EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The annual Paragon Economic Impact Award that recognizes businesses that contribute to the Eau Claire County economy in a positive way, has announced its 2013 recipient.
This year the award goes to Hi-Crush, a sand mining company, located in the Chippewa Valley.
Hi-Crush Proppants, LLC, is the second business from the Augusta area to receive the award, within two years.
Between Hi-Crush and last year's recipient, Bush Brothers, the community has seen around 160 million dollars in investments.
“In this economy that's amazing for any community, but for a community within the 5,000 range to see that type of investment from two companies is truly an asset and benefit to the region,” said Executive Director of Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation, Brian Doudna.
Doudna also said rural areas long to see job creation and in turn a boost in the local economy.
“When you look at the rural parts of the county, income levels are lower, so what we want to do, is we want to see development, to make sure that people have the type of the life they choose, in different parts of the community,” said Doudna.
The CEO of the Texas-based company, has encountered controversy along the way, but is happy to be considered a local business.
“We want to be considered part of the fabric of the community. And we were pleased that 100-million-dollar investment we've made in Eau Claire County is recognized; the impact that is has had on creating new jobs and on the surrounding community,” said Bob Rasmus, Hi-Crush CEO.
“Every business has impacts, whether it's a manufacturing business, or frac sand industry, it's really how the company works with the community to minimize those. And from frac sand industry stand point Hi-Crush has done as excellent job in working with the County and working with the community and the town,” said Doudna.
Rasmus hopes that the award will inspire others to support Eau Claire County.
“We hope that other business step up and contribute to the growth in the area,” said Rasmus.