We compiled Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and notable facts about key Lufkin resources.
How much water does Lufkin have?
Lufkin has a daily water capacity of 74 MGD (million gallons a day). Lufkin’s average daily use is 8.5 MGD, which leaves 65.5 MGD of treated and untreated surplus water. Lufkin also has six ground storage tanks and four elevated storage tanks with a total capacity of 10 MGD.
How did Lufkin end up with so much water?
In 2009 forward-thinking local leaders secured water holdings from a former paper mill, including a 560-acre lake, 13 water wells, additional water rights in the Angelina River, and transmission lines. Lufkin knows water is critical for industry, development and growth, and this strategic purchase dramatically increased Lufkin’s abundant supply of this valuable resource.
Does Lufkin have any other water “in the pipeline”?
In the 1960s Lufkin purchased water rights to Lake Sam Rayburn. It still maintains that agreement, which provides future access to 28,000 acre feet of water a year.
What about water quality and fees?
The City of Lufkin continuously exceeds State of Texas regulations and expectations for water testing. Our water and sewer fees are very competitive with other communities in the region.
Does Lufkin offer incentives to industry and businesses?
The Lufkin EDC exists to create incentive programs that make Lufkin more competitive. Lufkin’s EDC collects Section 4B revenue, in the form of an eighth-of-a-cent economic development sales tax, which can be used for manufacturing and industrial development, as well as several other project types, including quality-of-life improvements.
What are some success stories?
The Lufkin EDC and PID Group Inc. partnered in an agreement to expand PID’s manufacturing capabilities to provide quality pumping units. Because of Lufkin EDC’s $2 million investment, PID plans to hire 100 new full-time employees after the completed expansion.
The Lufkin EDC has also partnered with Atkinson Candy Company in expanding both the warehouse and kitchen space. This $5.25 million investment will help create 32 new full- time positions.
The Lufkin EDC recently assisted TFG Lufkin, LP in a tax abatement deal that led to the redevelopment of Angelina Village Shopping Center.
Who do I talk to about negotiating incentives for my business?
The Lufkin EDC is presently taking and reviewing new applications for incentives and tax abatements. If you would like more information regarding tax abatements or incentive programs, please contact the Economic Development office at 936.633.0221.
LOCATION AND TRANSPORTATION
Where is Lufkin located?
Lufkin is the hub of a 12-county region in East Texas. It is centrally located between Texas’ two largest cities, 120 miles north of Houston and 166 miles southeast of Dallas.
How accessible is Lufkin?
Lufkin has direct access to two U.S. highways (59 & 69) and two state highways (94 & 103). Highway 59 is the future Interstate 69 corridor, and eight projects in the district are being developed to interstate standards, including direct connectors, relief routes and upgrades to existing roadways. State transportation officials anticipate that the first section in the Lufkin district will be designated as interstate within 10 years.
The Angelina & Neches River Railroad services more than 28 miles of track, including 12 miles of mainline, and operates an additional 3.5 miles of joint trackage via Union Pacific mainline. A transload facility is available, and services include car storage, cleaning and repair.
The Angelina County Airport has two lighted runways (5,398 ft x 100 ft. and 4,309 ft. x 100 ft.), seven approaches and an instrument landing system.
EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE TRAINING
What educational opportunities are there in Lufkin?
Angelina College serves more than 5,300 students from a 12-county service area each semester. Angelina College offers associate degrees and certificates through its business, fine arts, science and mathematics, liberal arts, health careers and technology and workforce divisions. It also offers police and fire academies, adult basic education and personal enrichment courses. Angelina College has a main campus in Lufkin and off-campus centers in Crockett, Hemphill, Jasper, Livingston, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Trinity and Woodville.
Angelina College also offers PARTNER, a transfer agreement program with Stephen F. Austin State University, just 26 miles north in Nacogdoches. Students who participate in this program receive automatic admission to SFA once requirements are met.
What sort of workforce training is available in Lufkin?
Angelina College’s Technology and Workforce Division program prepares students for the demands of the 21st century workplace. Areas of concentration include:
- Automotive Technology
- Child & Family Development
- Criminal Justice
- Diesel Technology
- Drafting & Design Technology
- Electromechanical Technology
- Electronics Technology
- Fluid Power Technology
- Human Services
- Legal Assistant (Paralegal)
- Machine Tool Technology
- Welding Technology
What medical services are available in Lufkin?
Lufkin has two hospitals and two free-standing ERs.
CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin is a 271-bed acute care facility that offers a wide array of services, including The Heart & Stroke Center, The Temple Cancer Center, and the area’s most advanced imaging centers, The Temple Imaging Center and The Kurth Imaging Center. CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial’s emergency room has 32 private patient rooms and a dedicated imaging and laboratory department. CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial is a Joint Commission Certified Primary Care Stroke Center and a regional cardiovascular care center affiliated with the Methodist-DeBakey Heart Center in Houston. CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial has a 24-bed intensive care unit and 26-bed progressive care wing. Other centers of excellence include the Polk Education Center for Stroke, Diabetes and Heart Care, the Henderson Women’s and Children’s Center and the CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Specialty Hospital, a separately licensed “hospital within a hospital” and the only rural long-term acute care facility in the area.
Woodland Heights Medical Center is a 149-bed facility with complete inpatient and outpatient services, including a diagnostic center, surgery center, wound healing center, sleep disorders laboratory and a rehabilitation center.
Lufkin ER and Neighbors Emergency Center are both open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What is the workforce in and around Lufkin like?
Highly motivated, for starters. Lufkin is a pro-industry community at the center of a 12-county region with an estimated labor force of more than 145,000. Here are some numbers:
- 86,771: Angelina County population
- 36,085: Lufkin population
- 100,000+: Lufkin daytime population
- 5,300+: Angelina College enrollment
- 12,000+: Stephen F. Austin State University enrollment
QUALITY OF LIFE
What is there to do in Lufkin?
Glad you asked! Lufkin is the heart of East Texas, one of the most beautiful regions of the Lone Star State. Our national forests stretch for miles, and Lake Sam Rayburn offers some of the best fishing in the country, in addition to boating, swimming, picnicking, hiking and birding. Lufkin has 15 beautiful parks and several hiking and biking trails. Golfers across Texas are familiar with Crown Colony Country Club which was rated by Golf Digest as “the #1 destination in the State of Texas.”
Lufkin has a vibrant arts community and a thriving downtown entertainment district featuring restaurants, a wine bar, a brewery, and a state-of-the-art performing arts theater. We are a family-friendly community as well, with a zoo, a natural history museum with an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, a historical museum, forestry museum, and an art museum.