Research and Development Projects:
National Enrichment Facility
Andrews is also part of a major regional collaboration project with Lea County, New Mexico, and an international uranium enrichment company, Louisiana Energy Services (LES). The construction of the LES’s National Enrichment Facility is a $1.4 billion dollar project, which will require a broad range of services and equipment. This is by far the most significant reason to invest in Andrews. At the peak of its construction phase, 2,000 workers are expected to relocate to the Andrews and Eastern New Mexico Area. NEF broke ground in August, 2006.
Local Business Expansion Projects:
The Andrews Economic Development Program is currently working with multiple local businesses on expansion projects. Several are considering locating in the new Business Park South, while others are stand-alone expansion projects at current or new facilities.
Waste Control Specialists, LLC
(WCS) has been awarded a contract by Fluor Fernald for the storage of 11.e(2) uranium processing residues and is expanding their facility to accommodate this business. WCS is currently pursuing a license to permanently dispose of the material at its facility in Andrews County, Texas. Once all licenses are in place, WCS plans on adding approximately 100 new jobs to their workforce.
Palmer of Texas Expansion
Palmer of Texas, an existing Andrews company, recently expanded its business to include manufacturing of steel tanks and creating additional product lines. The expansion has created 30 new jobs in Andrews.