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Biotech firm Triton has decided not to build a new manufacturing center in Paris.
The company announced last August that it was looking for a site to build on. Triton was to build a multimillion-dollar facility to use algae to produce a protein known as milk amyloid A, frequently just called MAA. The center had the potential to employ up to 300 people.
Instead, Triton has decided to start working in Arizona.
“Back in March, Triton received $10 million in funding from an investor group,” said Steve Gilbert, executive director of the Paris Economic Development Corp. “The investor group owns an existing algae production facility in Arizona, so that is where production will start.”
Paris is still in line for any future expansion, either as a second production site or possibly for other products the company may make, Gilbert said.
PEDC had agreed to spend up to $250,000 in working with Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) and Texas Engineering Extension Services (TEEX) to complete a market analysis and site and facilities plan for Triton.
“We will be reimbursed 100 percent for the funding we’ve provided, which is less than $50,000, which was used for a market,” Gilbert said. “That report has been delivered to the company. I meet with the company officials this week to discuss next steps, timeline and the reimbursement.”
The Paris Regional Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary celebrates its 58th year of service. The program started in 1955 as a means to raise funds for the hospital. What started with selling gift wrapping and cakes downtown has since grown too become a very important part of Paris Regional.
The Volunteer Auxiliary continues the old tradition of fundraising with events throughout the year, including bake sales, jewelry sales, scrub sales, and book fairs. The funds raised by these events are used to support the hospital in a multitude of ways. Wheelchairs, televisions, and renovated waiting rooms are just some of the projects that have been made possible by the Volunteer Auxiliary’s efforts. Money raised also goes to help sponsor the Prescription Medicine Assistance Program.
Outside of fundraising, volunteers support the hospital and its patients in various avenues, from working registration to manning the gift shops, or providing the buttery scent of popcorn from the popcorn machine. The volunteers are glad to be of service. “I’m thankful I can do this. It helps others. We perform a needed service,” said Judy Skidmore, President of the Volunteer Auxiliary. Within the last year, the volunteers have provided 33,302 hours of service, valuing at over six hundred thousand dollars. Exceptional volunteers are recognized at an annual awards banquet.
Currently, 125 volunteers participate as members of the Auxiliary, but they are still looking for more. One can find a volunteer application and letter at either gift shop on the North or South Campus, or at http://www.parisrmc.com. For more information on the Volunteer Auxiliary program at Paris Regional Medical Center, please call (903) 737-1137.
About Paris Regional Medical Center
Paris Regional Medical Center offers some of the most comprehensive health and wellness care in Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma. Its campuses offer general acute-care services including cardiovascular, women’s health, and rehabilitation, surgical, gero-psychiatric and pediatric services. For more information, go to www.parisregionalmedical.com.
Sales are under way to clear out books, movies and other merchandise.
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The Jazzercise Paris Fitness Center in Paris, Texas is proud to announce it has achieved the coveted Premier Center designation by meeting all of Jazzercise, Inc.’s quality facility standards and customer convenience guidelines.
In order to achieve this status, the Jazzercise Paris Fitness Center was required to satisfy the following criteria:
“Our Jazzercise Premier Center locations continue to raise the bar for excellent customer service and convenience,” said Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett. “These centers set the gold standard and we hope all of our locations worldwide strive to achieve this designation.”
Benefits of becoming a Premier Center include additional marketing/customer support from Jazzercise, Inc., an expanded Web page and a special logo containing the Premier Center emblem that can be used in promotional materials.
For further information and a class schedule, go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT 903-737-8679.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. Today, Jazzercise hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries. The workout program has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall “feel good” factor.
Adjacent to Rusty Taco’s in the Towne Center Plaza at Lamar Avenue and East Loop 286 is the store being readied for Schlotzsky’s. The signage just went up, and furniture is inside as workers are getting the store prepared for opening. (eParisExtra.com photo by Charles Richards)