Jasper City Council members along with Mayor Gary Gatlin joined the JEDCO staff, board members and executives from Provalus for a “soft opening” of the newly completed Provalus headquarters on Houston Street following their Monday, September 14th council meeting.
Ed Jolly, VP of Delivery for Provalus, gave the group a tour of the 20,000 square foot, two-story building showing how they intend to use the space. Eddie Hopkins, Executive Director for JEDCO, recounted to the crowd the story of how Provalus contacted Jasper back in August of 2018 and of the work put in by Jasper United to land the innovative IT Services Company. This impressive Texas headquarters for Provalus was originally the JS Pickle building built in the late 50s. The concrete slabs and steel frame serve as a great foundation for a structure that is now twice the size of the original. The interior is a modern open space with glass walled conference rooms and private workspaces. The exterior was designed to fit in with downtown and the historic Jasper County Courthouse.
At the council meeting Chuck Ruggiero, President of Provalus, presented commemorative plaques to the City of Jasper and JEDCO to mark the occasion. From the beginning the two entities joined together to form Jasper United and pooled their resources to pay for the building that will eventually house up to 200 employees. Ruggero stated that currently Provalus has 89 employees on their payroll and are projecting 110 by January of 2021.