Pflugerville: Alcohol Distributor to Invest $27 Million in 250K SF Facility
Featured Photo (above): Grand Prairie-based Republic National Distributing, which has office/distribution sites in Austin (seen here) and in other cities nationwide, plans to build a regional office/distribution facility in Pflugerville. Image: Google Streets
By Edmond Ortiz
Pflugerville (Travis County)—Republic National Distributing Co., the Grand Prairie-based wine and spirits distributor, looks to make a $27 million capital investment in Pflugerville by building a 250,000-square-foot regional facility and headquarters on the south part of town.
City Council on Nov. 12 approved a performance agreement between Republic and the Pflugerville Community Development Corp. (PCDC). The distributor plans to employ 304 people at the new facility, which will be located on an underdeveloped 32-acre tract off Helios Way, south of Pecan Street and immediately west of Texas Highway 130.
Veronica Ramirez, communications manager for the development corporation, told VBX that the company has not yet furnished details on an estimated construction schedule, cost and delivery method.
The country’s second biggest wholesale alcohol distributor, Republic operates in 22 states and has more than 9,500 employees nationwide.
Republic National Distributing’s planned new facility in Pflugerville will go onto an undeveloped tract near Biltmore Avenue and Helios Way. Image: Google Streets
Officials with the wholesale alcohol distributor said in a PCDC press release that they had been seeking an ideal spot in Central Texas for a regional distribution complex.
“We considered sites in other communities but decided to make our new home in Pflugerville due to several factors including location and available workforce. We have been working very closely with PCDC and look forward to a long partnership as we expand RNDC operations in Pflugerville,” RNDC Vice President of Operations Steve Feldman said in the release.
The 10-year economic development performance agreement calls for the PCDC to offer a $70,000 jobs grant per year provided the company relocates or hires 207 employees in year one and 97 employees in year two.
Additionally, the PCDC will provide an infrastructure grant not to exceed $500,000 to help with the extension of Helios Way and needed utilities to the 32-acre site.
To be eligible for the total $1.2 million incentive, Republic must retain the total 304 primary jobs established in years one and two through the entirety of the agreement, in addition to fulfilling the $27 million capital investment in year one.
The company also must provide receipts proving full cost of the Helios Way extension to be eligible for the infrastructure grant.
Economic and community development leaders for the city of Pflugerville agreed that Republic’s move is a major shot in the arm for the local economy.
“This fast-growth company brings a sales and distribution regional operation that provides many opportunities to expand our local workforce expertise in a state-of-the-art, high-tech facility,” Amy Madison, PCDC executive director, said in the news release.
Madison added that Republic had been seeking a location for a permanent Austin regional headquarters over the past two years and that the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce was an important partner in locating the project in the region.
“We are excited that Republic National Distributing Co. has been able to expand its footprint and high-tech distribution operations here in Pflugerville,” Charisse Bodisch, the chamber’s senior vice president for economic development, said in the release.
“This expansion will add jobs across a broad spectrum of skill levels and is another great testament to the depth of our regional workforce.”
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.