Udelhoven makes ‘home on the range’ in Rancho Grande
PAT KOPECKI —
Alaskan oil/gas service company Udelhoven continues work July 16 on a 20-acre site in the El Rancho Grande industrial park near Floresville. The site will include offices, a fabrication facility, and equipment yard.
FLORESVILLE -- Udelhoven Oilfield System Services Inc., an oil/gas services company based in Alaska, is busy constructing its offices, fabrication facility, and equipment yard in the Rancho Grande Industrial Park.
According to Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) Executive Director Tommy Baker, the facility manager said the company is spending about $1 million on the site and improvements; Udelhoven also will create about 65 jobs.
“This is an excellent example of economic development at work because local businesses are benefiting from the expenditures done on the site and there will be the creation of 65 jobs, [people] who will live in our area, buy groceries, gas, clothes, services, and pay taxes here in Floresville,” Baker said. “A true ‘ripple effect’!”
The company, according to its website, “... has served the special needs of general contracting and oil production ... for over forty years.” Udelhoven has served clients in Alaska, Washington, Texas, Georgia, Montana, Tennessee, China, Turkey, Canada, Korea, the Republic of Georgia, Bermuda, Singapore, Baku, Trinidad, Russia, and Venezuela.”
Udelhoven’s site comprises 20 acres in the 305-acre industrial park. Baker said the FEDC has only 25 acres remaining available in El Rancho Grande.
“With 12 to 14 companies actively operating in the park, the economic development success ... can be measured in millions of dollars and jobs created approaching several hundred,” Baker said.
The FEDC is completing the pre-paving work for the final paving of all internal roads in the industrial park by late September or early October, he added.