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 Navarro County Businessman Appears Before Congress, Urges Pro-Growth Policies

Rep. Barton welcomes President of Oil City Iron Works to the Nation’s Capitol;
praises company’s work ethic and dedication to community.

WASHINGTON, DC: A Navarro County business took center stage in the Nation’s Capitol on Thursday as legislators discussed the future of manufacturing in the United States.

Eric Meyers, President of Oil City Iron Works, testified in front of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. He was part of a hearing entitled “Our Nation of Builders: Manufacturing in America,” which is the first in a series of events that will examine manufacturing in this country.

“It was an honor to have this opportunity to showcase Oil City Iron Works to Congress and the rest of the country. I am very proud of what we produce and the people who produce it. Our employees are as skilled as they are dedicated and it shows in every casting or product we make,” said Meyers. “However, our industry is facing several challenges and some of those are created in here in DC. Tax policy, a growing list of federal regulations, skyrocketing healthcare costs and an overbearing EPA are just a few of the things that threaten the continued success of our industry. I hope our story of success convinces Congress to make some changes.” You can read Mr. Meyers’ testimony in its entirety by clicking here.

Sixth District Congressman Joe Barton serves as Chairman Emeritus on the committee. He has known Mr. Meyers and his family for years and has toured Oil City Iron Works several times. Rep. Barton was honored to have the company represented at the hearing. He had a chance to introduce Mr. Myers and Oil City to the country.

“This company represents one of the building blocks of American manufacturing. Foundries, like Oil City Iron Works, are where it all gets started. They make the parts that help other companies make products,” said the Congressman. “It is also an example of another bedrock of America – a family run business. The Meyers’ have run it for three generations spanning more than 50 years. They have gown the business using hard work and innovation. I want to make sure that bureaucratic red tape doesn’t get in their way. This hearing was all about making sure Washington supports manufacturing instead of slowing it down.”

Congressman Barton also touted the Oil City’s commitment to Corsicana and Navarro County.

“The Meyers’ and their workers do more than just run a company and produce quality products; they also give back to our community in countless ways. I was proud to offer them up as a shining example of all that is great about the 6th District of Texas.”

Oil City Iron Works is a family-owned third generation manufacturing facility, employing over two hundred employees. The foundry manufactures thousands of different types of iron castings for the energy, mining, agriculture, waterworks and transportation sectors. The plant was established in Corsicana over 125 years ago at the start of the oil boom and is situated only two blocks from the site of the first oil well west of the Mississippi. The energy sector continues to play a dominant role in its business today. Company leaders and Congressman Barton agree that it is vital that the nation continue to expand access to our domestic energy supply in order to meet current needs for affordable energy, including the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Establishing new stringent regulations on the energy sector will hurt foundries, the long-term health of the U.S. economy and the prosperity of American workers.

Oil City Iron Works is just a piece of the manufacturing industry in our area, which employs nearly 30,000 people in the 6th District alone.


It's here! The City of Corsicana will be the home for the Corsicana Water and Adventure Park to be developed at the intersection of Interstate 45 and US Highway 287.

The 23 acre water and adventure park, scheduled to open during the summer of 2014, will be a major family attraction to Corsicana and the surrounding communities including slides, pools, and the latest water activities.

The City of Corsicana is fortunate to have Michael A. Jenkins as the developer for the project. Michael is the President of Leisure and Recreation Concepts, Inc. (LARC), founded 43 years ago with offices in Dallas, Tokyo, and Singapore. The Corsicana project will be among more than 1,080 theme parks, water parks, and adventure parks that Michael has conceptualized, evaluated, planned, built, or operated. These projects span the globe from Brazil to Thailand. In addition to the Corsicana project, Michael's most recently announced project is the multi-million dollar Oceanfront Megaplex that will be located in Virginia Beach. Michael also produces Broadway shows for the Dallas Summer Musicals in Dallas where he has served as President since 1994.

The projected economic impact for the Corsicana Water and Adventure Park is significant! The synergy created by the park will benefit the hotels and restaurants located in the surrounding vicinity, and the park will certainly generate additional entertainment development in the area. The Corsicana project is estimated to draw in excess of 115,000 participants annually from a radius of approximately 48 to 50 miles. The entertainment venue is expected to hire over 50 full time employees. Seasonal employment could reach more than 150 additional part time workers. The Corsicana Water and Adventure Park is projected to generate a total annual sales tax of approximately $297,000.

The main objective of the Corsicana Water and Adventure Park is to provide a unique entertainment opportunity for the Corsicana residents and serve as a major tourist attraction. The facility will be family-oriented, with a wide variety of attractions and experiences for the entire family to enjoy together. The facility will offer unique, interactive experiences not found elsewhere in the market area, or even in surrounding cities. Individual attractions will be based on the uniqueness of the area and will be authentic in nature.

At a projected construction and development cost of $9 million for Phase 1, the park is scheduled to open during the summer of 2014. The Corsicana Water and Adventure Park will no doubt provide an amazing adventure for the citizens of Corsicana and for visitor's from all across the North Central and East Texas region.

Chuck McClanahan
Mayor, City of Corsicana

Link: Official Waterpark Annuncement, City of Corsicana

 Pactiv Groundbreaking Ceremony December 20, 2012

We would like to thank everyone for your participation in making the Pactiv Groundbreaking Ceremony a success!

To see pictures of the ceremony, click on the Chamber section above and scroll down to Photo Gallery. Click on Photo Gallery titled Pactiv LLC Groundbreaking.

 95th Annual Awards Banquet & Silent Auction

The Corsicana & Navarro County Chamber of Commerce will host it's 95th Annual Awards Banquet & Silent Auction on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the I.O.O.F. Event Center. Business Attire
Sponsored by Navarro Regional Hospital, Community National Bank & Trust, Guardian Industries and Northshore Harbor Condominiums.

"Proud Past, Progressive Future"
  • Come Early for Silent Auction (5 to 6 pm)
  • Dinner & Banquet (6 pm)
  • Recognition & Awards
  • Motivational Speaker, Bryan Flanagan of Ziglar Corporation
  • Raffle Drawing for $1,000
Tables for 8 ($375) * Individual Reservations ($50)
*Chamber Membership NOT Required to Attend*

To Secure Your Reservation, please submit your RSVP card to the Chamber no later than February 1, 2013

Select link(s) below to access Banquet Invitation and RSVP Card.

File: 2013_Banquet_RSVP.pdf   2013 Banquet RSVP
File: 2013_Banquet_Invitation.pdf   2013 Banquet Invitation
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