The Rim Country economy received a big boost Tuesday when ground was broken for a new manufacturing operation at the airport industrial park.
RAM Enterprise Inc. is building a facility to manufacture and maintain material handling equipment for mining, power, chemical and coal and gas businesses.
The company, which is headquartered in Portland, Ore., chose to build in Payson because of its central location in the state and to all the areas it serves, including Nevada, Wyoming and Utah, said Tina Bruess, executive director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The facility will be on 2.75 acres at 1402 W. Bravo Taxiway, in the light industrial park at the airport.
The building will be approximately 10,000 square feet and is being constructed by Langham Construction, LLC.
Currently RAM has 120 employees in Arizona, and anticipates approximately 50 will be working at the Payson facility, Richard Milroy, president, said at the ground breaking ceremony.
Some of these people are already with the company and will be relocated to the area, while others will be hired locally. The company employs millwrights, pipe fitters, welders and other skilled laborers for its construction and repair services.
"That includes Globe, because there are people there with the skills we use," said Tim Horn, vice president, who is based at the company's Elko, Nev. operation.
RAM Enterprise Inc. offers services which include conveyor belt vulcanizing; belt crew presentation; pulley lagging services; process maintenance services; coating and lining services; and consulting services.
RAM is a full service material handling company. Not only does it offer field service work, but it also sells and supports many related material handling products. The staff understands not just the project, but also the entire process of their clients' businesses, company officials said. The staff is factory trained in many different products, ranging from idlers to conveyor belts. Not only does the staff merely complete tasks, but also the men and women of RAM identify and solve problems.
"There are several things that set us apart from other service providers," Milroy said.
The company considers the safety of its employees its biggest priority.
Every employee is committed to preventing unsafe work practices in order to protect themselves, the company and its customers.
The company's motto is "People Determine Quality" -- but safety comes first.