Michael and Teresa Martinez saw a need to open a new business in Las Vegas.
On Wednesday morning, the two, along with other county, local and federal officials participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the beginning of an era for Meadow City Manufacturing Inc.
Meadow City Manufacturing will be housed in a massive 8,500-square-foot building at the Las Vegas-San Miguel Wood Business Park, which is north of Las Vegas. The 153-acre site is also home to the county’s public works division. The property formerly housed Medite.
“This is a development the county purchased with the purpose of trying to create small businesses within the county and the city,” San Miguel County Manager Les Montoya said.
Meadow City Manufacturing manufactures caskets, monuments and memorial markers.
The county conducted a study several years ago which emphasized the need for economic development for the area.
“We have really implemented what the study told us we needed to do to really develop economically here in the county,” San Miguel County Commission Chairman Nicolas Leger said. “It was our policy decision to do that as a board.”
The county and other partners, including USDA, helped launch the casket business.
“For this project we were able to provide a $500,000 grant to the county for the construction of this facility,” said Terry Brunner, state director for USDA Rural Development. “The idea was this facility could be used to attract some businesses here. … We are lucky that Meadow City Manufacturing has chosen to locate here. This is going to be a great thing for the economy.”
The ribbon cutting was held in conjunction with the handing over of the keys to a new Ford pickup to Timoteo and his father Tim Martinez of Martinez and Sons Meat Processing, another business that opened its doors earlier this year.
“It is a great day in San Miguel County and Las Vegas …,” Leger said. “We are having a ribbon cutting and recognition of these businesses that are getting started.”
The Ford Super Duty diesel pickup and a trailer were purchased by the county using USDA funds and will be leased to the local meat processing company located south of Las Vegas. Montoya said the company will provide the maintenance and insurance for the vehicle, but the ownership will remain with the county.
Michael Lopez of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s office and Pamela Garcia from Congressman Ben Ray Lujan’s office also spoke at the ceremony that was attended by roughly 40 people.