Mayor John “Buzz” Fullen
East Texas Regional Business Park under construction
HEDCO plans to bring more business with its new East Texas Regional Business Park.
A well-attended groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, with business representatives, City, County and State officials and other interested people. Mayor John “Buzz” Fullen participated in the Groundbreaking Ceremony and stated, “This new Business Park is the most significant advancement the Henderson Economic Development Corporation Board and the City Council have made in the past 25 Years! Opening the door to a new Business Park will promote New Business, Job Creation, and Capital Investments. We thank all our Partners in this endeavor to build a new park and look forward to it taking us into the future.”
The Park is in northwest Henderson, on Loop 571 between State Hwy 323 & FM 2276. It occupies approximately 300-acres and will have available sites from 1 to 40 acres. The $6 million infrastructure project will include construction of sewer and water service, storm drains, electric, fiber optic lines, natural gas, entry monument signs, sidewalks, streets, and a small lake with greenbelt and walking/bike trails.
John Clary, HEDCO Executive Director shared “In today’s economic development environment, companies that need space, need it right now. They typically do not have time for roads, utilities, and such to be built out. The space needs to be “shovel ready.” The East Texas Regional Business Park will be shovel ready and will allow us to compete for the jobs and investment, and generally give Henderson economic opportunities it hasn’t had. Henderson will be proud of this place and new businesses will want to call it home.”
Industrial and Manufacturing In Henderson
Henderson was once a gateway to Texas for settlers moving from points east into Texas. Some of these settlers settled down right here due to Henderson’s great climate, abundance of water, ample timber for construction and its beautiful landscape. Today, Henderson continues to have a bustling economy for much the same reasons. Over 470,000 population reside within 35 miles and over 670,000 are within 45 miles.
Henderson has been an agricultural and industrial hub in East Texas for many years and the future is bright. The city has ample water resources. Great highway infrastructure ensures efficient transportation of products in and out of Henderson and rail service is available via a short line railway.
Industrial development proliferated after the East Texas oil boom burst open in the 1930s and oil and gas production is still strong. Other industrial sectors include brick manufacturing, specialty product manufacturing, food processing, metal fabrication and several wood products related to the timber industry.
Many of the industrial companies are located within our three industrial park areas, including the Henderson Industrial Park, Southwest Industrial Park, and the Preston Road Industrial Park.