New industrial park possible


The Madison County Industrial Park is now full and offering numerous employment opportunities, prompting the local Economic Development Corporation to seek more land to add a second business park.

The county’s chief appraiser, Matt Newton, took over in March as president of the EDC, following Dave Ward, who served the community for 20 years.

Texas Pride Trailers, Texas Rustic, Dasilveira Southwest Inc., B&J Machine Works Inc. and GOEC are among the businesses in the current park off Interstate 75.

“The Madison County EDC developed this whole park,” Ward said. “It’s full. We sold every acre.”

The EDC was created in 1997 by Madison County and the city of Madisonville to promote industrial and commercial development, according to its website.

“It’s an opportunity to bring new business in and increase business opportunities for Madison County,” Newton said. “Better jobs create better competition. Our hope is that more people will develop businesses here and more families will be raised here.”

The EDC board meets once a quarter and discusses opportunities for recruiting new businesses.

“We’re getting our game plan together,” Newton said of the corporation’s plans for the upcoming year. They plan to do more traditional advertising and boost their social media appearance, and they’re donating a building to the city for a new airport terminal.

“We want folks to know we think this is a great place to do business,” Newton said. “That’s based on this location right off of I-45 and the quality of life and good schools.”

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