PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- Friday afternoon city and state leaders welcomed a new company to Pikeville.
Officials cut the ribbon to SilverLiner, a new manufacturing company coming to the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park in Pikeville.
SilverLiner will produce tanker trucks and bringing many new jobs to the region
"I feel that it's very reasonable to say that we can employ 300 people here in Eastern Kentucky," said SilverLiner Owner, Chris Tomlinson.
Tomlinson grew up in Floyd County.
He said hiring local people is a priority.
"It means more to me than anything to put our people back to work," said Tomlinson.
Tomlinson's idea for SilverLiner quickly gained the support of city and state leaders.
"This one pleases me very much because it's the first in this park, but it's a signal of what's to come," said Congressman Hal Rogers.
A fresh start for the region helped by abandoned mine land funding Congressman Rogers worked to secure.
SilverLiner is the second business to come to the industrial park, but city leaders said this is only the beginning.
"We do have several other projects that we can't announce just yet, but there will be some other big, major announcements coming," said City of Pikeville Economic Development Director, Sean Cochran.
Officials estimate it will take 18 months to build the spec building housing SilverLiner.