Hutto, Texas — The City of Hutto and Titan Development announce the relocation of Western Industries Corporation's Austin facility to Hutto at Innovation Business Park. This is another example in the ongoing commitment by city leaders and business entities to foster growth and add jobs in the city of Hutto.
“We are thrilled with the incredible response to Innovation Business Park that we have seen,” said Joe Iannacone, Director of Development for Industrial at Titan Development. “Titan Development and the City of Hutto are a winning combination -- our partnership is resulting in new jobs and a surge in light industrial and manufacturing businesses.”
“WIC joins a list of new businesses choosing Hutto given our open-for-business philosophy, easy access to major markets, and a large, educated workforce,” said Odis Jones, Hutto City Manager.
Western Industries, (www.wicpack.com) with headquarters in Oklahoma City has operated a light manufacturing facility in the Austin metro area for 25+ years. The company is a manufacturer of engineered packaging products and the customer base of this facility supports other manufacturing companies in the Austin and San Antonio region.
"We are excited about the relocation of our operation to such a business friendly and cost-effective environment," said James Robertson, Chief Executive Officer for Western Industries. "For the past four decades, we have built long lasting partnerships by consistently exceeding our customer’s needs, and we now look forward to growing our business in Hutto."
Western Industries will be leasing 79,000 square feet of Titan Development's first spec building at Innovation Business Park, will invest more than $3 million on the facility, grow to 145 jobs within ten years. In exchange the City is providing a 20 percent abatement of ad valorem taxes levied by the City on the property and improvements for a period of ten years. The company intends to open operations in July of this year.
Western Industries also has manufacturing facilities in Oklahoma City, Dallas, Wichita and Mexico. This move only affects the current Austin facility.
The company believes in giving back to the community with “WICPack Gives Back.” This initiative designed to support the community and the causes our employees are most passionate about. Through this program Western Industries provides support to certain non-profits, as well as encourages employees to participate in the community.
Innovation Business Park, a 72-acre business park, which will be home to approximately 800,000 sq. ft. of space at complete build out, broke ground in November 2017 and began the first phase of construction with 150,000 sq. ft. of business spec space for one to four tenants. In January, BryComm Inc. announced it will be relocating its company headquarters to Innovation Business Park with plans to build a 30,000 sq. ft. building growing to 250 employees in five years. Last August, Paradigm Metal, Inc. also announced its relocation from Austin to Innovation Business Park, building a 100,000 SF headquarters at Innovation Business Park along with 250 employees, growing to 400 employees win ten years.
“Hutto has a small-town feel with big-town opportunities and continues to build its economic capacity with a strong business, retail and residential base within the greater Austin marketplace,” said Odis Jones, City Manager. “We welcome Western Industries just as we have welcomed BryComm, Paradigm, AEND, JRS, The Co-Op District, and many more businesses that are choosing to invest in our community,” added Jones.
Community Impact - Western Industries Corporation Relocates to Hutto