BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A major document services and imaging company is bringing dozens of jobs to Knox County.
The Xerox Corporation is hiring up to 50 people to work at a newly-renovated facility in Barbourville.
Xerox was awarded a $16 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security to digitize paper documents for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Xerox is working closely with the KCEOC Community Action Partnership.
"We chose the Barbourville area just because it's a good area, solid workforce, and it's also near some existing operations that can help support the new facility," said Carl Langsenkamp, a spokesman for Xerox.
The facility will meet stringent government security standards for handling official paper documents for the Department of Homeland Security.
"We can take that paper, digitize it, put it up in the cloud or a secure repository that we can manage, and get the information back to the Homeland Security Office as quickly as possible," Langsenkamp said.
When the facility is finished, Xerox will be able to scan and digitize immigration records, producing more than 25 million images a year.
The city of Barbourville came up with funding to rebuild the road leading up the structure, and the county assisted with prepping the site.
"It's been a true partnership between the city of Barbourville, and the county, Knox county, working with the judge and mayor and us, the community action agency making this all happen," said Paul Dole, President & CEO of KCEOC Community Action Partnership.
The company promises good salary and benefits for its new employees.
Dole welcomes the new industry, in a region that has lost several jobs in recent years.
"Any time we can bring in new industry that will bring in 10, 15, 20, 50 new jobs is great," he said.
Xerox's contract with the Department of Homeland Security runs for three years, but Dole is confident it will be renewed and Barbourville operations expanded.
The facility should be up and running by the end of the year.
Anyone interested in one of these jobs can contact KCEOC's WIA (workforce Investment) Office at (606) 546-2639.