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Leander: California Knife Maker Moving Operations to City by 2023

Feature Photo: Aerial view of the proposed site, along with what the current facility in Chino looks like. Image: City of Leander.

Posted: 9-17-2021

by Art Benavidez

Leander (Williamson County) — Williamson County and the City of Leander recently reached an agreement with a California-based knife maker to open a manufacturing facility.

The deal calls for Cangshan Cutlery to relocate the company’s international headquarters from Chino, California, to Leander in 2023.

The city’s incentives package includes rebates of up to $5.5 million in local ad valorem and sales tax dollars that are generated by the new development.

The rebates are subject to the construction of a proposed 400,000-square-foot production  and administrative facility, an investment of at least $40 million in real property improvements and equipment, along with the addition of permanent full-time jobs as the facility expands its production.

The city and county also committed up to $1.6 million in reimbursements for roadway improvements associated with the project, which are reliant upon the final construction of the proposed Cangshan facility.

The 41-acre property is undeveloped and located at 204 Heritage Road in the northern portion of the city. 

Founder and CEO Henry Liu said he was inspired to create something the market currently does not offer–a premium cutlery line made in America.

Determined to make his dream a reality, Liu committed to relocating his operations to Leander, according to a press release.

“As a first-generation immigrant, I am inspired by the possibilities of the promise of America. I see it in the spirit and creativity of my employees and I see it in the town of Leander. I am truly excited about bringing the vision of creating a premium American-made cutlery line to life,” said Liu.

Liu expects the move will position Cangshan for $150 million in projected annual revenue.

The planned facility will include state-of-the-art production capabilities along with sales, marketing and administrative operations that should bring up to 300 jobs to the area.

“We’re so excited to welcome Cangshan Cutlery to our community,” said Leander Mayor Christine Sederquist. “Just like us, Cangshan is experiencing considerable growth, and I think Leander is the perfect place for these types of expanding businesses to thrive.”

Leander City Manager Rick Beverlin believes that Cangshan’s addition of primary jobs in particular represents another milestone for economic development in the city.

“The relocation of Cangshan’s modern manufacturing headquarters could be one of the largest primary job additions for our city to date,” said Beverlin. “This builds on the momentum of other recent job multipliers like Texas Bullion Depository and Northline Development, which are essential to establishing a healthy and diverse tax base in Leander.”

Cangshan Cutlery products can be found in retailers like Williams Sonoma and Costco, according to the company’s website.

VBX Project ID: 2021-6960

Edited from press release.

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About the Author:

Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.

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