Feature Illustration: Schematic of an electric vehicle. Source: ElringKlinger
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — A German automotive manufacturer of lightweight parts is considering placing a factory near Fort Sam Houston, a project that represents a $16.8 million investment over a two-year period.
The city of San Antonio has been in talks with the manufacturer on an economic development grant agreement that is contingent on investments of $1,940,000 in real property and $14,900,000 in personal property improvements, and the creation of 52 full-time jobs over a three year period.
The company, ElringKlinger USA Inc., is the U.S.-based branch of ElringKlinger AG of Dettingen an der Erms, Germany.
ElringKlinger is considering the development of a new advanced manufacturing facility focused on plastic injection molding to create lightweight automobile parts, to be located in the 4200 block of Interstate 35 North.
The San Antonio facility, should it come to fruition, would support ElringKlinger’s supplier relationship with “a leading electric car and battery company.” Coincidentally, Tesla is constructing a massive electric truck manufacturing plant in east Travis County.
The company already supplies parts (cockpit cross beams) for the Tesla Model 3 at their Fremont, California factory.
The full-time positions would include production workers, engineering, and technician jobs, with an average annual wage of $50,163. The city grant under consideration is for $198,564.