The Annaville area will be the site for a future $20 million Baker Hughes facility, which is set to begin construction in November, company officials recently announced.
The Baker Hughes regional facility is the second development announced in the last month for the Tuloso-Midway Independent School District.
Its construction will coincide with a nearby joint U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility, which will also be located at the intersection of Clarkwood Road and State Highway 44. A $900 million M&G Plant, which is still being negotiated at this time, is also being proposed for the area.
According to a press release from the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation, Baker Hughes provides the oil and gas industry with products and services for drilling, formation evaluation, completion, production and reservoir consulting.
“This project will continue the development of the State Highway 44 corridor between Corpus Christi and Robstown and will enable unfettered access to the region,” CCREDC President and CEO Roland Mower said in the release.
Kathy Shirley, corporate communications manager for Baker Hughes said the new 140,000-square-foot facility will sit on a 30-acre site at Clarkwood Road and Highway 44.
The facility will replace six small, outdated facilities scattered around the area, Shirley said.
It will include office space, a workshop and site storage to support Baker Hughes activities in the Eagle Ford shale play, she added.
Baker Hughes will relocate 40 employees from existing sites and add around 75 new positions. The types of jobs at the facility include drivers, repair and maintenance technicians, equipment operators, field engineers, sales staff, field specialists, field supervisors, Shirley said.
Construction is expected to take one year to complete, Shirely said.