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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY District executive committee clears Canyon for playoffs P 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels 9 9 193 The Plaza bandstand HeraldZ 10 pages in one section Thursday March Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of WINK KELSO Vol 143 Inside Sports The Marketplace Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Otto Zim mermann 90 Richard Torres Rosina Flo res Adam Martinez Ricardo Jaime Cantu 14 Resail Martinex Maria Gomez Patty Nevitt Becky Krueger Good afternoon Todays weather Tonight partly cloudy Low in the lower 60s Wind light and variable Friday partly cloudy High in the upper 80s Southeast wind 1015 mph Lotto Texas Wednesday nights winning numbers 24 39 million jackpot TEXflSr LOTTERY First founders invited to participate in parade The Comal County Geneal ogy Society extends an invita tion to the First Founders descendants to participate in the Sesquicentennial Parade on April 22 1995 in New Braunfels The Society is trying to reach the families by mail however we do not have addresses and names of all the descendants If your ancestor arrived by July 31 1845 to what is now New Braunfels we would like for you to be in the parade or have somebody to carry a sign with your family name on it We would prefer that you dress in clothing of that peri od or you may wear casual clothing If you want to ride a horse or ride in a horsepulled wagon or buggy you are wel come to do so Family groups are also welcome Forms can be picked up at the Comal County Genealogy Society at 200 N Seguin New Braunfels 78130 or call 2106291900 for more infor mation These forms must be filled in and returned no later than April 10 FUMC Community Lenten Luncheons continue Friday Rev David Griffin of Brack en United Methodist Church will be the guest speaker at the First United Methodist Churchs Community Lenten Luncheon tomorrow March 24 from to The luncheon will be held in FUMCs Wesley Hall located on Mill Street Side of FUMC Special music will be pro vided by Susan Deschner on the flute Everyone is asked to bring a sack lunch Bever ages will be provided For more information call 625 4513 This newspaper is print ed on recycled newsprint SPECIAL REPORT The rise of NAFTA fall of the peso What NAFA helped local industries do the peso is undoing By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor The collapse in the value of the Mexican peso in December has claimed one local compa ny and put a crimp in the revenue of at least two other local compa nies Hill PHOENIX Refrigeration which employed 70 people until recently will halt production at its New Braunfels plant April 24 and consolidate its operations at a plant near Atlanta Georgia The peso is definitely the biggest said General Manager Bob Chapman He said 90 percent of the plants production was exported to Mexico and the devaluation of the peso has made American products much more expensive in Mexico The closure will leave a building on Industrial Drive empty Chapman said there were 67 employees when the clos ing was announced About 10 will go to Geor gia to work for Hill PHOENIX there We are down to 48 employees now The others have found other jobs Every other day we lose one or He said that the North American Free Trade Agreement had been helping the company achieve slow steady growth in its business in Mexico NAFTA gave United States companies exciting new opportunities to enter the Mexi can market and a few New Braunfels busi nessmen jumped right in and got a taste of the possibilities that exist south of the border But then the collapse of the peso abruptly brought those sales to a grinding halt With the value of the peso depressed it takes a lot more of them to buy goods making it impossible for American goods to compete south of the border Barkel a small furniture manufacturing HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Barkel is one of many local industries which began pursuing business in Mexico but has seen their efforts become fruitless because of the sudden decline of the Mexican peso company on Loop 337 was one company that was expanding its business in Mexico In the past year Barkel saw its exports to Mexico go from zero to about six percent of its business but the devaluation of the peso stopped that business cold Before December 20th the day of the devaluation we shipped a ton of stuff down there We were going great said Barkel Chief Executive Officer Allen Strickland Our products were a good buy with the reduced tariffs and they would get even better as tariffs gradually decrease over the next few years NAFTA was supposed to stimulate exports to Mexico and it was Strickland said We wanted to send 10 to IS percent of our production down there and it seemed doable But now its back to zero Thfs is not going to be better in 90 days Ill tell you he said But we are still keeping our contacts down there We are going to spend a certain amount of our resources keeping in touch with them because when the situation does improve we want to be the first ones back in We are in the right spot and we are going to take advantage of that when it Mission Valley Textiles was also just cracking the door to Mexico open when the peso plunge hit It was just beginning to take said Mission Valley President and CEO Bill Mor ton I think it will come back as soon as their economy settles down We are still showing fabrics through our representatives in Mexico City but no one can afford he said The company had only sold about worth of fabric dlop tathe 3 NAFTA Was SUp bucket when posed to stimu compared to its late exports to annual sales of MeXICO and it about was working We lion But Morton wanted to send expected it to 10 to 15 percent keep growing of OUf production The tariff on down there and it textile exports seemed doable But now its before NAFTA back to Zero Now it stands at Allen Strickland io percent and CEO of Barkel Inc it will drop to zero in four more years We are in it for the long Morton said When the Mexican economy turns we will take advantage of Tom Purdum