Construction, renovation projects changing the local landscape

Steve Nash Brownwood Bulletin steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Work continues at the site of Wright Asphalt on Custer Road. The asphalt terminal is expected to be in production in May or June.

From all appearances, the opening of the Ethos Pet Nutrition company in Brownwood in 2012 has been a success story — although hardly the only one.

Ethos continues to work on the renovation of the former Texas Feathers warehouse, where Ethos is already operating a shipping facility.

Other construction projects or industrial parks include:

• United Supermarkets grocery store — nearing the end of construction, along with a convenience store, set for a mid-June opening, Brownwood Economic Development Executive Director Emily Crawford said.

United will have a “mass hiring event” in late May and will be looking to hire 200 employees, Crawford said. She said United is “very interested” in hiring college and high school students.

United has named Lynn Day, who currently works as assistant store manager in Graham, as manager of the Brownwood store, Crawford said.

Brownwood City Council members approved a financial incentives agreement from both the city and the BEDC with United Supermarkets in January 2014. The incentives are related to infrastructure and site improvements.

• Wright Asphalt — Brownwood won out over the cities of Temple, Corsicana and Snyder as the location for an asphalt terminal which is under construction on 10 acres on Custer Road.

“They are going to be in production in June, if not sooner. They are shooting for May,” Crawford said.

A rail spur and truck scales have been installed.

The terminal will supply local and state projects with asphalt, and the company will plan to build rail infrastructure and tanks, company representatives said earlier.

The asphalt terminal will have nine to 12 employees during peak summer periods and six to eight employees in the winter, the company said.

In February 2014, council members approved an incentive agreement with the company.

• Stripes fuel station and truck stop — a 6,844-square-foot facility under construction at the intersection of U.S. Highway 377 South and Crockett Drive.

The store will also include a Laredo Taco Restaurant.

The incentive will pay part of the cost of a “signalized intersection,” council members were told. 

In May 2014, council members approved an infrastructure incentive agreement.

Due to Texas Department of Transportation driveway permitting requirements, the store must use the signalized intersection as the primary entrance/exit, according to an agenda item briefing sheet. TxDOT has committed to pay for the turning lane ($70,000), and Stripes will be responsible for $133,000 worth of signal work plus driveway construction costs.

• The Waterstone — Dirt work has been under way for a gated, upscale 24-unit condominium development on Fourth Street, adjacent to the Vicksburg Retirement Center.

Initial plans were for 15 units consisting of two bedrooms and nine units consisting of three bedrooms. Owner Ron McCann has reworked the plan after realizing there is a higher demand for three-bedroom units, Crawford said.

McCann will also build some single-family units that were not part of the original plan, Crawford said.

• Lortscher Animal Nutrition — The Kansas-based company processes raw ingredients for pet food, packages and delivers the ingredients, and Ethos Pet Nutrition is among its customers, Crawford said.

The company is renovating the former Brownwood Manufacturing facility on Custer Road. Lortscher will bring in a railroad spur and will have a grain elevator and several silos.