Chance Barr of Barr Fabrication in Brownwood was elected last week as the new chair for the Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board in Abilene. Barr replaces Dave Dalzell, who served as chairman for the last two years.

“As board chair, I will conduct business in a way that is beneficial to both employers and employees in our region,” Barr said. “It is my hope that we will grow stronger as a region by continuing to open the lines of communication between businesses, education, economic development and the workforce.”

Barr, who grew up in Grand Prairie, is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. From SFASU, Barr earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in marketing.

In 2003, Barr joined Barr Fabrication as an owner with his father. The company, deeply rooted in the wind energy industry, specializes in components for wind towers and turbines. Originally located in Cross Plains, the company moved to Brownwood in 2005.

In the same year, the company started BF Transportation naming Barr the leader of the division. In addition to these responsibilities, Barr is an owner in the Barr Fabrication Field Services and a management company, McDermett Milner.

Outside of his many business responsibilities, Barr also serves on the board of directors for the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce. He has two children with his wife, Leslie; a 5-year-old son and 12-week-old daughter.

The Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board is one of 28 boards in Texas charged with oversight and policy-making responsibility for workforce and training programs in a 19-county region.

Other board representatives elected at the Aug. 19 board meeting were Tim Manley of Coleman, vice-chair; and Steve Cunningham, senior vice-president with First Financial Bank, secretary-treasurer.