Despite Recession New Jobs Headed to Odessa

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

In just a few months new workers will be pouring into Odessa. After some negotiation, the one million dollar deal with Lufkin oilfield manufacturing company is tentatively back on.

They're planning to build a new plant and employee training center pending approval from the Lufkin attorneys. If it goes through, the project would bring about 90 new jobs to the city. But Lufkin isn't the only new operation coming to town.

NewsWest9 has learned that National Oil Well Barco will build a brand new plant, bringing in almost 100 new jobs. Odessa development officials say this project creates new hope for our local oil and gas industry.

"Even though we're in a down market in the oil and gas business, We've got one of our majors that are coming back and spending millions of dollars here in Odessa to build a new facility to handle future growth and future activity," Gary Vest of the Odessa Development Corporation said. 

The National Oil Well facility will sit on fourteen acres in the Industrial Park area off Interstate 20. These companies are planning to hire their workers from right here in the Basin. They'll begin construction in March with hopes of being operational before the end of the year.