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Stampede Meats, Lescombes among JTIP recipients


The State of New Mexico's Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) Board has awarded more than $5.5 million to 18 companies across the state – including in Las Cruces and Deming – during September and October, in support of 803 new jobs, state Economic Development Dept. Sec. Alicia J. Keyes has announced.

The September awards totaled $3.6 million for 672 trainees and one intern, with another $1.9 million for 129 trainees and one intern awarded in October. Average salaries for trainees range from $11.62 to $69.71 an hour.

The JTIP program is instrumental in attracting and retaining businesses in New Mexico. Its reimbursement for training new employees and employees who wish to improve their current job positions is a driving force for expansion of local employment, the news release said.

"JTIP is supporting new jobs in timber, meat processing, energy, robotics, food manufacturing, software and satellites," Keyes said. "These are the diverse industries that are growing and expanding in New Mexico with help from JTIP and other economic incentives. This is one way the state and lawmakers can help businesses grow and create jobs in uncertain economic times."

The awardees include:

  • Stampede Meat, Inc., Sunland Park: 377 trainees. Stampede Meat is a leading provider of portion-controlled protein solutions. Its facility in Sunland Park is the largest of the Stampede Meat facilities, with the capacity to process and prepare 100 million pounds of meat once fully staffed later this year. By June 2025, the company plans to have 1,295 full-time employees. Award: $2,192,502; Average hourly wage: $12.31. Visit https://stampedemeat.com/.
  • New Mexico Wineries, Inc. (dba Lescombes Family Vineyards), Deming: seven trainees. The Lescombes family has been crafting wine in New Mexico since their emigration from Burgundy, France in 1981. The winery crafts more than 40 different wines under many labels, including Blue Teal, D.H. Lescombes, Soleil and St. Clair. They also operate several bistros and tasting rooms, including D.H. Lescombes Winery and Bistro in Las Cruces. Award: $23,728.00; Average hourly wage: $11.62. Visit https://lescombeswinery.com/las-cruces/.