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Emerson announces $5 million expansion

SHERMAN -- One of the largest manufacturing businesses in Grayson County is about to get even bigger.

Emerson Process Management and its subsidiary, Fisher Controls announced today a massive expansion.

For employees, the expansion equals a future, a chance to advance at a company for which there is already a mutual respect.

"I feel real important here. I feel like management makes me feel necessary, like my job, what I do here is necessary," employee James Johnson said.

Tuesday, Emerson Process Management and Fisher Controls broke ground on a brand new 53,000 square foot expansion of their Sherman facility.

The company treated employees to lunch and a live band to celebrate.

"We're tickled to death to have this celebration today," plant manager Mark Anderson said. "This was a big day for us. Having the band, the food, our team, they appreciate this community. We are very involved in the community."

Emerson makes control valves for things like oil rigs and pipelines.

The goal of the expansion is to streamline the manufacturing process that's already in place.

Managers say the plant has just outgrown itself. They say they're now shipping product as far away as Saudi Arabia and China.

The new facility will cost $5 million dollars just to build.

Some of the cost is being offset by $400,000 in incentives from the Sherman Economic Development Corporation.

"It's a huge win," SEDCO president Scott Connell said. "It's kind of a good housekeeping seal of approval, that the company has been here, they continue to reinvest."

The expansion is expected to bring about 22 new jobs.

Since it opened in the 70's, generations of Texoma families have worked at Emerson, something the company can hang its hat on.

"About 1/3 of us have been here for 30 years," employee Camey VonBergen said.

The expansion is expected to be completed in about a year.