe Heiskell, Walker County commissioner. “My number one priority as commissioner continues to be attracting new business to the area so we can continue this level of success in moving Walker County forward.”
The news follows Roper Corp.’s announcement that the company is hiring more than 100 employees for newly created positions.
“Roper Corporation’s commitment to Walker County has been invaluable to us over the years, and we are so appreciative of that,” Heiskell said. “We will continue to do absolutely everything we can to make sure they are economically healthy and continue to operate here for many years.”
“We continue to be impressed with the workforce here, and the county overall offers a tremendous quality of life,” said Kevin Redman, materials manger and acting plant manager for Roper Corp., which is Walker County’s largest private employer. “We also want to thank the Walker County Development Authority for all their support.”
CNN recently traveled to Walker County to observe why the local economy is thriving following a 2008 recession unemployment level at more than 11 percent. CNN’s story attributed the success to the diversity of job creation in the area, ranging from the automotive industry to carpet and fiber manufacturers to Roper Corp.’s cooking appliance manufacturing operation owned by General Electric.
Since the economic downturn of 2008 through 2013, Roper Corp. will have invested $167 million to manufacture new cooking products. The Walker County Development Authority and government officials entered into an agreement with the company to create an economic development bond, valued at $64 million, to upgrade production equipment and funds for employee job training as part of Roper’s commitment to continue operations in Walker County. More than 1,200 people are employed by Roper Corp., and more than 100 new positions have been created this year.