Noble Energy posted a video on YouTube to announce its move to the old HP headquarters on Highway 249 near Louetta. It's the latest company to move northwest, adding to this area's substantial growth.
The existing on- and off-site amenities plus the room for expansion were major factors, Noble says, in selecting this area. Noble plans to build a 20-story tower across from the existing buildings and say 1,600 employees could be working here by the end of 2015.
"It's very significant in that Noble Energy is a primary employer. They are the kind of employer that generate a lot of other jobs as a result of their employee compliment," said Barbara Thomason with the Houston Northwest Chamber Of Commerce.
In the YouTube video, Noble CEO Charles Davidson says, "The new facility will accommodate Noble Energy's continued exiting growth and bring out industry-leading workforce together in a work environment that encourages creativity and teamwork."
Couple this move with that of ExxonMobil's relocation to a 385-acre wooded campus near I-45 and you have a population boom coming. Exxon alone is expected to bring 12,000 jobs. With that will come exponential growth in other commercial ventures nearby.
The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce says the area has much to offer, including great schools and nearly unparalleled access to medical care. For the jet-set type, there's also nearby Hooks Field, which is spending up to $5 million on renovations within the next year just to handle the anticipated demand.