New Texas Power Plant Brings Major Investment and Jobs to Harlingen

$650 million Power Plant to be built in the Harlingen Industrial Park

May 02, 2013, 16:08 ET from Harlingen EDC

HARLINGEN, Texas, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Construction is expected to begin early next year on the new La Paloma Power Plant, to be located in the Harlingen Industrial Park in Harlingen, Texas located along the US-Mexico border near the Gulf of Mexico, in deep South Texas.  At its peak, the enormous $650 million project will have more than six hundred workers on site, with most of the work force to be recruited locally.  The plant is being developed by Coronado Power Ventures, LLC and Bechtel.

Robert Deatherage, Vice President and Industrial Relations Manager for Becon Construction Company, is general contractor for the La Paloma Power Plant project.  Deatherage visited the Harlingen Industrial Park location this week and met with Harlingen EDC, Cameron County Workforce Solutions and Texas State Technical College executives to discuss employment and training of the customized work force needed for success of the project.

"It's the start of a long and exciting project, which will provide enough energy to interest additional manufacturers and other heavy power users," says Raudel Garza, CEO, Harlingen EDC. "The first step involves survey and environmental crews, with human resource personnel to begin the hiring process by the end of 2013."

Jobs to be filled will include site preparation workers, carpenters, iron workers, concrete finishers, pipe fitters, welders, and electricians as well as administrative, mechanical, electrical and industrial personnel.  Project construction is expected to take nearly two and a half years.

"With a young, abundant and trainable workforce, and a low cost of living, in addition to our pro-business environment and quality of place, it makes sense for this project and other businesses to locate facilities in Harlingen," stated Rick Ledesma, HEDC Board Chariman.

For more information, please contact Raudel Garza, Harlingen Economic Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer at 956-216-5081 or through email at

SOURCE Harlingen EDC