South Texas Income on the Rise as the Eagle Ford Booms

Per Capita Income Grew Almost 14% in Eagle Ford Counties From 2008 to 2011
Eagle Ford Counties' Income

Per Capita Income in Eagle Ford Counties| Click to Enlarge

The average income in South Texas is on the rise. Per capita income increased more than 13% across Eagle Ford counties from 2008 to 2011. I’m willing to bet the average income went up again in 2012 as even more Eagle Ford jobs were created. [Read more…]

Highlights From Palo Alto College Oil & Gas Event

The Eagle Ford Is in the Early Stages of Development
Eagle Ford Event Registration Line Photo

Registration line at a recent Eagle Ford Expo | Click to Enlarge

An event called “Empower Your Industry Knowledge” was held January 9th at Palo Alto College in San Antonio. Local constituents and representatives from TCU’s Energy Institute were on hand.

You can stay up to date on regional meetings at our Eagle Ford Events page. [Read more…]

South Texas Truck Driver Shortage Spreading Across the U.S.

Drivers with a Class A CDL make as much as double in the oilfield
Oil Tanker on the Highway

Photo Provided by Mike Byrnes & Associates | Click to Enlarge

The South Texas truck driver shortage isn’t alone. The American Trucking Association estimates the industry is short as many as 30,000 drivers across the country. The problem is compounded by high turnover rates: 70-90% a year. In South Texas, the high turnover rate is probably the only reason oil companies have been able to hire as many drivers as they have. It is school systems who can’t hire bus drivers and local distributors who don’t compete in pay that are struggling to find qualified personnel.

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Pleasanton’s Eagle Ford Shale Location Primes it for Growth

The towns population has grown by over 30% in two years
Pleasanton Map

Pleasanton, TX | Click to Enlarge

Pleasanton is located near the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale in Atascosa County, just 35 miles south of San Antonio. The city’s location provides a strategic hub for many oil & gas companies working the play. Jennifer Hiller published an article over the weekend highlighting development in the area. You can read the full article at

Highlights from the article include:

  • The population sign says 8,622, but utility hookups indicate the population is 11,500+
  • Rentals have gone from $0.60-0.70 per sq ft/month to as high as $1.50 per sq ft/month
  • The city enacted a 180-day moratorium on new RV parks
  • Sales tax revenues were less than $2.1 million in 2010 and have already surpassed $3.5 million this year


Eagle Ford Catering is Big Business in South Texas

Companies Typically Pay $10-$25 Per Plate for Catering
Monster BBQ Kitchen Pulled Pork

Monster BBQ & Kitchen - Pulled Pork Sandwhich

With an influx of almost 50,000 workers related to the Eagle Ford Shale, South Texas catering is becoming big business. Delivering and serving food isn’t quite as visible as a rig that breaks the horizon, but many would say it’s just as important. Twelve hour shifts mean there isn’t much time spent away from the job, so many companies are happy to cater meals as often as budgets allow.

This, not so visible, portion of the restaurant industry is often the cash cow that keeps the doors open.  I knew several restaurants when the Haynesville Shale was booming that broke even in the brick and mortar store and made all of their margin in the field catering events.

It’s also the reason many specialty caterers are serving the area. They aren’t what you’d expect either. Many run mobile kitchens just as nice or nicer than the typical restaurant and have certified chefs working the stove top. There’s no microwave keeping the food warm. It’s just plain good cooking.

If you’re looking for a caterer in South Texas, you’ll find just what you need in the Restaurants and Catering Category in the Eagle Ford Shale MarketPlace. Our preferred caterers include:

  • TJ’s Chuck Wagon (210.262.4200)
  • Boathouse Bakery & Bistro (210.896.6506)
  • Monster BBQ & Kitchen (210.392.4058) [Read more…]