A crane has been setup in downtown Jasper as part of a $2.9 million project involving the Provalus building at the corner of Houston and Main Streets. The crane will be used to erect a second story to the existing structure.

To make room for the crane, the City of Jasper has had to shut down a half-block of Main Street just south of Houston Street, and the closure is expected to last for a few months.

The Jasper City Council and the Jasper Economic Development Corporation recently approved funding for the project to assist Provalus, an Alabama based information technology company which opened an office here in 2019. Hopes are that as the company grows, they will employ numerous local residents.

The construction job went to a Deep East Texas firm, Drewery Inc. in Nacogdoches.

The City of Jasper will be paying for 70% of the project, or $2,067,966.00, while JEDCO will be paying for 30% of the project, or $886,271.00.

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