Big Spring EDC Could Decide on Railpark Today 5/21/13
May 21, 2013
An unassuming piece of land next to the oil refinery is actually part of a fierce battle for a rail park.
Two companies, Frontier Logistics and Express Midstream are bidding for the three hundred acre patch of land owned by the EDC. The EDC says the land will be used for a rail park which could bring over one hundred jobs to Big Spring
"Both companies are very reliable...very capable of doing this project," said Terry Wegman of the EDC.
Frontier logistics has been in operation for 25 years. The company which is based out of Houston includes a rail park next to the Port f Houston. They say their access to the port and capitol makes them the ideal candidate.
"We think by having a rail park we can bring industrial businesses that could facilitate long term development," said John Vossler, the Executive Vice President of Frontier Logistics.
A simple web search of Express Midstream reveals little information on the company. Carl Beach, the founder, says the company is new but his business partners from realty groups and rail companies make his company the best suited to run the rail park.
"It's a new company but we have experienced partners and we feel we are the prime candidate to bring growth," Beach said.
Frontier Logistics says they are frustrated that the bidding has dragged out and say they could have started development of a rail park months ago.
Terry Wegmans admits the process has been dragged out but he says that's because Frontier Logistics began bidding in December while Express Midstream began negotiations last September. He says the EDC was giving Frontier Logistics adequate time bid.
"We gave them 90 days to put their proposal together which put us at the end of March and then both companies presented in April," Wegman said.
The EDC meeting will begin at 5:15 pm.