The construction company produces components for oil refineries and power plants, piping systems, and power skids. In addition to welders, welder helpers, fitters, and laborers, Jeff Soward, company CEO, said other supporting jobs will also be filled including various clerical support staff including office and traceability clerks, warehouse workers, and material evaluators.
“Our main emphasis is safety,” Soward said. “We need people who can work safely and recognize potential hazards.”
The five-year-old Corpus Christi-based company has maintained a perfect safety record. Valiant is relocating some of its operations to Refugio.
“Two or three of us will be at Workforce Solutions to talk about what type of workers we’re looking for,” Soward said. “”We may do some handshake hiring but a baseline physical and a drug test will have to be done.”
Frank Hosey, employment counselor, said business has been brisk at the office. So far, just under 100 applications have been added into their system. The Workforce network matches potential employees with jobs for which they are qualified.
“Each person who comes in to apply will have their work history put on an account,” Hosey said. “That way employers can look at their work history.”
The employment counselor said he recommended that people bring certifications and resumes with them when they come.
“If you have a resume, attach it to the application,” Soward said.
The company considered several other sites before choosing Refugio but the local Economic Development Foundation’s proposal most appealing.
“The facility (the former Aker Marine on O’Brien Road) has everything we need,” said Roy Basaldua, president. “The plant has overhead cranes, power and storage space.”
The average annual salary is expected to be $50,000 per year.
“I’m just elated because Refugio needs industry and growth,” Hosey said. “We’ve had people who are commuting to Ingleside and other places who have come in to make applications so they don’t have to commute every day.”