Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Turner's Statement on Watson Grinding Bankruptcy Filing

February 6, 2020 -- Please attribute the following statement to Mayor Sylvester Turner.

“I am surprised and disappointed to learn that Watson Grinding & Manufacturing Co. filed for bankruptcy and fired 80 employees.
The January 24 early morning explosion killed two people, damaged 450 structures and changed countless lives.

"The company’s decision must not slow the pace of the recovery or the investigation.  It is important that authorities determine both the cause of the blast and hold the responsible party accountable.

“The city is working with non-profit organizations like Memorial Assistance Ministries to assist those with the greatest need.    
As a result of the explosion, my administration has started transparent discussions about how to prevent similar explosions in the future and to tighten regulations for chemical companies operating near homes and schools.

“I look forward to working with members of the Houston city council, state legislators and our congressional delegation to make significant changes that will help protect people and property in the future.”