E&R Industrial, one of Kilgore's newest employers, provides industrial equipment from janitorial supplies to machinery. Even as a new branch, the company finds itself rapidly growing ahead of others.
“We’ve had a good year,” said Ryan Campise, operations manager for the Texas area of E&R, “and everyone seems to be gearing up for a good year.” There are 4500 potential industrial customers within 100 miles, and Campise says Kilgore's central location in the East Texas manufacturing area helps both customer and workforce recruitment.
“We are very selective about our employees,” he said. “It is critical we make the right choice. In Kilgore, we have the best team.”
Composite Fluid Transfer, LLC is moving against the stream of conventional pipe development. However, they hope their bold move will bring a downpour in profits as they settle into their plant in Synergy Park of Kilgore, Texas.
The young company has spent the last 15 months perfecting a composite pipe they believe will revolutionize the water transfer industry. Throw in incentives and lease space in the industrial park from Kilgore Economic Development Corporation, and they may have a product that’s ready to flood the market.
Because the pipe is lower in weight and lower in cost than traditional HDPE, investor expectations are high for expansion.
Amanda Nobles, Kilgore Economic Development Center executive director, is looking toward a trip to California this summer with the intent of recruiting out-of-state businesses to move to East Texas.
In July, she’ll travel with other members of the North East Texas Economic Alliance, including representatives from other East Texas cities like Athens, Commerce, Mt. Pleasant, Palestine and Sulphur Springs.
According to Nobles, the group was formed late last year with the intent of attracting out-of-state businesses to the area.
Hays Cos. of Texas presented strategies to address Health Care Reform to HR and finance professionals at Region VII Service Center in Kilgore Thursday. It was a great session with more than 80 in attendance. BRE Director Lisa Denton is exploring the possibility of bringing Part 2 of the program to Kilgore.
Back in the 1800s, G.T.T. meant settlers had ‘Gone to Texas,’ fleeing to a safe haven here, still part of Mexico’s territory.
Today, state officials and economic developers hope to substitute a new ‘G’ in the motto, wooing gun manufacturers to an industrial safe haven away from recent legislation and more restrictive regulations.
“Hey PTR...Texas is still wide open for business...come on down!” Gov. Rick Perry tweeted April 12 in a public invitation to the Connecticut based rifle manufacturer.
Following the governor’s lead and gun manufacturers’ demand for new sites, Kilgore Economic Development Corporation and similar organizations in East Texas are extending their own invitations.
Surface Equipment finds the support needed to handle the mammoth project of moving a 480,000 pound slugcatcher from northeast Texas to western Oklahoma. CEO call Kilgore Economic Development Corp. and the city of Kilgore to be "very attentive."
Closure Systems International exceeded the job requirements of a two-year contract with Kilgore Economic Development Corporation to earn an incentive check of $87,500. The company retained 192 employees and created more than 25 new jobs.
Pak-Sher, a local manufacturer of food handling plastic products, earned a $17,693 reimbursement check after investing $1.5 million in new equipment at the company's headquarters on Longview St. in Kilgore.
Kilgore College is pleased to announce that its Welding Technology Program has been named a “Validated Program” by Eastman Chemical Co., Texas Operations.
The award, given by the Workforce Development Team at Eastman, assures that graduates from KC’s welding program hired by Eastman will receive higher starting pay, more frequent pay increases and additional scholarships.
Man catches 19-inch, approximately 10-pound bass in Elder Lake at Synergy Business Park.