FARMINGTON — For years, Brady Trucking has been stationed in Waterflow. But, a few months ago, the company moved to its new location on the western edge of Farmington.

On Friday, the company will celebrate its grand opening at the new location, 4000 Lomas St. in Farmington.

"We plan on expanding to be able to utilize this property to the upmost," said Terry Sterrett, operations manager.

Sterrett, who has lived most of his life in Farmington, focuses on hiring local people to work for Brady Trucking. He said he has seen the economy ebb and flow, forcing people to leave the area.

"I've hired several people who were forced to leave," Sterrett said.

Some of those people have now been able to return, he said.

Since moving to the new location about four months ago, Brady Trucking has been able to double its employees due to the additional space.

Moving to Farmington did more than just expand the business. It also placed Brady Trucking close to all the businesses it depends on, such as the repair business.

The company hauls frac sand -- sand the petroleum industry uses in the hydraulic fracturing process -- to oil fields around the area. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is essential to the local economy, Sterrett said.

"We've been fracking in this area for many, many years," he said.

Because of his involvement in the fracking industry, Sterrett said he is well-versed on the controversy surrounding the process, which pumps water and chemicals into the ground to push oil to the surface.

Sterrett said he wants the best for the environment.

"I want this to be here for my grandkids and kids to enjoy," Sterrett said.

He said the power plants in the area release pollution, yet they are still in operation.

"I would hope that in the end everyone would see the benefits of fracking," he said.

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