Success Stories

Kyser Musical Instruments

Meredith Hamlin, CEO

Splash Kingdom

Johnny Blevins, Owner

The Kickin' Mule

Richard Roach, Co-Owner

Van Zandt Abstract

Thomas Beckham, Owner

Buffalo Street Barber Shop

Christy Pryor, Owner

Our Partners

Splash Kingdom LogoSplash Kingdom

I-20 and F 859, Canton, TX

For a grand day in the water, drive no farther than Canton, Texas! Splash Kingdom, East Texas’ largest water park, is the place to be for waves, slides, thrills and chills. The family-friendly environment of the park is just one of the many unique features that sets Splash Kingdom apart from the rest. With entertainment for all ages, everyone in your family will have plenty to keep them smiling.

Seasonal employment around 100 employees full and part-time.  The City also benefits from sales tax proceeds from the park as well as hotel/motel tax generated from mid-May through mid-September due to tourism activities.

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Trinity Mother Frances Logo Trinity Mother Frances Health Systems

18780 I-20 Service Road, Canton, TX

In November 2006, Trinity Mother Frances Health system opened a new 25,000 square-foot facility in Phase I of three phases. Services provided in this facility include:

  • Trinity clinic-Canton DirectCARE medical clinic with extended hours
  • On-site Laboratory and X-ray areas
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Physical Medicine and Rehab
  • Fitness Center affiliated with Premier fitness
  • Mobile MRI
  • The Ross Breast Center

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Homemade GourmetHomemade Gourmet, Inc.

1000 Homemade Way, Canton, TX

Homemade Gourmet, Inc., is a booming dry-mix food company that relocated from Frisco, TX to Canton, TX. HGI had a big portion of the Industrial Park just south of Interstate 20 on FM 859 in Canton. They employ about 25 people.

Great opportunity for your location.

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Winning Strategies LogoWinning Strategies

1111 E. Tyler St., Canton, TX

Winning Strategies was one of the earlier successes of the Canton Economic Development Corporation. This telemarketing firm employs approximately 87.

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ACE Hardware LogoCanton ACE Hardware

221 E. Hwy 243, Canton, TX

Canton Economic Development Corporation partnered with Jerry Burns ACE Hardware for expansion and relocation of the facility now known as Canton ACE Hardware. The business has approximately 22 employees.

Millwood Cabinets Logo Millwood Cabinets

890 Industrial Drive, Canton, TX

Another partner with Canton Economic Development Corporation is Millwood Cabinets, which was one of the first companies to build with an incentive grant on the EDC Industrial Park on FM 859 in Canton, TX. The company outgrew their building and, with the help of EDC, sold it to Homemade Gourmet, Inc., then moved to their present location where they built a 16,000 square foot building that will let them continue to grow. With extended assistance, Millwood Cabinets was able to buy equipment that would enhance the business to add employees. They employ approximately 19 people and contract with an additional 10 in 2015.

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Brookshie's LogoBrookshire's

880 E Highway 243, Canton, TX

Canton Economic Development Corporation partnered with Brookshires’ Grocery in their relocation for a new and larger building on SH 243 with 36,913 square feet. Charles Beasley is the manager of the Canton store. The business has 105 employees.

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Duke's LogoDuke's Travel Plaza

21620 Interstate 20, Canton, TX

The Canton Economic Development Corporation extended a major sewer line to serve the north side of Interstate 20 between Highways 859 and 64.  The project was tied contractually to the development of Duke's Travel Plaza, which features auto and trucking fuel stations, a convenience store, a specialty jerky, and candy shop, a dog park, and 4 restaurants:  Duke's Burger & Sports Co., SweetFrog's, Taco Casa and Dukes BBQ. They employ over 75 employees.

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Denny's LogoDenny's

17400 N Interstate 20, Canton, TX

In an effort to bring chain restaurants to Canton, the Canton EDC partnered with Denny's.  They are located on Interstate 20 near local motels serving the tourism industry. They currently employ over 40 people.

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Applebee's LogoApplebee's

335 E Highway 243, Canton, TX

Applebee's was another chain restaurant recruited to Canton by the Canton EDC.  Their incentive package included utility extension and sales tax rebates. They are located in a newly-renovated Traders Square shopping Center and employ 40+ people.

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Canton Oaks LogoCanton Oaks

1901 S Trade Days Blvd.

Canton Oaks is a 120-bed skilled nursing long-term care center and rehabilitation facility.  The City of Canton is a Certified Retirement Community and the Canton EDC has established services for the retirement community as a target industry.  85 people are employed at the facility, which is located beside a new assisted living facility called Country Place Senior Living.

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Country Place Senior Living LogoCountry Place Senior Living

Country Pine Residence - 1833 S Trade Days Blvd, Canton

Country Mulberry Residence - 1835 S Trade Days Blvd.

Another partner of the Canton EDC is Country Place Senior Living, a senior living community that provides discreet assistance, as needed, while residents enjoy freedom and independence in a comfortable and stimulating environment.  Each residence has 24 suites and employs 15-19 people.

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