Big River Rolling Manufacturing, which was to open for business in a vacant building on Airport Industrial Road in June has had to delay their opening, according to Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers.

“They were expecting to open in July of this year but the equipment they need to operate has been delayed,” Rogers said. ”They ordered their equipment in the winter expecting it here months ago. That’s why we worked on getting them a contract quickly so they would have a home for that equipment and so far it just hasn’t come in. Nothing has changed though besides the delay. I visit with them regularly. They are ready and eager to build their business.”

In January, the Paris City Council unanimously authorized Rogers to negotiate a lease with Big River Roller Manufacturing, which occupies a 20,000 square foot previously vacant building on Airport Industrial Road, adjacent to the Paris-Subiaco Municipal Airport. The building had been previously occupied by River Valley Tool and Dye.

Rogers said he remains confident the company will open.

“As mayor, I have all the complete confidence in them, I believe they will compete in their market and be a great success,” he said. “Though a start up business, they have experience in roller manufacturing and are very ambitious, and though starting small, they feel very confident they can employ 50-plus employees in five to 10 years. That’s one reason in the contract we signed we have added nearly four acres. They believe they could be adding on within there first year of operation. In addition, these jobs require more training than some and will pay a good living wage. From my conversations with them, they want to find workers that they can train to do the job well and pay them well. I’m excited about what they bring to Paris. The potential for a lot of growth is huge with this company, and I’m excited we have them here and were able to find a contract appealing to bring them here. A lot of cities would love to have a company come in with this much upside potential. In fact, when we met them they were ready to sign in Russellville, but when I got the call that our building was set up best for there operation if a deal could be reached, I knew we would get it. We had the building, we had the room for their expansion needs, we had just built a career center to help train their future workforce, and I knew I wanted new jobs and I believed fully in their plan. They have already made great improvements to the building. I visited them out there a couple of months ago and was very impressed with work they had put in preparing to open.”

The company will manufacture industrial rollers.

“The building sits on 6.2 acres and they told me they are eventually going to need 10 acres and I told them that wouldn’t be a problem.” Rogers said. “I also told them about the new career center and about the possibility of benefiting from that.”

The Tyson Foods-Logan Count Career Center opened late last year and provides career and technical education aimed at filling the needs of local employers. A grand opening ceremony took place on Jan. 22. It is located next to Paris High School.

Rogers said the company will lease the building for four years. After that, they will have the option of purchasing the building and land.