Advocate Editorial Board opinion: New unit is good step; now keep working

Over the past few years, Victoria has seen lots of positive growth in its economy. Our hometown has benefited from Eagle Ford Shale traffic, a new Caterpillar plant, a new Wal-Mart and more that has contributed to an increase in our community's prosperity.

A few days ago, Invista made an announcement that could continue adding to Victoria's successful business environment. The company plans to build a $500 million combined hydrogen and anhydrous ammonia manufacturing unit at its existing site. The site will create about 15 to 25 new jobs and about 400 constructions jobs at the peak of development.

This is an exciting announcement, and we look forward to seeing this plan progress. Victoria has a strong industrial economy, and Invista is a positive contributor and investor in the community. Over the years, the company has contributed to education through the Invista Wetlands project with VISD, given $30,000 to the Victoria College Emerging Technology Center and more. The company has even paid for the renovation of the aviary exhibit in the Texas Zoo. Invista has shown itself to be a strong partner in Victoria that is willing to invest in our community, and we are glad to see it bring more business to our hometown.

Invista's plans for expansion remind us of the importance of expanding our economy and continuing to look for ways to diversify Victoria's economic culture. We have a strong industrial base for our economy, and our prosperity linked with the shale activity is providing a nice boost. But the shale boom will eventually fade, just like it has many times before. We encourage our community's leaders in both government and private business to renew their focus on diversifying our hometown economy while times are good. If we take steps and invest wisely in dependable businesses that will bring in plenty of quality jobs for our community, we can ensure this prosperity will continue for future generations to enjoy.

The plan for a new Invista unit is a step in the right direction for Victoria, and we encourage our city to support the effort. We thank Invista for all they have done for our community in the past, and we hope to see many more years of cooperation and partnership to come.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.