Feature Photo: View the the main entrance of the United Alloy LLC plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Seguin (Guadalupe County) — United Alloy Inc. and the Seguin Economic Development Corporation announced today the manufacturer’s plans to build a new 200,000-square-foot facility.
United Alloy will build on a 27-acre site located between 8th Street and Guadalupe Street, south of Interstate 10. The project represents a capital investment of at least $35 million and it will create at least 100 new jobs over the first three years of operation.
Tom Baer, United Alloy chairman, said, “We made the decision to build our Texas plant in Seguin because of the successful track record of attracting Texas employees capable of building a world class organization.”
United Alloy expects to break ground on the project in early 2020, with operations commencing by the end of the year.
United Alloy is based in Janesville, Wisconsin. It is a serial production metal fabrication and powder coating company known for its high quality leak-proof metal fuel tanks, reservoirs, skids, frames, chassis, trailers, heavy metal fabrications, and complex weldments.
A local incentive package was approved by the SEDC Board of Directors, and subsequently the Seguin City Council approved it Tuesday evening. The incentives include a land grant by the SEDC and a Chapter 312 partial tax abatement by the City of Seguin.
In exchange, United Alloy commits to specified capital investment and job creation benchmarks.
Josh Schneuker, executive director of the SEDC, said, “Seguin’s strategic location, skilled workforce and pro-business government make us an attractive option for businesses looking to expand.”
Schneuker told VBX that United Alloy selected MW Builders to be its general contractor and MW Builders is currently assisting with pre-construction design. MW Builders specializes in construction management, general construction, design-build, and pre-construction. Its Texas offices are in Pflugerville and Midland.
Schneuker added that this will be the first United Alloy plant being deployed outside of their Janesville home base. The SEDC-owned land is within an industrial park that the economic development corporation has been cultivated for a number of years.
The industrial park is home to the gas-fired Rio Nogales Power Plant owned by City Public Service, as well as a Niagara Bottling plant that opened a few years ago.
More recently, Continental Structural Plastics broke ground in October on what will be a 200,000-square-foot plant for the manufacture of automotive components.
“They have started drilling the beams for their foundations,” Schneuker said of Continental Structural Plastics. “They should be operational by the end of 2020 or the first part of 2021.”