Manufacturing company considering move to Marble Falls

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY

A manufacturing company could lay down stakes on 16 acres in the Marble Falls Business and Technology Park in an area where Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. officials cleared the way for new development. File photo

A manufacturing company could lay down stakes on 16 acres in the Marble Falls Business and Technology Park in an area where Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. officials cleared the way for new development. File photo

MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. officials have taken steps to coax a manufacturing company to the city on several acres in an area of the Marble Falls Business and Technology Park opened for development with a roadway extension.

The 16-acre tract is located on the east side of West Innovation Loop in the northern part of Marble Falls, just off U.S. 281.

“We have a prospect. The board agreed to the terms discussed regarding the sale of property in the business and technology park,” said Marble Falls EDC Executive Director Christian Fletcher of the Oct. 4 regular board meeting. “It is a primary industry that exports products, so that means new money coming into the Marble Falls area from other areas.”

Officials are withholding details pending the outcome of negotiations with the private company.

“Manufacturing is a great industry because of solid middle-class jobs,” Fletcher said. “It’s been a target for us for awhile.”

Announcement of the potential manufacturing venture could prove lucrative in light of geographic challenges the community has faced in the past.

Fletcher explained that potential prospects had balked at the cost-effectiveness of planting roots in Marble Falls due to limitations in topography and soil conditions.

“(A typical manufacturing site plan footprint is) not a natural fit for most of Marble Falls because of the topography and soil,” he said. “There’s not much developable property left in the park without us expanding to the north.”

As part of EDC plans to attract commercial ventures, crews extended access to approximately 80 acres two years ago in the 296-acre business and technology park. Another 80 acres of the park is currently developed and home to 10 businesses.

Expansion to the north end of the park has kindled interest in not only this 16-acre site but also 12 acres under contract on the west side of West Innovation Loop.

connie@thepicayune.com

5 Responses to “Manufacturing company considering move to Marble Falls”

  1. Bob Mc Sweeney says:

    Well done Marble Falls. We in Granite Shoals are watching. Maybe something like this will come our way?

  2. Lee says:

    Why aren’t we fighting this environmental people. Anything for $ wonder who gets all these kickbacks. From pec co etc

  3. Jim Wreyford says:

    As a (former) business owner who moved an operating manufacturing business to Marble Falls in 1997, the move was a fantastic experience for us.

    The move for us was a bit of a leap of faith since we had no idea of what the employee base would be like or how our supply chain would be.

    We literally had people from all over the world come to visit and train on our equipment here in Marble Falls and it was a very positive experience.

    I wish the new manufacturing company, whoever they are, a smooth transition to the Hill Country

  4. steve says:

    It’s great to see a manufacture company looking at potentially locating here but who will get these middle class jobs? Will they bring in their existing staff or will it be the locals getting these positions?

  5. GWP says:

    This fluff article continues to show the lack of transparency that the City of Marble Falls claims to be providing. When someone else plays things close to the vest, say a mine or something, it’s the end of the world, underhand, last minute emergency. But when the City or EDC want to control the outcome without public input, it’s all quiet, in negotiations, behind the scenes secretive moves the public doesn’t hear about until the under the table promises and deals are done. Then no amount of public hearings or meetings will change their minds. Welcome to the new normal for “public servants”.

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