- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - Amid uncertainty around Intel in one of New Mexico’s largest cities, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday that a vehicle glass repair and replacement company will create 900 jobs in Rio Rancho.

Martinez said at a press conference in Rio Rancho that the Columbus, Ohio-based Safelite AutoGlass will bring new insurance claims processing and support jobs in Rio Rancho over the next four years.

Under the terms of the company choosing Rio Rancho, New Mexico will invest $3 million in Local Economic Development Act funding for infrastructure improvements to accommodate Safelite.

Safelite also will apply for the Rapid Workforce Development Fund, to help teach its workers Spanish language skills.

“We think this is a great home for our fifth insurance claims processing and support center,” said Safelite President/CEO Tom Feeney.

The announcement on Thursday is the largest number of jobs unveiled in one place during the governor’s term and comes after Intel said it would see company-wide layoffs.

Intel has a massive plant in Rio Rancho and the plant’s workforce has shrunk over the years

Earlier this month, executives with El Segundo, California-based PCM, a direct marketing technology company, said the company would add more than 200 sales positions in Rio Rancho.

The Martinez administration has made a string of private-sector employment announcements over the past month linked to more than 1,000 anticipated new jobs, at businesses ranging from a brewery in Las Cruces to a Santa Fe computer technology firm.

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