It’s been more than two years since City officials began talks with Halliburton to secure the company’s presence in Brownfield, but the wait is finally being rewarded.
Construction crews were busy this week with dirt work and other preliminary tasks to prepare the world-wide oil services giant’s new location north of the city.
Earth moving equipment could be seen leveling dozens of acres of ground, while other signs of activity were visible, including piping, survey stakes and a portable office on site.
A sign affixed to the side of the office reads “Halliburton HES Field Camp, Brownfield, Texas” followed by several safety regulations and the name of the construction company, FCI Constructors, Inc. of Glendale, Arizona.
The workers were a welcome sight for David Partlow, BIDCorp Director, who made his first call to the company in November, 2012, after hearing rumors that they intended to leave Brownfield.
“This has been a long time coming and I couldn’t be more happy to see work beginning because it confirms what I’ve believed all along — that Halliburton sees value in Brownfield and intends to remain here,” Partlow said. “There is still a lot of work to do, but this is a great first step and proves that the future is bright for our city and our economy.”
A detailed site plan for the property shows impressive growth at the facility, including numerous office buildings, workshops and garages, a truck wash, ample parking for employees and company trucks, as well as five rail spurs.
A cement plant, acid plant and mud mixing plant are included in the design, as is an eight acre, four-foot deep detention pond.
The entire 100 acre site will be fenced with landscaping in some areas along the perimeter and office areas.
Halliburton officials have been tight lipped throughout the process, but confirmed some steps along the way, such as when they purchased the 100 acre tract of land at the corner of Lubbock Hwy. and David Bailey Rd. with rail and highway access.
Since that time, the city has signed contracts with the corporation to create an Industrial District Agreement.
The agreement gives the company the advantages of annexation and generates revenue for the city without undergoing the sometimes contentious process of annexation beyond the city limits.
The project requires the construction of municipal water and sanitary sewer lines by the city to a 100 acre tract of land just north of the city limits in Hogue Industrial Park.
In return, Halliburton agreed to invest at least $40 million in the Brownfield location, including improvements to the tract, machinery and equipment and hire a minimum of 65 additional employees, however it is anticipated that those numbers will be exceeded before the five-year agreement expires.
The agreement will have the oilfield services giant paying a fee equal to 50 percent of the assessed property value in the first year, increasing to 95 percent in year eight. Thereafter, payments will be at 100 percent of the assessed property value unless renegotiated and agreed to by both parties.
Assessments will be made each year using the city’s tax rate as set by the council and using valuations from the Terry County Tax Appraisal District. Halliburton has had a presence in Brownfield since 1948 when the company opened an office here.