• Betenbough Homes- Betenbough Homes, a leading builder in West Texas, has been awarded a 2018 Guildmaster Award with Distinction. They are one of 41 new home builders throughout North America and the only in West Texas recognized by GuildQuality for their exceptional performance.
• City Pipe and Supply Corp – City Pipe held their grand opening. One of Odessa’s oldest businesses opened a $8 million new facility off South Highway 385 amid a surging demand for parts the company sells to be used for the pipeline network moving oil and gas. The new 100,000 square-foot warehouse, on land annexed into the city, helped the company more than double its inventory. The company also added a bigger yard that makes managing truck logistics easier, and it constructed 13,000 square feet of office space with a modernized will-call center.
• ECISD- Changes are coming to some Odessa elementary schools. By two 6-1 votes, the Ector County Independent School District Trustees approved reconfiguring pairing four elementary schools – Travis and Zavala and Noel and Pease. They also approved rezoning changes for elementary and middle schools to help alleviate campus overcrowding.
• AimBank- AimBank announced it has acquired Platinum Bank, a merger that will expand the $1.3 billion bank in Odessa, Levelland and Lubbock as it seeks to grow market share in West Texas. AimBank, based in Levelland, maintains 18 full service banks in the Permian Basin, Panhandle, South Plains and Big Country regions of Texas.