By the BF Staff
From the January/February 2018 Issue
Gov. Greg Abbott recently announced that Gartner, Inc. will be expanding its presence in Irving, TX, bringing 800 new jobs and over $12 million in investment to the area over the next several years.
Gartner is a world-leading research and advisory company that employs 15,000 associates with clients in more than 100 countries. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $3.9 million has been extended to Gartner.
“The city of Irving along with the entire state of Texas continues to develop into booming technology hubs because of cutting edge companies like Gartner,” said Gov. Abbott. “Not only are powerhouse companies like Gartner investing in Texas because of our business friendly policies, but more importantly because of our rich and diverse talent pool. I am excited about Gartner’s new expansion creating hundreds of jobs in the Irving area, and I look forward to their continued investment in the people of Texas.”
Gartner CEO Gene Hall hailed the expansion. “We appreciate the support provided by the Irving Economic Development Partnership and Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, and the economic incentives approved by the State of Texas,” Hall said. “These efforts will help us invest in the local community and support the long-term growth of our workforce in Texas.”
“Gartner, which operates in more than 100 countries worldwide, was looking for a location with premier access to a skilled, innovative workforce. The North Texas region has the fifth largest tech labor pool in the country, making Irving a clear choice to fit the needs of this international company,” said Beth Bowman, President & CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and the Irving Economic Development Partnership.
GOLDEN STATE FOODS PUTS NEW PLANT IN BURLESON
Golden State Foods Corp. will be opening a new manufacturing and distribution facility for its Liquid Products Division in Burleson, TX.
Golden State Foods is one of the largest diversified suppliers to the Quick Service Restaurant and retail industries. The company services more than 125,000 restaurants and stores on five continents from its 50 locations. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $900,000 has been extended to Golden State Foods contingent upon the company investing more than $19 million and the creation of 150 new jobs in Texas. The entire project, which will involve new construction and state-of-the-art design and build out is projected to exceed $70 million.
“Texas is a land of opportunity that promotes free enterprise for companies like Golden State Foods Corporation,” said Gov. Gregg Abbott. “While Texas will continue to cut taxes and burdensome red tape, it is the people of this state that businesses are continuing to invest in. I am excited about the opportunity and growth Golden State Foods Corporation is bringing to the Burleson area and I look forward to their future success.”
“We are thrilled to be able to soon call Burleson home,” said John Maguire, GSF’s Vice President of liquid products North America. “There were many options in the Southwest, but Burleson was the best choice for us. The Burleson team were such great partners with their professionalism, compelling economic incentive package, investments in the local work force and overall commitment to the community that they rapidly became our preferred choice. We’re looking forward to becoming an active part of this fine community.”
ERNST & YOUNG GROWS IN SAN ANTONIO
Ernst & Young LLP (EY) has chosen San Antonio as the location of a new client service delivery center for its Financial Services Organization. EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services with firms in approximately 150 countries around the world and more than 40,000 employees across the United States. The new client service delivery center will include a capital investment of more than $10 million and the creation of 600 new jobs in San Antonio, Texas. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $2,625,000 has been extended to Ernst & Young.
“The business climate we’ve created in Texas encourages successful companies like Ernst & Young to choose the Lone Star State for growth and expansion opportunities,” said Gov. Gregg Abbott. “This pro-business approach isn’t just good for job-creators, but provides Texas job-seekers an abundance of opportunity in diverse fields. That is exactly what this announcement from Ernst & Young will provide, and I thank them for their investment in Texas and look forward to their continued success.”
“EY has thrived as a member of the San Antonio business community. We work closely with the SAEDF and community leaders regularly and when the opportunity arose to find a prime location for EY’s client services delivery center, San Antonio was a logical fit,” said Randy Cain, Vice Chair and Southwest Region Managing Partner, EY. “In reviewing other markets for this project, San Antonio’s workforce availability in cyber, tech and financial services, plus the competitive cost of doing business aligned with the project needs.”
“Securing another EY office in San Antonio is yet another affirmation of San Antonio’s growing potential to attract and have world-class companies experience positive growth in our city,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
“This project also meets several of the key long-term economic goals laid out in the City’s SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan by bringing in specialized, well-paying professional services jobs within two key industries for San Antonio such as information technology and financial services,” the mayor added.
“Our strong foundation in the financial services and cyber security sectors made San Antonio extremely competitive for this project and ultimately led EY to choose our community for their new center,” said Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation President/CEO.