The Levelland Economic Development Corporation held their annual Industrial Appreciation Luncheon Thursday.
During the luncheon Pipeline Plastics was recognized as business of the year. They were recognized for their planned expansion in the Rail Park. The company recently announced the expansion which will add multiple extrusion lines to their Levelland operation highlighted by a high capacity extrusion line with the ability to produce High Density Polyethylene pipe. With the expansion Pipeline Plastics’ facility in Levelland will be the largest producer of polyethylene pipe in the United States. The expansion is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
The annual report was given by Levelland EDC Director, David Rushing. He reported that a recent survey of sales tax collected in Levelland indicated that 20% of all sales tax collected in Levelland comes from the Levelland Industrial Rail Park. The rail park which was constructed in 2013 had 1,816 rail cars through the park in 2013 and as of September 30, 2018, 6,417 rail cars went through the park this year. Unemployment in Levelland in 2013 was at 4.9% and currently in 2018 is at 3.0%.
The Levelland EDC also recognized all of the businesses in the Industrial Rail Park including Independent Electric, Butch’s Rathole and Anchor Service, Allied Oilfield, Titan Transloading, Pipeline Plastics, Penny Newman Grain, Norton Drilling and Hampton Farms Peanut Processing, as well as the automotive dealerships across from the rail park on Highway 114 including, John Roley Autocenter, Smith South Plains, South Plains Autoplex and Scoggin Dickey.