Oil and gas company, Weir, breaks ground in Midland for new facility

Weir is finally calling Midland their home. The global oil and gas company is consolidating three of their service centers in both Odessa and Midland County into a $30 million facility. 

"We bought enough land that we can expand in the future," said Weir OIl and Gas President, Paul Coppinger. "We've got the capability if we add on product lines, or we can continue to expand our busieness. We can do that on this site."  

Weir Oil & Gas expands Permian presence with new customer service center

MIDLAND, Texas - Fort Worth-based Weir Oil & Gas today broke ground on a 92,000-square foot customer service center that will be located at the David Mims Business Park on Interstate 20. The new center reflects the company's strong commitment to the Permian basin region, consolidating three existing Permian-area service center locatios into one central location.  

Anadarko to build regional office in new Midland mixed-use development

The Woodlands-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has picked out a site for its new regional office in Midland, Texas.

It will be in Westridge Commons, a new 37.5-acre mixed-use development along Andrews Highway, according to a press release from Denver-based Continuum Partners and New York-based investment firm KKR & Co. LP. Continuum and KKR - through its real estate fund, Real Estate Partners Americas I - formed a joint venture to develop the project.  

Business leaders offer input on UTPB engineering dean

Business and industry leaders in oil and gas and other stakeholders were briefed Wednesday at the CEED building on the status of the engineering program and asked for characteristics they would like to see for a College of Engineering dean at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Midland Development Corp. Chair Brent Hilliard said this is a chance to build a program from the ground up. Hilliard said he sees companies eventually competing to get interns from the program. 

GOOD NEWS: Midland Leadership helps UTPB students reach for the stars and beyond

A partnership to bring aeronautical engineering to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin was realized fully Wednesday, as President Sandra Woodley received the final gift to fund the program’s undergraduate track.

MDC gives final gift to UTPB engineering program

A partnership to bring aerospace engineering to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin was realized fully recently as President Sandra Woodley received the final gift to fund the program’s undergraduate track.

In fall 2016, UTPB started a new aerospace engineering program after getting a three-year commitment from the Midland Development Corp. and the Midland City Council. The major is mechanical engineering with a focus in aerospace engineering.

MDC OKs $5M for UTPB engineering building

The Midland Development Corp. completed two big steps in its mission to improve education Monday after it voted to approve a pair of measures affecting the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

At its monthly meeting, MDC board members unanimously greenlighted contributing $5 million toward the construction of UTPB’s engineering building, which will be built near the Center for Energy and Economic Development (CEED) in the city of Midland, and for the development of a business incubator and makerspace at the CEED.

City Council to approve $4 million in MDC expenditures

More than $4 million in Midland Development Corp. projects -- including $2 million for a highway safety project at Loop 250 and County Road 1150 -- are on Tuesday’s Midland City Council agenda.

The donation agreement, according to city documents, is meant to leverage Texas Department of Transportation funds for the construction of main lanes and interchanges at the intersection.

Other projects include:

MC dual-credit enrollment increases

Dual-credit enrollment at Midland College has increased from fall 2016, trustees learned in a presentation Tuesday at the board’s monthly meeting.

Fall 2017 enrollment for dual credit -- which allows students to earn both high school and college credits -- was 1,392 as of Tuesday. The figure is a jump from 1,116 students during the same semester last year, according to figures provided to the Reporter-Telegram.

But total enrollment was down from last fall, according to the presentation.

Texas Ranked #1 for Business by U.S. Corporate Executives

Texas has held the top business climate ranking since 1999.

Texas has the best business climate in the country, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives from Development Counsellors International (DCI). Florida is the runner up, followed by Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.