More details emerged about a chile processing plant coming to Presidio that is scheduled to start construction next month. Edward Martinez, President and CEO of Zia Engineering and Environmental Consultants from Las Cruces, New Mexico, shared the information with Presidio County Commissioners’ Court members at their meeting Tuesday in Marfa.
It’s a business that uses natural gas and that Presidio officials have been courting for some time. Now that the proposed Trans Pecos Pipeline will cross the Rio Grande near Presidio and Ojinaga and Energy Transfer Partners pipeline officials have said they will provide distribution taps off the 42-inch transmission line, it a business whose time has apparently come to the border community.
Biad Chile Company, a family-owned chile processing business based in Las Cruces, plans to relocate one of three processing plants from Arizona to Texas. The firm processes chile and paprika into dehydrated ingredients used to flavor foods such as potato chips and cheese by industrial food manufacturers.
The plant will be located on 5.5 acres, about 12 miles west of Presidio along FM 170 (the river road) and the building itself will be around 45,000 square feet surrounded by a chain link fence. They will use two groundwater wells in the production process.
Commissioner Lorenzo Hernandez of Presidio said he’d hoped the plant would be located closer to the city limit, but Martinez replied that the location was chosen because of its close proximity to where the proposed pipeline will cross the Rio Grande, about 11 miles upstream from town.