Sheet metal company on verge of major expansion in Pflugerville

Feb 27, 2014
Austin Business Journal

Cortec Precision Sheetmetal Inc. is in talks with the Pflugerville Community Development Corp. to bring a Round Rock manufacturer and as many as 50 new jobs to the city

The San Jose, Calif.-based company manufactures high-quality sheet metal. It employs about 90 at a 51,000-square-foot facility in Round Rock, but has outgrown the space. Cortec is now looking to build a 100,000-square-foot site near SH 130 and Pecan Street, said Amanda Lucy, community relations manager at Cortec told Austin Business Journal

The company signed a contract on the space about two weeks ago, Lucy said, and is expected to move its operations to Pflugerville. The expansion will enable the company to hire about about 30 to 50 more employees, which will be in "technical trade jobs such as wielding and machining," Lucy said

The details of the incentive deal with the PCDC have yet to be finalized and are due to be discussed at the group's Feb. 27 meeting. The economic development group declined to comment on the deal at this time, but did confirm it is in talks with the company. If the PCDC approves the deal, the economic development agreement will be forwarded for review by Pflugerville City Council in the first week of March, said a spokeswoman for the PCDC

The company also has plans to build another 50,000-square-foot building at the site that it will lease out in 2,000-square-foot to 3,000-square-foot chunks. Cortec is still deciding what it will do with the Round Rock location at 1602 N. A.W. Grimes Blvd. The company may demolish the building and build a retail or office site to lease out, or lease out the existing facility, Lucy said

Cortec employs 200 at its headquarters in California

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