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Gonzales, TX is home to the infamous and historically significant “Come and Take It” cannon and flag. On October 2, 1835, the little cannon fired the first artillery shot for Texas Independence which led to the annexation of more land to the United States than all the shots fired during the American Revolution.
Shiner, TX: it’s the self-proclaimed “Cleanest Little City in Texas” known for its robust brewing abilities! Located in the Guadalupe Valley roughly between San Antonio and Houston, Shiner is home to about 2,100 people and the Spoetzel Brewery where they ship more than 6 million cases of custom-labeled Shiner beer across the country each year!
Some of the largest players in the shell egg, broiler and breeding industries are located in the Guadalupe Valley including Holmes Foods, Inc., Tyson Foods, Inc. and Cal-maine Foods, Inc. Millions of dollars in assets flow through these major operations day and night which include large hatcheries, feed mills, and processing plants dependent upon reliable electricity.
Take a Spring drive in Cuero, Yorktown, Yoakum and all the little towns in between and experience why the Texas Legislature passed HR 769 on May 4, 1999 designating DeWitt County as the Wildflower Capital of Texas. The area becomes “an ocean of color” as the wildflowers begin to bloom and visitors come far and wide for this naturally beautiful Texas landscape.
In July 2017, GVEC broke ground on the SunHub Generation Station, the Co-op’s first ever generation asset and community solar project. The two-megawatt facility, located on Highway 90A between Seguin and Gonzales, was one of only seven distribution-scale solar projects underway as of that time in Texas. The facility will deliver more than 4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy thanks to its 6,500 solar panels powered by the South Texas sunshine.
Texas Lutheran University, located in Seguin, TX, has been ranked for multiple consecutive years as a Top Ten Baccalaureate School by Washington Monthly magazine. The school offers diverse disciplines including the Arts, Business, Communications, Humanities and Health, Natural, and Social Sciences.
ZDT Amusement Park in Seguin debuted the Switchback roller coaster in October 2015. Premiered as the world’s only wooden shuttle rollercoaster, this ride is a highlight of the 10-acre indoor and outdoor park working to attract thousands of thrill-seeking visitors each year to the Guadalupe Valley.
Gonzales County, located on the eastern side of GVEC’s service territory, is currently ranked as the 11th largest calf and cattle producing county in the nation. Just one example of the quality operations continually growing here is Graham Cattle Company located in Gonzales, TX. Graham boasts the capacity to handle 45,000 head of cattle.
Gonzales Healthcare Systems has set the gold standard as the first rural hospital in Texas, and only the second in the nation, to feature a state-of-the-art 3-D mammography machine in its Jane Johnson Women’s Imaging Center. The service attracts patients from Gonzales and surrounding counties, as well as close metropolitan cities such as Austin, seeking the benefits of this top notch technology.
Shiner, Texas is probably best known for the Spoetzl Brewery, Texas’s oldest independent brewery and home to world famous Shiner Bock Beer. Shiner also has a reputation as Texas’s “cleanest little city” and is known for its charm and character, along with its rich heritage. In October 2018, GVEC helped put Shiner “on the map” yet again by launching Fiber Internet, powered by the world’s fastest internet technology. With speeds of up to 1 Gbps, Fiber opens a whole new window onto the world for this hamlet of 2,069.
With the world’s largest pecan being located in Seguin, TX, it’s not too nutty to believe that Seguin also claims its very own Texas Vanilla Seguin Pecan flavor of Creamy Creations Ice Cream produced by major Texas grocer H.E.B. The grocer has opened several new locations in the Guadalupe Valley in recent years.
Adams Extract made the Red Velvet Cake a household name across America in the 1920’s when it first served consumers its red dye for this infamous recipe. In the 1950’s, they had another first introducing the 4-pack of food coloring. After 125 years, this major manufacturer operates out of a 90,000 square foot facility in Gonzales, TX and continues to serve up sweet and spicy goodness to families under over 13 brand names.
DeWitt and Gonzales Counties, both located in the GVEC service area, are among the top five oil producing counties of the Eagle Ford Shale. Major producers with established operations in the area include Enterprise Products, EOG Resources, and Kinder Morgan among others.