Edinburg will receive four new additions to its Renaissance Industrial Park by this summer, the Economic Development Corporation has announced.
Three new Mexican manufacturers to the park are set to begin operations by at least mid-June. A fourth company Edinburg-based Mike’s Loading Service, a logistics company, will be expanding their operations at the new facility.
At least 50 new local jobs are projected to be created by mid-June to the industrial park, located at 1920 Southeast Industrial Drive in east Edinburg.
Candy manufacturer Fabrica de Dulces Ravi, a Monterrey, Mexico-based company for the past 50 years, specializes in gum drops, chamoys, chilies and tamarind. The plant in Edinburg will bring about 30 jobs, according to the EDC.
Saltillo-based Mueller Coatings will be manufacturing paint and selling it to the construction industry creating about 10 jobs. Mercurio Electronics is a logistics company that refurbishes electronic components, and then sells them in Mexico and other areas. Mercurio will use the facility as their base to repackage and ship components off to different locations.
“We have been working, and trying to find the best location for them. We have been working with them diligently so that they are set up already so they can operate from there,” said EDC executive director Ramiro Garza, who has been working in conjunction with the companies for the last six months. “We have gotten to that point where the board is authorized to make improvements to that building so they can locate and operate there.”
The EDC says that the crownpiece of its economic development effort, the construction of Santana Textiles’ facility at the city’s North Industrial Park, could begin by this summer. Santana has finalized its plans, according to Garza. The first phase plans for the company to open in the third quarter of 2010.
“They have gone out for bids. But at this point they are delayed from what they originally intended but they are still proceeding with their plans,” Garza said.
Brazil-based Santana Corp. is South America’s largest denim fabric manufacturer, and fourth largest in the world.
Santana will be investing $150 million to launch the plant, but the city predicts a $270 million annual impact for the city and surrounding area.
Santana’s $180 million manufacturing plant will create 800 jobs in Edinburg, the EDC announced.
The plant will be 300,000 square feet on a 23 acre site. The project will be completed in three phases with a total capital investment of $180 million. Phase I will be completed in 2010, Phase II in 2012, and Phase III in 2014.