Feature Photo: A partial aerial view of the Toyota Motor N.A. truck plant in south Bexar County, highlighting the current location of the Toyotetsu Texas facility. Image: Google Earth.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — Bexar County Commissioners Court approved resolutions Tuesday intended to help a parts supplier to the Toyota Motor North America plant in south Bexar County expand their facility by 60,000 square feet.
Commissioners Court voted on three motions on behalf of Toyotetsu Texas Inc. They revised a prior county order that governs the county’s participation in the Texas Enterprise Zone Act; they passed a resolution nominating Toyotetsu Texas for an Enterprise Project designation with the Texas Enterprise Zone Program; and they approved an interlocal agreement with the city of San Antonio.
The city-county interlocal agreement nominates Toyotetsu Texas as an Enterprise Project in accordance with a nomination and application made by the county to the Office of the Governor.
Toyotetsu Texas proposes to expand its San Antonio facility by approximately 60,000 square feet and make a total capital investment of $60 million. The investment includes $50 million in machinery and equipment, and $10 million in real property.
The facility would be Building 38 on Lone Star Pass, which is within the Toyota truck manufacturing campus.
The company’s proposal includes the hiring of an additional 25 full time workers and the retention of 400 employees.
Leslie Cantu, vice president of administration at Toyotetsu Texas, told the commissioners that 25 new hires may not seem like much but its significance is that business destined for San Antonio would instead go to Mexico.
If awarded the Enterprise Project designation by the governor’s office, Toyotetsu Texas may claim up to $1,125,000 in total refunds; that exact amount is based on a formula of $2,500 per qualifying job for up to 500 qualifying jobs from the state portion of sales taxes paid over the five-year designation period.
The terms specified Tuesday morning clarify an Intelligence360 report that circulated in February 2020. At that time, it was rumored that Toyotetsu Texas planned to invest almost $5.4 million to build out 63,241 square feet of new space at 1 Lone Star Pass, Building 38 on or about January 2021. The pandemic may have caused the company to hold off on its plans for several months.
Toyotetsu is a global full-service manufacturer of essential car components. The San Antonio plant, established in 2004, is known for its production of the radiator support, front fender apron, front lower arm, upper arm, brake pedal and hood lock.
Their existing plant is about 177,600 square feet.
VBX Project ID 2021-61F5