LES to Create 30 Jobs in Jal

Staff Report
The Associated Press

JAL, N.M. (AP) - Louisiana Energy Services will create 30 jobs in Jal in an expansion of its operations in southeastern New Mexico.

Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday the expansion also will create 60 construction jobs to renovate the buildings LES will use. Richardson says the 30 permanent jobs will have an average salary of $75,000 a year. The construction jobs will last through 2015.

LES's National Enrichment Facility being built in Eunice will provide 50 percent of the total demand for nuclear fuel in the United States by 2015.

The jobs announced this week will be added to the already 300 permanent jobs LES has already created in Lea County. The company also will maintain 500-700 construction jobs.

Richardson says LES's payroll for New Mexico is expected to reach $30 million this year.