Henderson gets assistance for expansion

   Henderson Fabrication – with a planned $1.6 million expansion that will create 10 new jobs – got some economic development help from city council last week.
   The state Chapter 380 economic development agreement provides Henderson with a gradual rebate process – from 100 percent for the first two years down to 10 percent over eight years on the new expansion - explained City Attorney George Hyde at city council’s regular meeting Thursday, June 25.
   Henderson, city and Matagorda County officials discussed abatements over the past few weeks for the Nichols Road plant that plans to add about 23,000 square feet to its operations. 
   That will boost production by 50 percent, Henderson noted in documents filed with the county.
   The county has been waiting for the city to act on the abatements, Bay City Community Development Corporation Executive Director D.C. Dunham told council last week.
   Hyde said the county wanted to be consistent with the city’s agreement with Henderson. 
   Alisha Kelly, with Henderson, said the firm needs agreements from the city and county for the expansion work to begin. 
   Council expanded the city Planning Commission from five to seven members – along with requiring a majority of the panel to live within the city - by amending the planning commission ordinances.
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