On Wednesday morning, LINN Energy presented Frank Phillips College with a $35,000 donation to be used to purchase equipment for the P&E and I&E technology program during the grand opening of LINN Energyâ€™s new regional office in Borger.
FPC President Dr. Jud Hicks, FPC Dean of Career and Technology Jack Stanley, LINN Energy Senior VP/Chief Operating Officer Arden Walker, and other representatives from LINN Energy were hand to take part in the presentation of the donation check from LINN Energy to the Frank Phillips College.
Stanley said the donation will go towards the purchase of three major pieces of equipment to be used to instruct students in areas such as mechanical training and motor control, where the students will have the ability to be hands on in order to learn key aspects of industrial equipment, as well as being able to learn at a comfortable pace.
Stanley and Dr. Hicks talked about how the technology program of the college plays a key role in serving the needs in the area, with Stanley commenting, â€śOur goal is to help in the training employees for our local companies but also to teach generations coming up the skills that are needed by employers in our area, like LINN Energy. The training students receiving in our programs will give them the opportunity to stay in the area and have a good job, which benefits the community.â€ť
Wednesdayâ€™s donation continues the partnership between LINN Energy and FPC, which started with the energy company giving the FPC Softball program a donation of $106,000 in the spring of 2011.
On the relationship between the college and LINN Energy, Dr. Hicks said, â€śThere is no question the college has benefited financially due to LINN Energy, but it also shows their commitment in helping to provide educational opportunities for our community.â€ť
The donation to the college coincided with the opening of LINN Energyâ€™s new Borger facility that will serve as a regional office for the company.
At the end of 2006, the Houston-based company took its first step into the Borger area when it acquired holdings from Stallion Energy. It now owns and operates around 1,700 wells around Borger and the Texas Panhandle, with 68 employees working out of the Borger office.
Walker said the companyâ€™s business strategy centers around an acquisition program which targets oil and natural gas properties that offer long-life, high-quality production with relatively predictable decline curves and low-risk development opportunities. Walker said the Borger area fits perfectly into that model.
Walker went on to say that the building of the new Borger facility shows the companyâ€™s commitment to the area now and into the future.
Due to the growth in the area, LINN Energy had outgrown its location on Premier Road, leading to the decision to build a new facility off over Fairlanes Boulevard.
The Borger facility is similar to one the company recently built in Elk City, Okla, according to Kyle Barnes, a Supervisor out of LINN Energyâ€™s Oklahoma City office who was helping out with the open house on Wednesday.
Along with the donations to the college, LINN Energy has shown its commitment to helping the Borger community with donations to HutchCares, Borger ISD, and local employees contributing over $12,000 in last yearâ€™s Hutchinson County United Way campaign.
Part of the energy companyâ€™s vision is to be good members in the community with Walker saying, â€śAs we have continued to grow and move into different communities, one of our main goals is to make sure we develop good relationships and become good neighbors within that community. Our employees work and live in this area, so it makes sense to try to use opportunities to try to help and make the community better.â€ť
The new LINN Energy facility in Borger is located at 1201 Fairlanes Blvd.