Albuquerque Business First
By Rachel Sapin, Reporter
PUBLISHED: Apr 21, 2017

Sandoval County has gained 111 jobs in manufacturing this year, according to data from the Sandoval Economic Alliance.

Amfabsteel Inc. and Phat Steel Inc., two separate but connected manufacturing companies, added 63 jobs, Horizon AG Products added 10 positions as well as Walatowa Timber. And a company that Tiffany Avery, director of marketing and communications with Sandoval Economic Alliance, said would like to remain anonymous is currently hiring for 28 manufacturing jobs.

In an interview with Albuquerque Business First, Jami Grindatto, who will step down as CEO of the Sandoval Economic Alliance at the end of June, said in the past few years the county has attempted to diversify its workforce to account for jobs shrinking at companies like Intel where automation requires fewer on-site employees.

Manufacturing jobs in Sandoval County have been growing since 2012, according to data collected by Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights. In 2012, the county had 51 manufacturing positions, and by 2016, that number increased to 181 jobs.

Since 2012, the job category with the most jobs in the county has been in healthcare and social assistance, and those jobs have also been growing. In 2012, the data showed Sandoval County had 429 jobs in health care and social assistance. In 2016, the county had 1,195 jobs.

Amfabsteel had $35 million in sales in 2016 while Phat Steel had $2.5 million. Amfab received $608,868 from New Mexico’s Job Training Incentive Program this year to train employees and Phat Steel received $168,374 from JTIP for its employees.

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