Claire Kowalick, Wichita Falls Times Record News
An incentive agreement to assist DuPlooy Trucking in their expansion and relocation to the Wichita Falls area is exactly what the area needs right now, said Mayor Stephen Santellana.
DuPlooy, which currently has locations in Byers, downtown in the Oil and Gas Building and a dispatch center in Oklahoma, wants to combine their offices into one main center at Highway 277 and Business 277.
DuPlooy is a mainly agricultural hauling company that operates mainly in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. It was established in 2011 and began commercial agricultural hauling in 2016.
Co-owner Matthew Wood said Tuesday during a Wichita Falls City Council meeting that business has been booming for them, especially with the close of several large trucking companies in west Texas and Oklahoma. The company wants to add 100 new jobs, including 90 trucking positions at an average salary of $35 per hour.
The company’s other owner is A.J. DuPlooy.
The Wichita Falls Economic Development Corporation (4A) unanimously approved an up to $1.334 million incentive agreement for cash-for-jobs and relocation incentives with DuPlooy.
Travis Haggard, with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the incentives are weighed more heavily on bringing in employees from outside the Wichita Falls area. He said the goal was to not “cannibalize” truck drivers and other employees from current Wichita Falls businesses, but rather bring in new people that will boost both the population and median income of the area.