MORIARTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Landing a big name company means others take notice. Google has started moving into Moriarty and it looks like other companies may be right behind it.
“This is a great day for New Mexico,” Secretary of Economic Development Jon Barela said Tuesday.
Things are looking, and moving, up in Moriarty.
“It shows how much more competitive our state has become,” Barela said.
With tech giant Google moving in, more companies are looking to do the same.
“Rural towns don’t get this type of thing very often,” Mayor Ted Hart said.
Google bought Titan Aerospace in Moriarty this April. Titan makes solar-powered drones as an inexpensive alternative to satellites. Google is looking to use them to bring internet access to remote parts of the world. The company is already building one of two new hangars and now other businesses are taking notice. The state says other aerospace companies are now planning on moving to Moriarty, too. Barela says that wasn’t the case a few years ago.
“There is a growing pipeline of companies looking at New Mexico to expand or relocate,” Barela said.
Though no one has been named, officials say it will bring a lot of jobs.
“200 new jobs and of course the spinoff businesses this will create so also there will be other jobs,” Hart said.
At May Pharmacy in Moriarty, Mike Lyons and his coworkers are also listening.
“Ever since it was first announced, people have been talking about it,” Lyons said. “It’s good news! More people working, more people living out here.”
The state will pump in $1 million for now to get things moving and Google is looking at spending at least $15 million.
“The domino effect that will occur with jobs will be phenomenal,” Barela said.
Some of those funds will be used to beef up water and sewage lines to support the projected expansion. Google has 3 dozen or so people working in Moriarty already. Moriarty’s airport is the third busiest in the state and is home to more than 130 planes. The state says the area will gain those 200 jobs over the course of five years. Officials say the jobs will be high-paying but wouldn’t be specific.