Seguin-Based Oil and Gas Manufacturer at it Again
Tank Partners Diversifies Operations to Keep Employees Working Amid the Decline In Gas Prices

Last month the Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) SEDC staff hosted their Annual Business Appreciation Luncheon to thank those partners for their dedication to our city's present and future economic growth.  During the event, the SEDC recognized five local companies who continue to make an impact in our community.
One of these recipients was Tank Partners who was awarded the 2015 Small Business of the Year. Throughout 2015, Tank Partners proved to be a strong company taking innovative routes to securing new business ventures and highlighting the importance of manufacturing and job creation within the South Central Texas region. The SEDC is proud to announce that the Tank Partners is at it again- their innovativeness and drive to be successful has only intensified in 2016.

As most folks in Texas know, the oil and gas industry revolves around its boom-and-bust cycles. However, this Seguin-based manufacturer specializing in oil and gas storage tanks, made a decision to expand and diversify their capabilities - allowing them to keep their doors open regardless of what the market is doing. Tank Partners, once again proving to be an innovative company, is adapting to keep employees working amid the decline in gas prices.

" Many companies who specialize in production equipment for the oil and gas industry have mothballed their facilities or have filed for bankruptcy. Not Tank Partners. By expanding our capabilities we can ease the pain during a depressed market and keep our doors open. However, when the market changes, we can quickly and easily switch gears and ramp up our oil and gas manufacturing," said Mike Smith, Tank Partners Chief Operating Officer.

Tank Partners has signed deals with Buffalo Armory, LLC , Intelligent Building Systems International (IBSI) and Freight Farms that will bring 60 to 85 skilled labor positions to Seguin. 

On Tuesday, September 20th at 1 P.M. local dignitaries were invited to check out the facility and speak with the company executives. At the event, Seguin City Council members, Seguin's law enforcement and Mayor Don Keil received demonstrations from both companies at the Tank Partners facility.

Buffalo Armory, LLC produces one of the world's most durable armor solutions that has won the praise of first responders for its reliability and proven stopping power from a wide range of high velocity weapons, including IED fragments. Buffalo Armory President and CEO, Major General John Batiste, US Army (Retired) will be on hand for interviews with the media.

"We are excited about our recent collaboration... to provide the best ballistic and blast protection in prefabricated buildings... for deploying structures into volatile and uncertain environments," said Batiste.

Tank Partners will manufacture active shooter kits for first responders to keep in their patrol cars. They can easily have the body gear they need to save lives in a life-or-death situation.  They will also manufacture armor for vehicle and buildings.

Freight Farms produces 'Leafy Green Machines' which are basically farms-in-a-box.  These shipping containers contain everything needed to farm one acre of produce every 6 to 8 weeks. Tank Partners will be their newest manufacturing partner.

This event showcased different companies working together for a common goal- trying to get as many as 85 people back to work. The SEDC would like to extend a large thank you to Tank Partners for their undeniable mission to make our community a better place- this is what "real" Seguin is all about. 

Making History in Seguin
Community Gathers to Celebrate Opening of  New Seguin Public Library


September is a month that will forever go down in history for Seguin, Texas.



"We've been working on getting a new library for Seguin for over 10 years," said Seguin Public Library Director, Jacki Gross. "The original library was a wonderful setting. It served its purpose well, but it was built in the 60's, added onto in the 80's and the infrastructure can't handle the technology that people are demanding now."

The city conducted an extensive search before settling on the new library's location. The state-of-the-art facility sits near the center of town, right on the Walnut Branch and the hike/bike trail that runs through town.



The old library was around 15,000 square feet, in comparison to the new library which sits at over 40,000 square feet. Paid for through a 2013 voter-approved bond package, the new library holds more computers, more books and has more space to welcome people for meetings and classes. Located in the heart of Seguin, the new library also has a children's center with a story room overlooking Walnut Branch, two terraces with outdoor seating, and a technology lab on the second floor.


The technology inside the library is just one of the aspects that qualifies this remarkable as state-of-the-art. The structure itself is currently under review for a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (http://www.usgbc.org/projects/seguin-public-library?view=overview). According to the LEED website, "LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money."


To celebrate the grand opening of this remarkable addition to our community, the City of Seguin hosted a very special three-day celebration that started Thursday, September 8th and ended Saturday, September 10th. "It was incredible to see people's reactions when they walked inside the building that many of them have admired for months during construction. Now, they get to discover all of the news books, technology and programs we're going to offer. This library is a game changer for Seguin," said Morgan Ash, Public Information Officer.

