There's now hope for an economically depressed region of the panhandle.
In Northwest Jackson County, a new company is bringing badly needed good paying jobs to Graceville.
Rex Lumber is hiring people not only from northwest Florida, but also Southeast Alabama.
Opening about a year ago, Rex Lumber is considered one of the most modern lumber mills in the country. The yellow pine wood coming from the factory is used nationwide in the housing industry.
Several Graceville city officials feel Rex Lumber will serve as a catalyst for other companies looking to set-up shop in Northwest Jackson County.