Area Companies Expanding

By: Trey Meynig

Updated: 1/26/2014 8:57 pm

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Thanks to the nearby "Eagle Ford Shale" oil and gas field, natural resource based industries continue to thrive and expand, one such company is Pioneer.

According to 
Pioneer's Public Affairs Specialist Rhonda Fotiades, a recent expansion of their Victoria County operations alone have brought them from about 50 employees to well over 200 in just a matter of weeks.

"Its a brand new facility and soon we will have a grand opening," said Fotiates.

When fully completed, the facility will encompass 84,000 square feet of workspace on 84 acres, just north of Victoria city limits.

This facility, including one in Dewitt County and another in Kenedy County, handle the fracking operations for Pioneer's wells inside the Eagle Ford Shale reserves.

The City of Victoria's O.C. Garza says that the increased workforce means good news for the economy, especially since they plan to stay awhile.

"They think they're going to be in the Victoria area at least another 25 years or so," said Garza.

Fotiades says that truck drivers by far are the most needed industry-wide, followed by laborers and engineers.

For employment opportunities at Pioneer, visit their website at

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