Sept. 18–Weatherford International received their last ok for a $20 million capital expansion in Huntsville.
The Walker County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a 10 year tax abatement for the company on Monday, for the company that operates of its Linear Systems Global Support Center in southern Huntsville.
Weatherford International is one of the largest multinational oilfield service company and expect to double its employees in Walker County with the expansion.
“It looks like a good deal for both Weatherford and Walker County,” Pct. 2 Commissioner Ronnie White said.
Estimated completion date for the expansion project is Dec. 2019.
Weatherford International provides products and services for drilling, evaluation, completion, production and intervention of oil and natural gas wells, along with pipeline construction and commissioning. Headquartered in Switzerland, Weatherford operates in more than 100 countries across the globe and employs more than 35,000 people.
In other action on Monday, the commissioners approved an inter-local agreement between the county and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for a $1.5 million grant for the special prosecutions unit. The commissioners also agreed to a lease agreement between Hill and Stephenson and Walker County for the Decatur office site for the unit.
Other action taken by the commissioners include:
–Approved a line-item bid for road materials.
–Approved acceptance of a 90 percent matching grant totaling $40,974. The grant will be used to buy a new truck for the Walker County Environmental Crime Unit.
–Approved $7,350 for D&G Contractors for last payment of a new tower and wireless network at the Precinct 2 and 3 locations.
–Approved facility requests from the Huntsville Hornet Wrestling Booster Club and the Special Olympics.
The next scheduled meeting of the Walker County Commissioners Court will be Sept. 24 at 9 a.m.
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