SATA Group, a high-tech auto components manufacturer, will build a new machine plant in Brownsville, TX. The project is expected to create 300 jobs and generate $114 million in capital investment in the Texas economy. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) offer of $1.8 million has been extended to SATA Group. Brownsville will be the Italian SATA Group’s first presence in the U.S. and serve as the company’s North American headquarters.
“Our level of quality and superior manufacturing productivity created a global demand for our machined products and services,” said Pietro Cinotto, Vice President of SATA USA. “It grew to the point where it made sense for us to enter the North American market and that’s when Brownsville, Texas came into our site selection process. The overwhelming support helped us make the decision to settle in Brownsville.”
“Texas continues to be an economic powerhouse thanks to an environment and government that encourages business growth by limiting taxes, regulations and bureaucracy,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “I am proud that SATA Group has chosen to expand in the Rio Grande Valley, bringing high-quality jobs to a region that is vital to the growth of our state. The best thing a government can do to create jobs and prosperity is get out of the way of employers, and as Governor, I will continue to pursue policies that do just that.”
The SATA Group’s project will be located in the North Brownsville Heavy Manufacturing Campus, a 350-acre development on newly designated Interstate 169. The campus will integrate industry via private enterprise, the public sector, the university system, community college and technical training facilities. It will house a vertically-integrated machining-foundry-forging operation by 2020, and plans include an aluminum die cast operation, large plastic injection molder, distribution center and an apprenticeship training center with an emphasis on machinists.
“In the long term, the SATA development will be the anchor for the North Brownsville Heavy Manufacturing Campus, which will become a major economic pillar for South Texas,” said Jason Hilts, President and CEO of the Brownsville Economic Development Council (BEDC). “This major development perfectly aligned with our vision of transforming Brownsville into an advanced manufacturing hub and hotbed for suppliers.”
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