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Smooth sailing for an abrasives leader

A big birthday cake and catered barbecue were served for all three worker shifts when Saint-Gobain Abrasives’ Stephenville production facility celebrated its 40th anniversary recently. Back in the 1970s when the operation opened its doors here, making abrasives for the industrial, auto and consumer markets, other big manufacturers around the nation were looking toward overseas markets for perceived better deals as the offshoring trend began. Saint-Gobain, however, saw that product excellence made possible by a committed and skilled workforce, plus rapid cost-efficient shipment from a strategic location, made Stephenville the place to stay and prosper.

For the birthday celebration the city of Stephenville created a special video tribute featuring the personal thanks and congratulations of a number of community leaders, including this district’s Congressman. The video’s message centered on the importance of each worker’s contribution and the vital overall contribution of the company to Stephenville; a live radio remote broadcast turned the celebration into a city-wide event.

The highest quality, low costs and fast delivery—Saint-Gobain has been able to “have its cake and eat it, too,” leveraging Stephenville advantages in a rewarding 40-year history that points the company toward even greater success in the future.

And that’s a pretty sweet deal.


SEDA: Façade Improvement Program a Go

Stephenville Economic Development Authority (SEDA) board of directors gave a final seal of approval to the Façade and Infrastructure Improvement Program aimed at upgrading the curb appeal of aging commercial, retail and office structures. Click the article title to read more and download the project application and grant application packet.

Hubbard earns Ph.D., appointed to Economic Development District Board

John Hubbard has just been named to the board of the North Central Texas Region Economic Development District.
“I am excited about the opportunity to provide Stephenville a voice as the North Central Texas Region plans for this economic growth.”

John Hubbard Reflects on SEDA’s Impact

With 2016 in the rear view mirror for the organization, we asked Hubbard, who is a frequent contributor to the Empire-Tribune, to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and what he expects for the new year.