Praxair announces new jobs coming to Four Corners

Posted at: 02/27/2014 6:05 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

After a process that took more than 10 years from start to finish, the Praxair plant near Farmington announced on Thursday some new jobs coming this way.

“More than 200 direct and indirect jobs over the next 3 years,’ said New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.

The jobs are a result of expansion of the plant in Kirtland. Praxair will now produce 300 tons of liquid nitrogen every day.

All will go to local oil and gas companies.

“This is a part of that economic development puzzle. That we have all been working so hard on,” said Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts.

Praxair is the largest industrial gas company in North and South America.

Gerald Miller, Vice President of Praxair said, “I think nm is a great place to invest and grow, I was very sincere when I said that when I travel the 10 states I'm responsible for none are better in terms of working with the business and environment than this one right here.”

Governor Susana Martinez says she wants businesses like this to expand across New Mexico.

“I will continue to do all I can,” said the Martinez, “to make for New Mexico businesses to make our state more competitive regionally and in the u-s because we know that nm has a lot to offer, and we have made a lot of wonderful changes to let our new economy grow, making sure that all four corners of our state are benefiting from the changes taking place.”