As Texas grows by thousands of residents each week, businesses and industries are expanding their operations and building facilities. Here is a sampling of recently announced East Texas expansions.
Mineola – Metal building and metal roofing component manufacturer ETAS, which opened in 2006, has announced plans to hire up to five more full-time workers at its soon-to-be expanded facility. The company announced plans in February 2012 to double the size of its current operations by July, adding 14,500 square-feet. ETAS’ current workforce is 14.
Longview – Mesquite-based Dallas Plastics has expanded its manufacturing operations to Longview with a $5.8 million investment that will create 65 new jobs by 2017. The company bought an existing 55,000-square-foot building on four acres. The Longview Economic Development Corp. approved an incentive package worth up to $500,000. The company was paid $200,000 when it occupied the building and will receive the balance over a five-year period upon meeting job creation and investment requirements.
Tyler – Midland-based Reef Services, which provides services for oilfield production, opened a distribution facility in October 2011. The initial 25-person workforce is expected to expand to 75 by 2013. Reef Services received a five-year tax abatement from Smith County Commissioners for its $6 million investment.
Woodville – German Pellets Texas, a division of Europe’s largest wood pellets manufacturer, plans to invest $100 million to open a manufacturing facility in Tyler County at a former wood chip mill. The plant is expected to create up to 250 direct and indirect jobs and produce 500,000 tons of wood pellets annually. The Tyler County Court of Commissioners approved a 10-year tax abatement on improvements starting at 90 percent, then reducing by 10 percent annually.
For more information, visit the Office of the Governor; Economic Development and Tourism Division, Longview Economic Development Corporation or Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center.