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Amarillo Boasts Lowest Unemployment in Texas

Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday that October saw an increase in jobs, with the Amarilo area having the lowest unemployment rate in the state.

West Texas A&M University Makes History in Amarillo

West Texas A&M University is changing the landscape of Amarillo with the creation of a permanent campus in the heart of the city. The newAmarillo Center will be located in the Commerce Building at 8th Avenue and South Tyler Street, a central location that allows for future expansion.  

WT Enterprise Center Receives Excellence in Economic Development

WT Enterprise Center received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2015 project in the category of Regionalism & Cross-Border Collaboration for communities with populations of 25,000-200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Monday, October 5, during the 2015 IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 4-7, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Forbes Names Amarillo Second in Texas’ Best Small Places

The City of Amarillo was recently named second in Forbes Magazine’s Best Small Places for Business and Careers for the state of Texas in 2015.

WTAMU Graduate Program Earns Top Honors in National Ranking

The West Texas A&M University graduate business program has been recognized as the top program in the latest rankings by Best Value Schools. The Master of Science in Finance and Economics was ranked number one in the online master’s in economics program category for the 2015 rankings.

GRI pledges $41M to build Amarillo wind energy parts plant

The Spanish company hoping to build its first U.S. wind energy parts manufacturing plant in Amarillo operates 10 such factories in six countries around the world. GRI Renewable Industries has pledged to invest $41 million to build an Amarillo plant that would employ at least 300 people and make about 400 wind towers a year.

Hilmar Cheese to increase capacity by 20 percent

In August, Hilmar Cheese announced it was expanding its capacity by 20 percent, pushing production to more than 1 million pounds of cheese per day. On Wednesday, the company said it will increase capacity at its Dalhart facility by another 20 percent. “We currently process about 220 truckloads of milk each day. This will increase capacity by 40 truckloads per day,” said Denise Skidmore, director of education and spokeswoman for the company. The company completed its most recent expansion this year. Hilmar started building the plant near Dalhart in 2005 and went into production in 2007. It has expanded several times since then, doubling production in 2010 and adding capabilities since then, like enhancing water conservation and recycling. Work on the expansion should be finished next year. The cost of the construction is confidential, but Skidmore said in August the company had invested more than $250 million since it began the plant. “Texas continues to be a great place to invest in cheese processing with plenty of available milk and a very stable, regulated milk pricing environment,” said David Ahlem, chief operating officer.

Boeing, Bell eye up to 100 more sales of V-22 Osprey

Boeing Co (BA.N) and Bell Helicopter, makers of the V-22 Osprey, say more countries are interested in buying the tiltrotor aircraft, with another 100 sales possible in coming years.

Gestamp Renewable Industries Announces Plans for Facility in Amarillo

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that GRI Renewable Industries, the industrial wind division of Spanish-based Gonvarri Steel Industries, plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Amarillo, Texas. The plant, which will manufacture renewable wind energy components, is projected to create over 300 new jobs and $41 million in capital investment in the State of Texas. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $1.85 million has been extended to GRI.