Three hundred jobs are coming to a small town in Webster Parish as a company from Texas plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to Springhill.

IntegriCo Composites has announced plans to build a $20 million plant that will produce railroad ties, rail crossings and industrial mats. State Sen. Robert Adley, who represents Webster Parish, said this is great news for the area.

"It is a town of good leadership at the local level," Adley said, "(and) has been able to survive through some very difficult times at the loss of different industries they once had. This is a real blessing and this will be a great boost for them."

Adley said the new manufacturing facility will create an annual salary of $35,000 plus benefits for employees. He said bringing this industry will help the people of Springhill, because a number of their plants either shut down or moved locations.

Springhill's economy has especially struggled since International Paper closed the mill there in 1979.

"It has been very difficult, but they have been able to maintain. And now this will be a wonderful boost for them. Not only them but all over North Louisiana, frankly," Adley said.

Adley said there is a good labor force in North Louisiana as well as a variety of technical schools. He says it fits perfectly to put this facility in Webster Parish.

"It fits and we've been able to do some new road work up there to open it up. It works well and to utilize all these assets -- that is a good thing," Adley said.

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