Even though the facility in West that exploded last week was a distributor of fertilizer to farmers and not an actual manufacture, it could slow actual fertilizer production projects going on. They now cost $22 billion because of increased scrutiny from regulators and communities. Companies like CF Industries, Agrium, Mosaic and Koch Industries are planning to build more than dozen new plants that actually make fertilizer. Some of those plants will be on the Texas and Louisiana coasts.
Speaking of farming: Texas Agrilife Extension Service says the Texas wheat crop saw significant losses from this last bout of freezing in the Panhandle, southern plains and rolling plains.
Construction jobs are growing in Texas. According to a report from the Associated General Contractors of America, as of March there were 7 percent more construction jobs compared to a year ago. That adds up to 39,800 positions, and Texas ranks second in terms of construction job growth, right behind California.
Two Texas companies are teaming up to sell more products. Whataburger will start selling its fancy ketchup, spicy ketchup and original mustard condiments in 16 and 20 ounce bottles at HEB stores in Texas and Mexico. Other Whataburger products like Whatafries will be available at HEB.