FREMONT — Telecommunications construction company MasTec Inc. is the latest new business to move into Sandusky County.
The Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation announced Thursday MasTec are the new occupants of a previously vacant Fremont industrial building located at 800 Hagerty Dr.
Bob Gross, Fremont’s economic development director, told the News-Messenger last week MasTec wants to move in equipment and start hiring within the next couple of weeks, with a goal of being up and running by June 1.
The company plans to create 40 new jobs, with aerial and underground labor positions starting at $20 an hour, and experienced linemen making up to $35-40 hour, according to the SCEDC.
Proximity to Toledo was a plus
Beth Hannam, Sandusky County’s economic development director, said James Fillar, MasTec’s operations manager, really liked the Hagerty Drive building and Fremont’s close proximity to Toledo.
“He had looked at locations in Toledo. The cost and conditions of some of those locations were not up to par,” Hannam said Thursday.
MasTec is a Coral Gables, Fla.-based company with offices across North America.
The company serves the telecommunications industry, including Verizon, AT&T, Frontier and Charter Communications.
Hannam said MasTec didn’t look for economic incentives to open a location in Fremont and conducted its own public search, which resulted in them looking through the SCEDC website and ultimately choosing the Hagerty Drive site.
She said that showed the importance of SCEDC having updated information on its website
In a release, Fillar said the company’s Fremont location will generally serve the Toledo market.
He said the company has built a reliable distribution network that can reach majority of its potential market and it has devoted a lot of resources to training and employee development.
Impact of Fiber optic service
The company’s fiber optic construction is a complex and lengthy process and can take three to 12 months to complete, depending on the length of the circuit, terrain and soils, weather, and other external factors.
“Our company has provided reliable fiber internet to local governments, businesses, schools, and residencies. By connecting rural communities, we have opened the door for the use of precision agriculture, provided more work-from-home opportunities, and encouraged urban-to-rural migration by offering access to services, entertainment, and education that rural residents might have traditionally looked to urban areas to provide,” Fillar said. “Our fiber internet service has directly impacted sustained infrastructure for future technologies.”
Hannam said MasTec’s entrance into Sandusky County would provide potential connections between the company, Terra State Community College’s construction technology program and the new telecommunications technician program at Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers.