Emerald Energy and Exploration Land Co., which provides Right of Way land acquisition and project management services, will relocate the company’s headquarters to Salyersville alongside the recent Mountain Parkway expansion, with a $1.4 million investment creating 25 full-time jobs.
The company is the first to announce plans to locate in Magoffin County’s newly established Gifford Road Industrial Park.
“The extension of the Mountain Parkway greatly improves access to Eastern Kentucky and positions new and existing businesses to invest, grow and create quality jobs for our residents in the region,” Gov. Beshear said. “This project will benefit Magoffin County and the surrounding area as Emerald Energy continues to grow in the commonwealth. It has been a mission of my administration to create great jobs in Eastern Kentucky, and this is another step toward achieving that goal.”
Emerald’s investment comes in response to continued growth of its service to some of the nation’s largest and oldest public utilities, regional power cooperatives and public and private energy companies. Company leaders noted the Mountain Parkway expansion as a deciding factor in the site selection process, as it opens Eastern Kentucky to new business development and growth opportunities. The project supports construction of a 10,000-square-foot facility on five acres on Gifford Road in Salyersville that will house the company’s executive team, project supervisors, administrative staff, mapping personnel and field crews. The new construction is expected to begin in early 2024 and be completed by the start of 2025.
“Emerald Energy is grateful to be in a position that we can provide opportunities to Eastern Kentuckians entering or returning to the workforce,” said Emerald Energy President Adam Bailey. “Emerald is dedicated to improving the infrastructure of the region by helping utilities provide safe and reliable services. We appreciate the incentives provided by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Magoffin County and their elected officials for making this possible.”
The company’s announcement follows recent selection by Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman for $1 million in funding to Magoffin County Fiscal Court through the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) program to construct a Build-Ready certified site at the Gifford Road Industrial Park. Last week, Gov. Beshear and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers announced $24.4 million in funds for economic development projects in nine Eastern Kentucky counties.
“Magoffin County is attracting new opportunities to the region with the Gifford Road Industrial Park, and I am excited for the future of Emerald Energy. This project works in concert with the growth on ‘restaurant row’ and the expansion of the Mountain Parkway, opening this vital corridor for better opportunities in Eastern Kentucky,” said Congressman Hal Rogers, Dean of the U.S. House of Representatives. “Each year, I work to secure more funding for coal-producing states through the AMLER grant program that I created in 2016, and this is a great example of how grants can be used to revitalize communities that have been hit hard by the downturn of the coal industry.”
Emerald will relocate from its current location in nearby Prestonsburg, where the company has operated since 2010. Emerald’s services help clients in the energy industry deliver power to their destination and the company has experienced significant growth in the past five years. The company’s Eastern Kentucky operation is recognized by the U.S. Small Business Association as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) and employs more than 30 people in Kentucky. Emerald also operates in Corbin and Louisville, in addition to locations in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Magoffin County Judge/Executive Matthew Wireman welcomed the first occupant of the Gifford Road Industrial Park.
“We are beyond excited that Emerald Energy has decided to be the first entity to make our Gifford Road Industrial Park home,” Judge Wireman said. “Their continued growth across the United States is sure to have a significant economic impact on our community as well as provide exposure to other potential businesses who are looking for an excellent location for their companies.”
Salyersville Mayor James Shepherd said the project will be a great addition for the community.
“Having met with the leaders of Emerald Energy and Exploration Land Co. and researching their company, I feel very strongly that they would be a great asset to Magoffin County,” said Mayor Shepherd. “The City of Salyersville provides water and sewer to the industrial park and county leadership has always worked closely with us on the park. We look forward to working with all involved to make this happen.”
Jimmy Salyer, director of Magoffin County Economic Development, said he looks forward to a long-term partnership with the company.
“Emerald Energy and Exploration Land Co. will provide career opportunities for Magoffin County residents as we continue to seek avenues for growth,” Salyer said. “Built on integrity, professionalism and values, they will be an excellent partner as the first resident of the Gifford Road Industrial Park. We look forward to collaboration, teamwork and expansion as we move Magoffin County forward as a desirable location for business and industry.”
For more information on Emerald Energy, visit EmeraldEnergyCompany.com.
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