As town dignitaries walked into a new manufacturing facility near the airport Thursday, it quickly became obvious that this company wasn't just building cabinet doors -- it was hard at work creating jobs.
After more than three years of planning, The Door Stop is now manufacturing custom cabinet doors in their new 30,000 square-foot plant at Payson's Sky Park Industrial Park.
"I needed a job and heard they were hiring, said Payson resident Yudith Bojorquec. "I started about a month ago." Bojorquec is one of many area residents hired to staff the expansion of the Chandler company.
"It's a wonderful addition to the economy of Payson," councilperson Judy Buettner said. "They have 62 people working here and 42 of them are new-hires from Payson. And that's wonderful."
"This is the kind of economic development we've been looking for for years," Vice Mayor Barbara Brewer said. "I'm really excited that they're here and I'm looking forward to a bright future for them."
The new facility houses an operation that produces doors for custom cabinet builders throughout Arizona, Nevada, and California.
The Door Stop is expected to boost the town's tax revenues by more than $75,000 a year, and infuse a significant amount of money into the local economy.
"The Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation has been pleased to work with The Door Stop during the relocation process," said Scott Flake, PREDC director. "There have been a lot of hurdles along the way. We appreciate everybody who helped make this happen."
"We had a little difficulty at first with getting by some of the issues in the (town) codes. But we've done that," said The Door Stop owner Jim Hill "The town has learned and so have we."
Hill said he was pleased with how the operation was going. "The Payson staff is working out well. We've had a good group show up. Not everyone understands quite what we do -- this is not office work. There is quite a bit of strenuous work and we've had some turnover. We expect that. The thing that we're offering here is an opportunity for somebody to make themselves indispensable. We'll teach them, but if they have the work ethic and the ambition to make themselves indispensable, I will apply a golden handcuff and they will have a career."