THOMSON (WIFR) – More jobs may soon be opening up at another long-awaited project – Thomson Prison.
Today it was revealed Donald Hudson will be warden of the prison. This is the first step in getting senior staff in order before opening up positions for the rest of the prison. Over $50 million in federal funding was set aside earlier this year to start getting closer to activating Thomson Prison.
“So we're talking about, when this is all said and done, 1100 permanent jobs, good-paying jobs, and we're talking about a $200 million dollar annual economic impact in the northwestern region of our state,” said Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-17th District).
A bill in the Senate for fiscal year 2015 is currently underway including another $58 million for Thomson that could be used for upgrades or staffing. Opening up the prison is expected to take two years.