The largest manufacturer to date in the Brazos Valley is coming to Bryan with a state of the art $120 million facility.
News 3 was at the announcement at the Bryan Municipal Building Tuesday morning and learned why Prolamsa is setting up shop here with nearly 300 well paying jobs.
A major manufacturer is coming to Bryan with at least 285 new jobs.
Tuesday morning Monterrey, Mexico based Prolamsa group announced plans to construct a massive steel and pipe tube manufacturing facility.
Axis Pipe and Tube will produce 300,000 tons of material per year for the oil and gas industries in Texas and abroad.
"We chose Bryan because of it's business-friendly environment," said Francisco Garza, Prolamsa General Manager and Vice President.
Bryan was selected out of 25 cities.
"It will be a typical manufacturing operation. We'll have basically all the range of jobs that you find typically in an operation in a manufacturing operation," Garza added.
With salaries averaging $40,000 and an annual payroll of $10.5 million.
This will be the second business opening in Texas Triangle Park.
The site in north Bryan has quick truck access to Highway 6 as well as a rail spur to the Port of Houston.
Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski says the city has agreed not to annex the site for ten years while the county is also offering a tax abatement.
"In tough economic times when businesses aren't necessarily expanding you know it's important that we can keep the businesses here that we can, recruit businesses here," Mayor Bienski said.
Construction will start later this summer with operations beginning mid 2014.
The facility will also be recruiting skilled workers graduating from Texas A&M and Blinn College.
The plant is expected to spur other new business including trucking, machine shops and coating facilities.
It's estimated to have a local impact of $20 million in local government revenue in the first ten years.
Prolamsa Press Release:
Prolamsa Group, headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico, announced today plans to construct a new pipe and tubular products manufacturing facility in Bryan, Texas. After a comprehensive multi-state search lasting over 15 months, Prolamsa selected Texas Triangle Park, a master-planned, rail served industrial park located in an extra territorial jurisdiction outside of Bryan as the location for their facility. Prolamsa officials cited area workforce, location in the center of the Texas Triangle, and flexibility of the site as top reasons for their choice. Additionally, they were attracted to the Research Valley because the culture is well aligned with Prolamsa Group values.
Prolamsa plans to secure 240 acres in Texas Triangle Park, occupying over 30 percent of the developable acreage at the park. Today's announcement represents the largest manufacturing project to date in the Research Valley, including over $120 million in initial total capital investment. "This project will serve as a catalyst and anchor tenant of Texas Triangle Park and will bring significant economic benefit to Brazos County as a long-term corporate citizen. Our taxpayers will see a significant return on this investment," stated Brazos County Judge Duane Peters.
Prolamsa's entry into the market will also include the direct and indirect creation of over 500 jobs and an estimated $20 million increase in revenue for local governments over ten years. "The City of Bryan is very pleased to welcome Prolamsa to Texas Triangle Park. During the location selection process, we have developed a trusted relationship with the company's leadership based on our shared values of family and faith. We appreciate the significant number of quality jobs that they will create in our community and the economic benefits they will bring as a new corporate entity. I thank the Research Valley Partnership, the Twin City Endowment Foundation, the Economic Development Foundation Board, Union Pacific, Atmos, Bryan Texas Utilities, Clayton Williams Energy, Inc., as well as the staff at the City of Bryan, Brazos County and the Texas Department of Agriculture for all their efforts in bringing Prolamsa to Texas Triangle Park," said City of Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski.
Jim Lewis, Chairman of Board for the Research Valley Partnership, noted, "We are honored to have
facilitated this project and also truly appreciate the Twin City Endowment's investment in Texas Triangle Park. Prolamsa Group's decision to locate in the Research Valley is a testament to the Partnership's economic development planning efforts in the pursuit of economic diversification."
Prolamsa anticipates the official ground breaking to take place in early summer 2013.