The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) has announced that the Levelland Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is the Category II (population 5,001 to 15,000) 2014 Community Economic Development Award (CEDA) winner for its Butch’s Rat Hole and Anchor Service (Butch’s) project. The award will be presented at a special awards luncheon to be held Thursday, October 2nd at the TEDC’s Annual Conference at the Omni Houston Hotel in Houston, Texas.
The Community Economic Development Awards program recognizes exceptional contributions of TEDC member cities toward the economic vitality of their communities and the state of Texas through creativity, leadership, and partnership in the achievement of business retention, business recruitment and community improvement.
Butch’s Rat Hole & Anchor Service (Butch’s) approached the Levelland Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) to retain and expand its oil and gas service operation in Levelland, Texas. Founded in Levelland in 1980, L.D. (Butch) Bryant began with two (2) employees and a single rat hole truck and through the ups and downs of the oil field has grown today to over 700 employees, offices in five (5) states, service area of fourteen (14) states, and is positioned in the most active and fastest-growing oil and gas fields throughout the United States. As the corporate headquarters for Butch’s national operation the LEDC through its business retention and expansion program identified the opportunity to assist in a local operations expansion and corporate headquarters retention.
Butch’s, in April 2014, broke ground on Phase 1 of a $2,000,000 expansion at its Alamo Road yard. The LEDC granted seventeen (17) acres of land in the Levelland Industrial Rail Park (Rail Park) adjacent to its existing yard. Phase 1 of the expansion has included construction of a manufacturing facility to construct, repair and store its rat hole trucks, truck barn for an affiliated company, Butch’s Trucking, wash bay capable of handling 18 wheel tractor trailers, and other ancillary facilities. With the pending completion of Phase 1, Butch’s has begun planning its Phase 2 expansion at its Alamo Road yard; which includes additional office and training space for its Levelland operations, safety personnel, and fleet management.
Butch in his commitment to Levelland additionally agreed to maintain its corporate headquarters and personnel in Levelland, Texas for a period of five (5) years. At Butch’s corporate headquarters, which is located in Downtown Levelland, they acquired and razed the derelict building adjacent to its corporate headquarters. Additionally, Butch’s leased office space across the street on Austin Avenue to accommodate its job creation within its corporate headquarters, Phase 3 of the expansion will include constructing additional corporate office space on the adjacent site.
“Levelland is extremely proud of Butch’s and its commitment to Levelland,” noted Shawn Kirkpatrick, LEDC Executive Director. “Butch and his team have partnered with the LEDC to enhance our economy through capital investment and job creation. “
The CEDA committee received applications from 23 member communities. Nominees were then judged on five criteria: innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives, and secondary benefits.
Communities nominated included: Category I (population less than 5,000) – Lindale, Nocona and Tye. Category II (population 5,001 to 15,000) – Bonham, Cameron and Levelland. Category III (population 15,001 to 40,000) – Bay City, Copperas Cove, Farmers Branch, La Porte, Little Elm, Palestine, Rosenberg and Southlake. Category IV (population 40,001 to 100,000) – Longview and Victoria. Category V(a) (100,001 to 250,000) – Frisco, Houston-Greenspoint District and Round Rock. Category V(b) (250,001 and Above) Austin, Katy Area, San Antonio, and Williamson County.
The CEDA recipients in the five population categories are:
Category I (250,000) Katy Area
“Our Community Economic Development Award is one of the ways in which our organization honors the excellent work done by our communities, their leaders, and their economic development professionals,” noted Rusty Brockman, 2014 Chair of the Texas Economic Development Council. “Each community nominated achieved excellence in economic development and substantially improved the economic base of their respective regions. The recipient communities in each population category were recognized for extraordinary accomplishments in meeting the criteria set forth in the nomination process.”
Levelland Economic Development Corporation
The Levelland Economic Development Corporation is a Type A Economic Development Corporation focused on business retention & expansion, attraction & recruitment, workforce development, small business development & entrepreneurialism and community development. The LEDC is here to “Strengthen Levelland’s economy through creative and cooperative economic development initiatives.”
(Credit: Shawn Kirkpatrick, Levelland EDC Director)