Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Governor Perry and Businessmen with Gold Shovels Breaking Ground

Gov. Perry Helps Break Ground on Occidental Petroleum Complex in Midland

Gov. Rick Perry today helped break ground on Occidental Petroleum's Midland Office Complex. Once completed in late 2015, the complex will house up to 600 employees and will be the center of Occidental's oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin.

"The men and women of the Midland area who will work at this facility will help Oxy continue to achieve their own great things, and in the process add their own stories to the ongoing tale of our state's economic success," Gov. Perry said. "When it comes down to it, that's really what it's all about: good people, working in good jobs, making better lives for themselves and their families."

Gov. Perry also touted Texas' job climate, based on low taxes, fair courts, predictable regulations and a skilled workforce. He noted that since 2001, more than a third of net new private sector jobs created in the United States have been created in Texas.

Gov. Perry was joined by former Texas House Speaker Rep. Tom Craddick, Rep. Tyron Lewis, Midland Mayor Jerry Morales and Occidental Petroleum President and CEO Steve Chazen. Occidental Petroleum, headquartered in Houston, is the largest operator and producer of crude oil in the Permian Basin, employing more than 12,000 Texans.