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March JPA Approves Significant Jobs Project

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This week the March Joint Powers Authority approved an agreement for AMRO Fabricating Corporation to sublease a section of the former DHL facility that will bring over 120 high paying, highly skilled jobs to Western Riverside County. Speaking on behalf of the company started by his parents 20 years ago, AMRO Vice-President Steven Riley outlined the presented plans to the commission for a Boeing contract awarded to his company after an international competition.

“My parents retired right down the road in Murrieta. The president of our company started as the receptionist. We’re a family company,” stated Riley who is proud that both his children also work for the firm.

AMRO is an acronym for “A Mike Riley Operation.”

“The March site is a perfect fit for us and especially our employees. With the history of the base, March has the perfect level of security. And because we are based in El Monte we can remain close to this expansion,” Riley said also stating that the March airport is an asset.

Riley explained that the new jobs, most of which pay between $65,000-$100,000 will be hired here in the Inland Empire, trained at AMRO’s El Monte facility, and then placed in the March facility.

“Welcome here,” Commissioner Mark Yarbrough said to Riley, “the majority of the board is doing what we are charged to do.”

The five-year contract, awarded to AMRO after a global search, includes the fabrication of a specific part for the Boeing Dreamliner aircraft. The agreement also includes 45 flights over a five-year period that is expected to have minimal environmental impact. In recent months, a contingent of Orangecrest residents have raised concerns about the March Joint Powers Authority’s general aviation plans in the wake of the DHL cargo airflight issues from 2005- 2008.

“I may have graduated from Perris High School but I can count to five,” Commissioner Yarbrough joked, “You have support here.”

Calling the AMRO deal “a good fit” Commissioner Bob Buster was joined by Commissioner Andy Melendrez who called it a “jackpot.”

“It’s a wonderful day here in Riverside County. Not only did we just approve jobs, we approved high paying jobs,” stated Commission Chairman Marion Ashley after the meeting.

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