Ken Becker

Wind Farm Sitting and Encroachment to Military Bases

Posted: 08/26/2016
Author: Ken Becker

Sheppard Air Force Base is concerned about the potential wind farms being located in their flight path training area. Other concerns included the affect wind farms have on radar and the Air Force's ability to see and communicate with all aircrafts, military and civilians. Dyess AFB representatives talked about the fact they worked with Taylor County Commissioners and potential developers up front to create a compromise that was acceptable to both sides. FPL accually moved a development location to accommodate Dyess.

Press Release: Tesla Charging Station in Sweetwater

Posted: 08/25/2016
Author: Ken Becker

Sweetwater, Texas: Tesla Motors, manufacturer of electric vehicles, has installed 8 "Supercharger" stations in the parking lot of Holiday Inn Express at 300 SE Georgia, Sweetwater, TX. These "Supercharger" stations will charge a Tesla Model S at 80% in 40 minutes or at 100% in 75 minutes. Sweewtater and Cisco are the only "Supercharge" stations between Dallas and North of Tuscan AZ on the southern route. "Destination" charging stations in the West Texas region include Abilene, Pecos, and El Paso. Tesla is looking for location partners for their "Destination" charging stations.

SEED Agenda 2.8.16

The Board of Directors of the Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development, Inc., of Sweetwater, Texas, will meet in regular session on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 10:30 AM, at the SEED offices (Chamber Board Room – 1st Floor) located at 810 E. Broadway, Sweetwater, TX.

SEED Agenda 11.9.15

The Board of Directors of the Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development, Inc., of Sweetwater, Texas, will meet in regular session on Monday, November 9, 2015, at 10:30 AM, at the SEED offices (Chamber Board Room – 1st Floor) located at 810 E. Broadway,  Sweetwater, TX.

 

Posted: 10/07/2015
Author: Ken Becker
 

Sweetwater and Nolan County have been fortunate to have the railroad pass through our community.  Early in the 20th Century, passenger trains would stop in downtown Sweetwater near Oak Street for commerce.  In recent times, it seemed like “going through” was the only thing they did.  Other than what Buzzi, USG, and GP used, that is about all they did was to “pass through”.  That was before the growth of industries like wind and oil & gas.

 

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Posted: 09/11/2015
Author: Ken Becker
 

Logistics: Highways and Railways; Part 1- Highways

 

As we see our national and state economies continue to rebound from the most recent recession, we are seeing more and more traffic on the highways. Based on traffic count numbers from 2013, provided by TXDOT, our average daily traffic count at exit 244 is 20,189 with approximately 34% of those being semi tractor/trailers. TXDOT is already projecting that by 2033, the number will rise to 28,260.

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Vulcan Materials - BNSF Logistic Center Location

Posted: 09/11/2015
Author: Ken Becker

Sweetwater, Texas; Vulcan Materials Company has acquired a location in the BNSF Logistic Center in Sweetwater, Texas. Vulcan (NYSE:VMC) is North America’s leading producer of construction aggregates, which consist of primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel.

Buzzi Unicem USA - Project Update

Posted: 09/11/2015
Author: Ken Becker

Sweetwater, Texas - Buzzi Unicem USA is pleased to report that the major project to modernize and expand its cement production at the Maryneal Texas plant remains on schedule for anticipated completion by early 2016.

USA Rail Terminal announces Eskota Road Rail Terminal

Posted: 03/19/2014
Author: Ken Becker

Sweetwater, Texas; Eskota Road Rail Terminal planned to open near Sweetwater, Texas
USA Rail Terminals announces the planned opening of “Eskota Road Rail Terminal” located to serve the Cline Shale, Wolfcamp and the Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin. It is the only rail terminal location in West Texas that has the unique capability of accessing two Class 1 railroads, the BNSF and the UP! Located 5 miles east of Sweetwater, Texas and north of Interstate 20 on Eskota Road, this location is one of a kind for West Texas.

Cline Shale Catalyst for Nolan County Forward Planning

Posted: 02/20/2013
Author: Ken Becker

After a recent SEED Board Meeting, SEED staff and SEED President Art Maberry were in discussion concerning the sellout of all the acreage in the existing Sweetwater Business Park and where do we go from here.  Art stated “wouldn’t it be nice to have all the taxing entities in Nolan County meeting together to help form the look of Nolan County and our future!”  With that statement, the Nolan County “Think Tank” / Forward Planning Committee was started.  Art directed the SEED staff to organize and facilitate a planning session with the different entities.  The core group included Nolan County, the Mayors & City Managers from Roscoe and Sweetwater, school Superintendents’ from Highland, Roscoe, Blackwell, & Sweetwater along with representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Bitter Creek Water Supply, RPMH, TSTC West Texas, Nolan County Foundation, Sweetwater Industrial Foundation, and SEED staff.