As Abilene nears the start of 2023, the impact of three construction projects – west, city center and east – are to be considered.
At Five Points Business Park in far west Abilene. a $31.6 million expansion of Primal Pet Food has been underway.
On far east Abilene, Great Lakes Cheese Company nears completion of its $184.5 million, 280,000-square-foot facility.
And downtown, work continues on a $80 million project for a DoubleTree by Hilton between North Fifth and Sixth streets, across the street from the Abilene Convention Center.
All three landmark projects will add jobs to the city.
This is in addition to the 1,000-acre Lancium clean energy campus northwest of the city, Ground was broken in November for that project, which expects to invest $2.4 billion over the next five years.
DoubleTree general manager John Kukreja in an email last week said the 200-room facility is due to open in June. In addition to the rooms, it will offer a restaurant, cocktail bar, and a pool and fitness center (complete with Peleton bikes).
It will have 17,000 square feet of meeting space, and its ballroom can accommodate 1,000 people, Kukreja said.
As for addressing hiring concerns seen both locally and nationwide, he said Hilton for seven years has been included in Fortune magazine’s Best Company to Work For and a Great Place to Work. In 2022, it was ranked No. 2 among companies to work for.
Hiring for as many as 120 jobs will begin in April, he said. Job fairs will be scheduled so applicants can learn more about Hilton.
Jobs will be posted at jobs.hilton.com.
“Our aim is to build a fully human experience at work and create a culture that supports our team members in both their personal and professional journey,” he said. “We have some incredible benefits available to both hourly and salaried team members, including expanded parental leave, adoption assistance, extended bereavement leave, discounted hotel rates and employee stock purchase plan.”
There also is a partnership with Guild Education that “enables our team members to earn a variety of educational credentials at no cost to them.
“We’re confident our award-winning culture will excite the community of Abilene to join our team,” Kukreja said.
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