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Plainview economy thriving thanks to public, private investment

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Plainview has become the hub of Hale County, with more than 350 businesses and 23,000 residents.  Interstate 27 also makes Plainview a great location for commerce.

"We've really been lucky, in all of West Texas, to kind of be sheltered from the bad economy," Kevin Carter with the Plainview Industrial Foundation said.

Retail shops line the streets of Plainview, along with many other industries.  The Walmart Distribution Center is a huge business in town that employees many people.

"Probably have around a thousand employees and about 400 truck drivers out at the Distribution center, and that's huge money coming in and out of Plainview," Carter said.

There's also the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Wheeler and Formby State jails.  They are one of the major employers in Plainview.

"They're employing somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 people to 600," Carter said.

By far, agriculture is the largest money maker in Plainview.  Cotton is king, and rows of it are all across the area.

"But we also have quite a bit of corn that's produced here. We still have a fair amount of land that has good water, enough to raise corn," Carter said.

Meantime, dairy production has also made a name for itself in Plainview.

"There's 5 dairies in Hale County. Twenty thousand cows total in the county that are milked - mature milking cows," Brent Bouma with Legacy Farms said.

The dairies in Hale County produce 200,000 gallons of milk every day.

"That's equal to about 73 million gallons of milk each year," Bouma said.

The city is also home to Wayland Baptist University, which has more than a thousand students.

From retail to industrial and agriculture, it's not hard to understand why folks in Hale County choose Plainview to shop, live and work. 

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