Brand new industry

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DURANT -- Durant city leaders hope a new business will bring to town two hundred new jobs in the next three years.

Icon Construction celebrated its grand opening Friday morning, and officials say they hope it’s just the first of many more industries to make Durant home.

Over the past couple of years, nine new forms of industry have moved whole or parts of their operations to Durant, which have created new jobs and brought money to the region.

It’s a trend which city leaders hope continues.

A large group gathered Friday morning at the Icon Construction facility on Big Lots Road to celebrate its grand opening eight months after city leaders broke ground on the facility back in September.

The ceremony is a celebration of the completion of the first modular building manufactured at the facility which became operational back on April 24th.

The company’s headquarters are in McKinney, but officials with Icon say they saw the benefit of having a plant near Highway 69/75 because it allows them to move their product in a more efficient way.

The plant will produce around 2,500 square feet of buildings per day, and eventually employ 200 workers once fully operational.

Officials with both the city and Icon say it’s a win-win.

Tommy Krammer with Durant Economic Development said, "The day we looked on this property there were buffaloes walking out on it, and we bought this ranch and converted it to jobs."

"There an extremely motivated and skilled labor force in Durant that we have tapped into," said James Bell, the president & CEO of Icon Construction.

No word yet on when the plant plans to increase its workforce, but company officials hope to do it soon.

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