Last October, two guys traveling the back roads from Bagdad, Ariz. to Safford came around a bend and happened upon Payson. According to the way they tell it, they looked at each other and said, "This is where we need to be."
The two were Richard Milroy, president, and Tim Horn, vice president, of RAM Enterprise Inc. They stopped at Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty and met with Lori Coleman. They then met with Barbara Ganz of the Payson Regional Economic Development Council. RAM bought the ground and, since it was a mirror of the building they have in Elko, Nev., submitted their plans to the Town of Payson last February.
I had the pleasure to meet Richard and Tim at the official groundbreaking ceremony for their new facility at the Payson Airport, coordinated by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and PREDC.
What a great couple of guys. They couldn't emphasize enough their concern for their employees' safety and well-being. High on the priority list was locating an office in a quality of life location, i.e. Payson.
We were told, hopefully, within six months they would have up to 50 employees working out of the brand-new building. I asked Richard, who runs the company from RAM's corporate headquarters in Portland, Ore., what percentage of these people would be considered a living wage employee.
He laughed and said, "all of them," with an average wage of $70,000 to $80,000 per year.
Being a city boy, I'm not exactly sure what RAM does -- something about heavy conveyor systems primarily for the mining industry. What I do know -- this is exactly the type of high-paying jobs (that means taxes, folks) Payson can attract at the Payson Airport's light industrial park.
Working together, local private enterprise and the PREDC made this company welcome with little hassle.
Richard and Tim, we're glad you found us.
Now, for all you folks who've had real estate on the market for 3-4 months, hang in there. They're coming.