Oak Farms plant

A businessman who has produce operations in Houston and Louisiana has bought the former Oak Farms milk plant in East Waco, seen here shortly before it shut down in 2013. The new owner’s plans for the plant have not yet been announced publicly.

Staff photo — Jerry Larson, file

Hobbs Bonded Fibers, which makes items for industrial and commercial markets at plants in Waco and Tennessee, will have one of its production processes featured on “How It’s Made,” which airs on the Science Channel.

“We have so many products that we manufacture, and this is one of our most interesting: bison fiber,” CEO Larry Hobbs said in a press release. “We take bales of raw fiber harvested from bison and use synthetic materials to create long strands of fiber that are tough and ideal for extreme weather jackets.”

A film crew from “How It’s Made” will visit the Waco facility at 200 Commerce Drive on Tuesday, Hobbs Bonded Fibers publicist John Fletcher said by phone.

Fletcher said the film crew is on a four-week swing through Texas that started Sept. 11 in Denton and has moved throughout North and East Texas. They now will shift their focus to Central and South Texas to complete shooting by Oct. 6.

“The selection criteria include showing a product’s manufacturing from start to finish and showcasing a production process that is visually interesting to the viewers,” Fletcher wrote in the press release. “Upon their return to their home base in Canada, editors will piece together the segments to create compelling programs that will air starting in 2018.”

Fletcher said “How It’s Made” premiered in 2001 on the Discovery Channel in Canada and the Science Channel in the United States.

Past episodes of “How It’s Made” have showcased vinyl records, greeting cards, heavy equipment and biologic medicines.

Coffee habits

For many people, every day is coffee day. But Friday was designated “National Coffee Day,” and businesses around the country offered promotions and discounts celebrating the occasion.

A blog called Freebies and Deals released results of a poll of 1,000 consumers nationwide who were asked about their coffee drinking habits.

The numbers show 32 percent of coffee drinkers prefer their coffee black, while 28 percent lean the opposite direction and choose to add milk or creamer and sugar.

Two-thirds of coffee drinkers said they make their own coffee at home, while 18 percent swing by a coffee shop, and 16 percent rely on the coffee at work to get through the morning, according to the survey.

It also revealed coffee drinkers spend an average of $7.90 a week to satisfy their cravings for caffeine, according to the blog.

Gas prices slide

Gas prices continue to fall after skyrocketing in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which impacted oil refineries on the Gulf Coast.

AAA Texas reported Thursday the statewide average for a gallon of regular unleaded had slipped to $2.44, a 4-cent drop from the previous week. AAA reported prices started to slide the previous week.

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded stood at $2.57 late last week, a dip of 5 cents from the previous week, AAA reported.

“One month after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, motorists are finally seeing consistent declines in gas prices,” a AAA report states.

Though prices have turned around, 10 Gulf Coast refineries are still not able to operate at capacity and three have not restarted operations.

“Pump prices may not be dropping as fast as motorists would like, but with the switchover to winter-blend gasoline, consumer demand beginning to slow and Gulf Coast refineries getting closer to normal operations, consumers can expect gas prices to continue to be less expensive through October,” according to AAA’s report.

Oak Farms plant

The vacant former Oak Farms milk plant at 1148 Faulkner Lane has been sold to a businessman who has produce operations in Houston and in Louisiana, according to Waco real estate agent Bland Cromwell, who brokered the sale of the property from an investment group.

Finding a buyer for the facility has been challenging because it is not located in any of Waco’s industrial districts, Cromwell said. Investors bought the facility after Oak Farms pulled the plug on operations there in 2013, he said. An out-of-town businessman bought it late last year.

“He has done nothing with it since, but I am told there is some activity at the site now,” he said.

He soon will provide more information about the buyer and his plans for the property, Cromwell said.

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