Companies recognized for local growth

A manufacturer and a railroad company were honored Thursday for their contributions to the local economy.

Pipeline Plastics LLC and Watco Railroad each received the Community and Economic Development award during the second annual Industrial Appreciation Luncheon. 

It was hosted by  the Levelland Economic Development Corporation.

Pipeline Plastics spent more than $10 million to build a  45,000 square-foot plant that opened last January in  Levelland Industrial Rail Park, said John  Clary, LEDC executive director.

The company employs more than 30 workers who manufacture  polyethylene pipe that can be used for drinking water, irrigation, mining, gas distribution and other applications.

Watco, which bought the West Texas and Lubbock Railroad and the Texas New Mexico Railroad this year,  owns 4,600 track miles, moves over one million carloads annually  and provides transportation in 39 states.

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