Brownwood won out over the cities of Temple, Corsicana and Snyder as the location for an asphalt terminal which will be built and operated by Houston-based Write Asphalt, company representatives said Tuesday in Brownwood.
Doug Goodson, president of the company, and Randy Christian, director of business development and supply, discussed the company's plans for Brownwood Tuesday morning as city council discussed in executive session an infrastructure agreement for the company.
Council members returned into open session and approved a $250,000 three-year incentive. The incentive is contingent on the company meeting goals including completion of the plant and job retention. The company anticipates an $8.75 million investment, Brownwood Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Emily Crawford said.
The company has a contract on 10 acres of property at 1505 Custer Road, across from where an asphalt terminal operated by Coke Industries had been located in the 1990s, Goodson and Christian said.
The terminal will supply local and state projects with asphalt, and the company will build rail infrastructure and tanks.
The asphalt terminal will have nine to 12 employees during peak summer periods and six to eight employees in the winter, Goodson said.
"These jobs are pretty strong paying jobs" and "technical in nature," Goodson said.
Goodson said the company spent the past couple of years on site selection and decided on Brownwood because of its geographic location and its history with the earlier asphalt plant.
"It's not a stretch for us to just step right in," Goodson said. "This is a great fit for us and our people."
Christian said the company is "green" and turns old tires into asphalt. The company can produce a product that is "90 to 95 percent green" for a client that desires that, Christian said.
Wright Asphalt has locations in 26 states throughout the south-central and southwestern United States, Goodson said.