 
The Grand Opening kicked-off with a night consisting of a formal dedication, a presentation of the American Flag (Woodmen of the World), speeches from Mayor Don Keil and Assistant State Librarian Gloria Marez, a ribbon cutting, refreshments, performances from a cellist and two violinists from the Mid-Texas Symphony, self-guided tours starting and craft activities for children. The celebration continued into Friday with more self-guided tours and another special treat for children looking for an adventure- the Discovery Dome. This exhibit, made available by the Texas Museum of Science and Technology, allowed children to embark on an adventure into outer space, right here in Seguin, Texas.  The inflatable, mobile planetarium let young learners experience astronomy by showing them planets, stars and constellations that are visible in the sky.


The three-day celebration was wrapped up on Saturday, with more fun activities throughout the library, more self-guided tours, and lots of laughs stemming from Matt Sandbank's Shadow Factory Puppet Show that enlivened imagination and awoke a sense of wonder in audiences of all ages. The celebrations concluded with a couple of hours of relaxation, reading and enjoying great jazz music from the Dirty River Dixie Band.


Since the Grand-Opening, there has been a constant presence of Seguin residents and visitors enjoying the library.  Whether they're reading, studying with their classmates, researching, or just there enjoying each other's company- the library-goers seem to be reveling in all that the new library has to offer.


"We want it to be a gathering place for the community, definitely," Gross said.

The new Seguin Public Library is an outstanding testament to what this can community can create when it comes together. When our community began fantasizing of a new public library ten years ago, dreams of a facility this extraordinary, this modern, this serene could not have been possible. This facility will be a place for meeting, gathering, learning and inspiring for years to come.


"This is the center of our city; it's the heart of our culture here," said Mayor Don Keil.


All photos courtesy of the Seguin Gazette- Felicia Fraizer





Cities Come Together to Host Regional Job Fair
The 10/35 Economic Development Alliance to Provide Opportunities for Local Job Seekers


Job seekers looking for a change are invited to attend the Seguin and New Braunfels Regional Job Fair that will take place on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Central Texas Technology Center (CTTC) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is hosted by the 10/35 Economic Development Alliance - a partnership between New Braunfels EDC and Seguin EDC to help local businesses find skilled employees. Approximately 40 employers will be present and looking to hire immediate openings in a diverse range of job skills.
"Many employers have contacted me trying to find ways to attract a talented workforce, which is part of our job to help connect these and help businesses grow and in turn, helps to strengthen the economy and support a strong middle class," said Rusty Brockman, Director of Economic Development for New Braunfels.
In addition to the job fair at the new expanded CTTC, Workforce Solutions Alamo will have their new Workforce on Wheels (WOW) bus at the site that is equipped with computers and resources to assist job seekers with items such as creating and editing a resume, job matching, employment counseling, etc.
"We hope partnering together for a job fair will help job seekers to find employment closer to home which not only supports the economy, but reduces the impact of long distance commutes," said Josh Schneuker, Interim Director of Economic Development for the City of Seguin.
During the event, transportation will be provided to Seguin residents residents needing assistance in getting to and from the job fair. Seguin job seekers can be picked up at two selected locations- Workforce Solutions Alamo-Workforce Center (1500 E Court St #444, Seguin, TX 78155) and Seguin City Hall (205 N River St, Seguin, TX 78155). The bus will make two roundtrips- one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Exact departure times from the selected sites will be announced soon. Cajun on Da Geaux Food Truck will be on site for concessions.
To get up to date information, please visit the 10/35 Alliance, Seguin EDC and New Braunfels EDC Facebook and Twitter pages.

Attention Local Small Business Owners!

Learn how to hire for small business in this free, comprehensive workshop, hosted by the UTSA Small Business Development Center. Learn what regulations apply to your hires, from payroll taxes to employment laws. Learn tips on how to avoid expensive pitfalls of hiring and managing employees. Learn about cost savings tools that will help your small business as you grow.


Hiring Smart Workshop
What You Need to Know 

Date:
Sep 13, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm

Fee:
None 

Location:
210 East Gonzales Street, Seguin TX 78155-5643

Register Here: 
http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/events/25304

Registration Deadline: 
Sept. 13, 2016 @ 3:00 PM (CDT) 
Point of Contact:
SBDC Training Team (210) 458-2460
This is a free event! Registration is encouraged as seating is limited. The workshop will be held at the Seguin City Council Chambers - 210 East Gonzales Street, Seguin TX 78155.

CONTACT US:

Josh Schneuker
Interim Director of Economic Development
jschneuker@seguintexas.gov
(830) 401-2415

Ashlynn Tovar
 Economic Development Analyst
atovar@seguintexas.gov
(830) 401-5005

Karlee Scheel
 EconomicDevelopment Specialist
kscheel@seguintexas.gov
(830) 386-2545


Seguin Economic Development Corporation
1-888-4-SEGUIN