Paul Nelson
Channel 2 News

The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada says more than 1,000 jobs have already been created this year, as more businesses move to our area. That's the largest total in five years.

Lambertson Industries is a manufacturing plant, in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, and it is the newest company to move to our area, from out of state.

"We make stainless steel sinks," Lambertson President and Owner Jason Weiss said. "So, in other words, if you have a sink in your house, it may be made by us."

Weiss has about 20-years of experience in the steel industry and relocated from California to purchase the business. The company already has about 25 employees, with plenty of room to grow, putting people back to work.

"We're going to literally add 25 jobs, nearly imminently," Weiss said. "I say two years but it's going to be much quicker that and then we're probably going to get north of 80 jobs, in the next four years."

Mike Kazmierski is the president and CEO of EDAWN and he says this business is exactly what he's looking for, generating more than $62 million in economic impact, in the next five years.

"We're starting to see more and more activity, and when we bring these kinds of companies in, they come in, especially the small ones, and they grow," Kazmierski said. "So, they tend to be bigger than they initially announce."

Expecting many more small businesses to leave California for the Silver State, largely because of our business-friendly tax structure.

"There are reasons to leave California, but more importantly, there are reasons to be here," Kazmierski said. "We've got a great location, quality of life, our workforce here is excellent."

"With the university here, with the other companies here, it's very educated, and pulling from those people is a huge plus," Weiss said.

Lambertson is just one of many new businesses coming to the area with 300 to 400 new jobs expected in the next two or three months.

"What it shows is that we're continuing to get traction in the manufacturing sector," Kazmierski said. "A corporate headquarters is exciting because you have higher paid executives that decided Reno is the place they want to grow their company."

"We're thrilled," Weiss said. "This is a very exciting day. I mean, everyone at Lambertson is thrilled. The area should be really excited, we're going to be doing some exciting things."

The number of jobs these small businesses created might not seem like much when you compare it with the 25,000 people that are out of work, in our area. But EDAWN says, together, small businesses will start to chip away at the unemployment rate. They actually expect a 50% jump in job numbers this year, with another 50%, on top of that, the following year.