Numerous employees already have been hired and work is ramping up quickly at the site of a large sand mining operation being established northwest of Lamesa by U.S. Silica.
    That was part of the information shared this past Monday evening during a regular joint meeting of the Lamesa Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) and Lamesa Economic Alliance Project (LEAP) boards of directors.
    U.S. Silica has been hosting training here this week for a number of new employees already hired for the mining operation, said Nathan Tafoya, executive director of both LEDC and LEAP.
    The company also has been hosting several job fairs in an effort to fill a variety of additional positions.
    Sandra Adams, Lamesa Area Chamber of Commerce President who was on hand for the LEDC/LEAP meeting, said it appears the company is hiring many of its employees from among local residents.
    “They’re really impressed with Lamesa,” Adams said of U.S. Silica officials who are leading the project here. “They’ve already filled 100 positions and are looking for more.”
    Tafoya praised Adams and the Chamber for working with the company, noting the Chamber “ ... rolled out the red carpet for them.”
    Company officials have indicated they hope to begin production of sand by this spring at the site located about a mile west of FM 829 near the intersection of County Road C and County Road 11.


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