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AEP Texas breaks ground on two new Service Center facilities to be built in the Rio Grande Valley



June 19, 2017

AEP Texas recently conducted formal ground breaking ceremonies for two new service center facilities to be built in the Rio Grande Valley in San Benito and Los Fresnos. Both facilities represent a combined investment of more than $35 million into the local economies.

The new $23.7 million Service Center facility in San Benito, Texas, will house 110 employees currently located at five different locations across the Rio Grande Valley. The 87,900 square feet facility will be located at 1401 East Business 77 in San Benito on 40 acres of land near the former municipal airport.

The new $12.3 million service center facility in Los Fresnos, Texas, will house 20 employees. The 32,350 square feet facility will be located at 29636 FM 1847 on 15 acres in Los Fresnos.

Designs for both buildings are designated U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certified.

Judith E. Talavera, AEP Texas president and chief operating officer, said the company is excited about the opportunity to continue providing safe and reliable service from new, state-of-the-art facilities.

"The Rio Grande Valley continues to be one of the fastest growing areas within our service footprint," Talavera said. "Building these new service centers will give our employees and the community improved, more resilient facilities that will allow us to continue addressing the future economic growth of the area."

Tom Coad, AEP Texas vice president of Distribution Region Operations, said he is pleased with the plans for the new service centers. He said the service centers provide significant upgrades from the existing facilities and will enhance the company's operations.

"These sites provide multiple entry points to our service centers and will allow more employees on the east end of the Rio Grande Valley to work in one of two locations versus being scattered across the area," Coad said. "This will be extremely valuable for storm restoration purposes while offering the possibility of future expansion as the Valley grows."

Construction on both facilities is expected to be complete by May 2018.

For more information:

Organization:
AEP Texas
https://www.aeptexas.com/


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