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Business adding over 600 new jobs with help from Biden’s investments
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Business adding over 600 new jobs with help from Biden’s investments

Arizona business owner Paul Sarzoza describes how recent federal investments in semiconductor manufacturing are helping expand opportunities in related industries such as his. Thanks to such investments, Saroza anticipates creating up to 800 jobs over the next decade to support the new semiconductor fabrication plants.

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People don’t always expect to hear that the son of first-generation Mexican immigrants is now the CEO of a business that employs over 250 people. But that’s my story. I grew up in a household of migrant farm workers and spent a large portion of my childhood out in the scorching hot fields of the American Southwest, picking lettuce, cantaloupes, onions – whatever was in season. Every member of my family pitched in to make ends meet, especially after my father passed away when I was a teenager.

Seeing how poorly my father and the other workers were treated by their supervisors, I resolved from a young age to become a business owner myself. I wanted to not only treat my employees with dignity and respect, but to invest in them as people. Through hard work, I became the first in my family to go to college and soon rose through the ranks of the corporate world. Today, I’m the President and CEO of Verde Clean, a facilities services company that employs over 250 people. I have achieved that American Dream that my parents came here to seek.

The above excerpt was originally published in Arizona Capitol Times. Click here to view the full article.

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