Stimulus means more than just jobs for SRS

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email
Scott Stephens

Scott Stephens of Beam's Contracting says his company's next big project will be adding a lane to the road near the Savannah River Site entrance at the New Ellenton barricade. SRS is receiving more than $50 million in stimulus money. (July 21, 2009 WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 6 o'clock; July 21, 2009

AIKEN CTY, S.C. --- Thousands of you lined up, hoping to land a job at SRS. But it's not just those people seeing a big effect from the stimulus package. Money -- and lots of it -- is being pumped into local school and businesses too.

SRS plans to hire or save about 3,000 positions in the coming months. Outside the site though, new jobs are popping up too.

We're talking about $50 million in stimulus dollars and most of it is being funneled right back into our local economy, to help some struggling in this economy.

Racking in any work these days for Scott Stephens and his team at Grade South Construction is a big plus. "You get a paycheck to go home and go to the mall," he says.

That is something the Stephens' family may not have been doing as much as they'd like to lately, with a slowing construction industry. "We'd be nervous where the next job was going and where our next employer was going to be working at," says Scott.

That next job is coming at the Savannah River Site, as his team is plowing the way for a new lane for people to get on the site. "This has been very good for us."

The site tells us they are working on adding a lane to the entrance to the New Ellenton barricade because of all the new employees coming to the site. The work is actually providing Scott's company with more than $200,000. Better yet, with all the added work they are doing -- including other partially funded stimulus jobs on the site -- they have added 3 new employees to their company as a result.

"To hire the willing workers out there, it's nothing but good for us," says Scott.

It's more money in their pockets, jobs for the unemployed at the site, on top of jobs and money for the local economy. It's all a sign things could be turning around.

Scott adds things have been turning around the past couple of months with more job sites lining up, asking for work. Out of the $50 million or so for small businesses, 75% of it is staying right here in our area.


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