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.

Commissioner Craddick speaks at Roseland Oil & Gas Show

Posted: 09/18/2015
Author: sweetwater

Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick recently spoke at the Roseland Oil & Gas "West Texas Showdown" in Midland at the Horseshoe Arena. Commissioner Craddick spoke about the differences in the Permian Basin and other Shale Plays in Texas. Texas is fortunate to have Shale Plays like the Barnett, the Eagle Ford, and now Shale Plays in the Permian Basin. The main differences in the Texas Shale Plays is that the Barnett and Eagle Ford have one layered formation play and the Permian has from 10-14 layers.

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.

TSTC Ranked 7th in US

Posted: 06/22/2015
Author: sweetwater

TSTC has been ranked 7th in the nation for 2 year colleges contributions to alumni economic outcomes.

Value-added rankings measure the economic impact of colleges.

The choice of college is among the most important investment decisions individuals and families make, yet people know little about how institutions of higher learning compare along important dimensions of quality.

How Some Oil Towns are Weathering Low Oil Prices

Posted: 05/19/2015
Author: Iowa Public Television

Last summer, the price of oil began a steep decline that lasted seven months. By January, the cost of a barrel of crude oil dropped by 60 percent to just over $47. That decline undermined the boom in U.S. oil production and brought business to a crawl in some “oil towns” across the Great Plains.

But boom and bust cycles are anything but new in some parts of Texas and Oklahoma. And the oil industry--as well as local residents who depend on it--have developed innovative coping mechanisms to “thrive when the price takes a dive”.

Full Story and video:   http://www.iptv.org/mtom/story.cfm/feature/12943/mtom_20150515_4038_feature/video

Buzzi Unicem USA - Expansion Underway

Posted: 12/02/2014
Author: sweetwater

Sweetwater, Texas - Buzzi Unicem USA is pleased to announce it is implementing a major project to modernize and expand its cement production at the Maryneal Texas plant. This expansion project has an anticipated completion goal of early 2016.

According to the Project Manager Herbert Reckziegel, “this project offers a great opportunity to both the plant and the community. The intent is to construct a new cement plant doubling the capacity of the existing one, install state-of-the-art technology, save water and fuel, and reduce our environmental footprint.”

 

BNSF, developers revitalize rail yard to support growth in Permian Basin

Posted: 11/06/2014
Author: sweetwater

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 6, 2014 – Today, BNSF Railway celebrated the opening of a new $45-million logistic center in Sweetwater, Texas, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The logistic center, supported by rail, truck and transload services, will support customers across several industries, including agricultural commodities, sand, pipe and aggregate. The BNSF Logistics Center at Sweetwater is located in the northwest side of the city.

First Compressed Natural Gas Station Opens in Sweetwater

Posted: 11/06/2014
Author: CNN Money

November 05, 2014: 09:22 AM ET

amp Trillium, LLC, the joint venture between ampCNG and Trillium CNG™ (NYSE: TEG), today announced that the first public access compressed natural gas (CNG) station in the city of Sweetwater, Texas, has officially opened. Located at 9409 S I-20 Frontage Rd., the amp Trillium station will service Class-8 trucks as well as any CNG vehicle. It is the fourth of seven public fueling stations to be opened as part of a previously announced agreement with Dairy Farmers of America and Select Milk Producers to convert a portion of their diesel fleets to CNG-powered trucks.

 

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick recently spoke at the Roseland Oil & Gas "West Texas Showdown" in Midland at the Horseshoe Arena. Commissioner Craddick spoke about the differences in the Permian Basin and other Shale Plays in Texas. Texas is fortunate to have Shale Plays like the Barnett, the Eagle Ford, and now Shale Plays in the Permian Basin. The main differences in the Texas Shale Plays is that the Barnett and Eagle Ford have one layered formation play and the Permian has from 10-14 layers.