PREDCI looks at potential county industrial sites
Panhandle Regional Economic Development Incorporated, (PREDCI), has shown at least three industrial sites to a company interested in producing bio-diesel. Two of the sites are located near Boise City , and another near Keyes.
Betty Viljoen, the Executive Director of PREDCI, said the company has moved their search to the southern half of the state since a ground-breaking for a bio-diesel plant in Guymon. However, that project seems to have stalled.
Part of the interest in localized bio-diesel production is due to Burlington Northern and Cimarron Valley Rail Roads interest in the plants. Representatives of both rail companies were on hand to show potential plant sites near their lines. The fuel could and would be made primarily from animal tallow, and with the location nearby of slaughter plants at Guymon and Dumas, and with rail companies eager to serve, Cimarron County has a lot to offer.
Viljoen also said that she has been directing a a marketing campaign toward California daries, trying to entice them to move to the area.
“So if anyone has any land suitable for dairies, we need several sites lined up,” she said.
PREDCI serves all three counties in the Oklahoma Panhandle, Morton County Kansas, and Sherman County and the upper half of Hansford County in the Texas Panhandle.
Viljoen realizes the importance of smaller communties in the area served.
“It's not just about Guymon. If I could place one of these small industries that employ 15 people...it would be such a feather in our cap,” she said.
Viljoen asks for those interested to vist the website at www.predci.com.
She also points out that the group can put interested investors in touch with small companies that are for sale and could be moved into the county.
She can be reached at 580-338-8500
P.O. Box 278