“FMC Technologies and many other businesses might not have been in Stephenville if it were not for a group of local businessmen who formed STEDCO in 1962. Their creativity and forward thinking put in place the framework that drives STEDCO today. While the players have changed, over the years their efforts and strategic direction of promoting and improving business/economic conditions in Stephenville and our surrounding trade area by rendering economic aid, services and assistance to our existing and potential businesses has not changed. STEDCO’s assistance and influence were a major factor in locating FMC Technologies Fluid Control operation to Stephenville in the early 80’s, and again in the mid 90’s. STEDCO worked with the city and provided a grant that helped to expand the facility, which contributed to the addition of over 150 new jobs. I continue to see the benefits of being a member with STEDCO today. The willingness of STEDCO and its members to assist local businesses and potential new business opportunities has been clearly demonstrated over the years, and I would encourage any current business, relocation opportunities or start up business to utilize the vast resources that STEDCO has to offer.”
– John M. Moore
Vice President/Account Mgr.
Craft Associates Inc.
“The United States Team Roping Championships was looking for a new home more than a decade ago, with a need to find a location that was reflective of it’s 35,000 members actively engaged in the western lifestyle and team roping. With the help of STEDCO, the USTRC found just the right home. Since it’s move from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USTRC has continued to grow and thrive in Stephenville, and I would encourage other businesses, large or small, to consider becoming a STEDCO member.”
– Kirk Bray
“STEDCO has been very supportive right from the beginning. I had some choices about where I wanted to move around the area... and STEDCO was very helpful in trying to encourage me to come through their organization. They actually gave me a $50,000 grant and a helping hand to move here and build our building. I felt like they went out of their way to help me, and I need to go out of my way to help them.
– Clinton Anderson
Clinton Anderson Downunder Horsemanship
“As a small, new business owner just starting out, I realized I needed help in getting my manufacturing company plugged in on a community level. Thankfully, I was quickly introduced to STEDCO, and I soon realized the benefit of being a member. By serving as a liaison between the city and myself, STEDCO played an integral part in our facility expansion, assisting us in becoming the largest trailer conversion company in the United States.
I will continue to encourage other area businesses to become members of STEDCO. Doing so unites our community and puts us on the same team while providing the chance to network and explore opportunities to work together. It's all about being good neighbors, and STEDCO is there to make sure we have what we need to be just that.”
– John Walker
“Fibergrate Composite Structures has called upon the STEDCO organization on more than one occasion since the late 80's. Fibergrate sought help from STEDCO to relocate drafting, engineering, and sales management positions to Stephenville, Texas. At the time we had a shortage of office space. STEDCO leased office space and later manufacturing space which allowed Fibergrate to secure new business. The new business and relocation of associates added roughly 40 positions in Stephenville, Texas. STEDCO has provided support with local, state, and federal government issues. They have coordinated industry events, provided logistics for industry communication, and a lead for local industry issues. Stephenville is fortunate to have an organization like STEDCO that provides a foundation for economic growth. STEDCO membership is a good insurance policy for any business and an opportunity to give back to this great community. I encourage membership for all businesses.
- Wendell Hollingsworth
Vice President of Operations, Fibergrate Composite Structures