Updates on Amarillo Business News and Developments – November 5, 2023

    CNS Honors North Amarillo Auto Parts as Small Business of the Year

    In a recent Partners in Excellence supplier outreach event, Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) presented North Amarillo Auto Parts (NAAP) with the prestigious small business of the year award. NAAP, a locally owned and operated small business, has played a significant role in the success of Pantex’s mission by providing auto parts and maintenance supplies.

    The outstanding service provided by NAAP, being a family-run company, has not gone unnoticed by the Pantex Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF) manager, Bob Barnhart. He emphasized that the relationship between NAAP and Pantex goes beyond mere business interactions, as NAAP consistently goes above and beyond to meet their needs.

    Having been in business with Pantex for over two decades, NAAP’s dedication and commitment were also recognized in 2017 when they were honored as the small business of the year. Their unique ability to supply difficult-to-find parts has been a vital asset for Pantex’s VMF in maintaining their fleet of over 700 vehicles and 1,900 pieces of plant equipment, including low-speed vehicles, trailers, and forklifts.

    NAAP’s services extend beyond providing auto parts, as they also manage inventory and ensure efficient material and part flow for the VMF. This partnership has been paramount in enhancing communication with manufacturers, ensuring on-time deliveries, and ultimately improving material availability, as acknowledged by Josh Holly, Pantex Vendor Managed Inventory lead.

    CNS proudly awarded more than 60% of subcontracts at Pantex and Y-12 to small businesses during fiscal year 2023, surpassing their goal of 53.5%. This percentage includes various classifications of small businesses, such as small disadvantaged, woman-owned, veteran-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned enterprises.

    Nonstop Southwest Flight Enhances Travel Between Amarillo and Houston

    Since its introduction on October 8, Southwest Airlines’ nonstop flights between Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport and William P. Hobby Airport in Houston have filled a significant market need for travelers in the region. With direct flights every Sunday, both business and leisure travelers can now enjoy more convenient and efficient trips to and from Houston.

    According to Amarillo Director of Aviation Michael Conner, early data and passenger feedback indicate an increase in travel between Amarillo and Houston since the launch of this nonstop service. The flight schedule accommodates the needs of travelers, with Southwest Flight 3459 departing Amarillo at 3:40 p.m. and arriving in Houston at 5:30 p.m. Southwest Flight 2793 operates in the opposite direction, taking off from Houston at 1:10 p.m. and landing in Amarillo at 2:55 p.m.

    Apart from the Houston route, Southwest also offers direct flights from Amarillo to Dallas Love Field Airport, Denver International Airport, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport. Travelers can visit or contact their preferred airline for flight schedules and booking information.

    Cinergy Entertainment and Valero Energy Join Forces to Support Catholic Charities

    As the holiday season approaches, Cinergy Entertainment and Valero Energy are teaming up to collect food donations for Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle. This collaborative effort reflects the spirit of the season, ensuring that elderly and disabled individuals in the community have access to much-needed food.

    Cinergy has launched a promotion where individuals can receive free popcorn or a $10 game card in exchange for donating four cans of food. Food collection barrels are conveniently located at Cinergy, providing an easy way for people to contribute to this worthy cause.

    Valero Energy is also participating in the holiday food drive, collecting food items to help feed those who may go without during the holiday season. The Holiday Food Basket program, organized by Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle, aims to provide meals to nearly 700 families, comprising over 900 individuals.

    To find out more about how to donate to the Holiday Food Basket program, visit For additional information about Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle, visit or check out their Facebook page.

    Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Honors Veterans on Veterans Day

    In recognition of Veterans Day, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers will express gratitude to our nation’s veterans and current military personnel by offering them a free Freddy’s Original Double combo meal card. This special offer does not require any purchase and can be redeemed until November 30, 2023.

    Interested individuals can visit for more information about this heartfelt gesture from Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.

    As various businesses across different industries come together to celebrate and support individuals and causes, their efforts redefine the meaning of community and exemplify the spirit of giving during the holiday season.

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