president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said We are feeling an impact from NAFTA but its is hard to quantify it Mission Valley Textiles had started some doing some business down there We are in about as strategic a geographic location as you could want and we are seeing more companies looking in this region to get access to that Michael Meek named president of chamber Board decides to forego search process From staff reports The Chamber of Commerce named Michael Meek the new president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce foregoing the search process said Carter Casteel Chair of the Board Meek will begin as president July 1 1995 Upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee along with retiring President Tom Purdum the Board decided it would be more beneficial for the Chamber to forego the involved process of a search for a Chamber president and therefore authorized the Exec utive Committee to negotiate an agreement with Casteel said The Chamber Executive Committee met at noon yesterday with Meek and arrived at an agreement I think we all agree that Meek has the per formance skills the training and experience to keep the Chamber moving in the right direc Casteel said Meek is a Rockport native He moved to New Braunfels in October of 1988 when he became director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Purdum then promoted Meek to Executive Vice President of the Chamber in 1991 and assigned Industrial Development to his port folio Meeks wife Pebbje js j ngjve Of Aransas Pass and a school teacher at Laimar Primary School The Meeks have two children Andy who attends Baylor University and Natalie a sophp Mlchael Meek more at New Braunfels High School Meek was formerly president of the Rockport Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce and a real estate broker He was named to the Outstand ing Young Men of Amer ica organization in 1986 He is an eldermember of the New Braunfels Pres byterian Church and a member of the Wurstfest Association New Braunfels Rotary Club and Conservation Society Meek holds a BBA in management and marketing from Texas University and was a member and officer of the Sigma Chi Fraternity He is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management at SMU where he currently serves on the Board of Regents Im very grateful to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the confidence and Meek said With this decision at this time we can all concentrate more keenly on the many chal lenges and opportunities that our community The Chamber will continue to serve the membership and community in its accustomed outstanding Meek said Id like to thank Tom Purdum for all the guidance train ing and perspective given me over the last seven years These experiences will be very helpful to the Chamber as we move forward in the he said Incorporation becoming real issue at Canyon Lake By ROBERT STEWART Special to the HeraldZeitung As San Antonio continues to set its sights on Canyon Lakes tempting water supply and tax base a group of local citizens are touting the ben efits of incorporation of Canyon Lake When our tax base is just right New Braunfels will move in from one direction and San Antonio will move in from the said Don Avery vice president of Southern Newspapers and former publisher of the Canyon Lake Times Guardian Incorporation will enhance property and enhance value at Canyon Avery who is spearheading the effort said the overall quality of life will improve at Canyon Lake once the area is incorporated as a city including improvements to EMS fire protection and law enforcement If we do it right we can do it initially without any property said Richard Smith a local businessman also involved in the movement And if it doesnt work after three years we can have another petition and vote to trash Most funding for the new city would come from sales taxes Other revenue sources include franchise taxes permits fines and eventually property tax Just remember that all of the absentee owners of the vacant lots and land would also be required to pay Avery said For the first year there should not be any property taxes assessed to any one The council will need a full year just to set tle in and work up a budget that will start towards Avery said Comal County officials have assured him the county would continue to maintain roads and law enforcement until the city was financial ly able to assume these roles He cited the assis tance Comal County afforded Garden Ridge when that city incorporated Don Avery A mass mailing will take place in about a month to further inform area residents of the facts regarding incor poration We need to protect our investments in our homes and Avery said Right now we dont have any say as to what happens to the Canyon Lake Smith added that insur ance rates would be lower and that the savings would likely offset any future property tax The General Law incorporation effort would establish a government with a city council and mayor Proponents are hoping to have the item on the ballot in August 1995 A petition with 50 sig natures is needed to put the item up for a vote An interim council would be seated until council elections would be held in May 1996 The incor poration effort is being undertaken with donated funds The committee is not spending future tax money The boundaries of the proposed city of Canyon Lake would be FM 306 on the north and east and FM 2673 on the south and west Onehalf to one mile outside the road would be included with a wider swing so some subdivisions would not be broken up Cranes Mill Road would be the western boundary Avery stated the group that started the incor poration drive has no political motives and does not expect any monetary gain They have good intentions and are hardwork ing honest he said Our goal is to try to protect the beautiful area that God has created for all of us Remember the past is the past and the future is ours For more information on incorporation call Don Avery 9643885 Richard Smith 9352735 or Bruce Jones 9077901 For more information on subscriptions news or advertising call 6259144
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