New Business Growth

Intercontinental Potash Corporation (ICP): A world-class potash find has been identified in Lea County. ICP has completed their environmental impact analysis. When at full scale operations, this mine could employ up to 400-450 full time employees.

United Airlines: Daily flights via United Airlines are available from the Lea County Regional Airport in Hobbs (HOB). These flights are within a 90 minute connection time of over 350 world-wide destinations. The county and airport management are currently exploring additional flight service options to Albuquerque and other westward locations.

Exelon/ Wild Cat Wind: Exelon and Wild Cat wind recently complete a wind turbine array in the Lovington area. The power will feed into Lea County Electric Cooperative’s power grid.

URENCO USA National Enrichment Facility: URENCO USA is a nuclear-related facility that enriches uranium to be used as fuel in nuclear power plants all over the world. URENCO employs approximately 350 employees and supports between 600-900 ongoing construction jobs.

SunEdison: SunEdison completed work on a 50MW photovoltaic solar deployment in Lea and Eddy Counties. Each of the 5 sites has a 10 MW solar array, with four sites in Lea County and one site in Eddy County. The solar arrays will generate enough energy to power more than 192,000 homes for a year. This project has put Lea County on the World’s solar map.

International Isotopes, Inc (INIS): INIS will build a Depleted Uranium Deconversion and Fluorine Extraction. Their products can be used in petroleum operations, photovoltaic solar cells, and refrigerant and aluminum production. This facility will employ between 125-150 full-time employees plus additional construction jobs.

Petroleum Industry Expansions: Due to advances in hydrofracking and horizontal drilling, the Permian Basin is experiencing a resurgence of petroleum activities. Several companies, including international manufacturers are exploring the potential of locating new or expanding existing facilities in the EnergyPlex.

New Housing Developments: Ledgestone Apartments, Western States Development, Windscape Apartment Expansion, Gold Creek Homes

New Hospitality and Retail: 

Marriott TownePlace Suites – (open)
Value Place Inn – (open)
Hilton Garden Inn – (open)
Cotton Patch (open)
Starbucks #2 (open)
Rosa’s Cafe & Tortilla Factory – (open)
McDonald’s 3 – (open)
Jimmy John’s (open)
Bloom Clothing – (open)
Dollar General 2 – (open)
Hibbett Sports (open)
Rue 21 (open)
U-Haul (open)
Beall’s expansion


There are also other hotel, retail and restaurant projects that are currently in the development stage or under construction but have not been announced yet.