Ken Becker

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.

 

Posted: 02/08/2013
Author: Ken Becker
 

In the recent Cline Shale Oil play in this region, we will see the ramp up of activity, hiring employees, housing & employee shortages and many more opportunities to address. We hope to be proactive but also realize that some things will just happen and we will need to react. It will be interesting to see...

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Posted: 06/27/2012
Author: Ken Becker
 

Sweetwater/Nolan County is very diverse in our economic base. We continue to look at ways to build on that diversity through business expansions, relocations, and recruitment. We work hard to create opportunities for local companies to grow and prosper. We build long lasting relationships and lend a helping hand to our neighbors. Here is a little bit of “GOOD News” that might lift your spirits....

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