Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:45 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2013 11:23 PM
GREGORY - The town of Gregory is getting ready for a huge economic boom.
A local energy company is about to start construction on a facility that will bring thousands of jobs to the area.
A small business that just moved into town six months ago is excited about the news.
"I know there are a lot of businesses and refineries here in the area and we wanted to kind of grow gregory and the community", Teresa Turner explains.
Her and her husband Nick Turner own a car and service lot in Gregory. The Turners are an example of the business owners who have been helping the Gregory economy grow.
The energy company Cheniere will soon join their efforts in a big way by bringing a huge plant into town.
It will be a LNG plant-thats liquified natural gas. The demand for liquified natural gas in the United States has grown recently and when coupled with the huge source of natural gas coming out of the Eagle Ford Shale , officials says this is a perfect marriage.
Chenier's new LNG facility is under construction just outside of Gregory. If you visit the location on La Quinta drive it is a strip of land that goes on for about a mile and a half. Cheniere says this is where the refinery plans on taking root.
Cheniere is expected to add 3.8 to $5.2 billion to the region's economy, and the Turners hope this brings more customers for their car lot.
"I'm hoping to have some of those people come service their cars and sell their cars", Teresa Turner smiles.
There's another benefit to the city. This week officials with Cheniere met with some of the small businesses in Gregory to talk about making the community nicer and redoing the parks. Something Teresa is excited about.
"That's another thing we are excited about. We are going to clean the park up for Gregory, make it a little bit nicer, more places for the kids to play, and learn and grow".
For the Turner family and others in Gregory, great business and a nicer place for families is important.
As for what's next, if all goes as planned, construction on the LNG facility will begin in spring of next year. Construction should be completed by 2019 and the company hopes to begin the hiring process in 2016.
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