TOP NEWS
DEVELOPMENT ON 
THE HORIZON (Part 2) 
CITY-WIDE COMMERCIAL, 
RESIDENTIAL AND PUBLIC 
PROJECT UPDATES.


 
Seguin continues to be one of the strongest manufacturing clusters in region. In fact, Seguin is home to more manufacturing jobs per capita than any other city in Texas. As the nation experienced the effects of the economic downturn starting in 2008, Seguin added jobs at a rate almost unmatched in Texas. From 2008 to 2015, over 3,000 new jobs have been created in Seguin thanks to major recruitment and expansion projects such as Caterpillar and Continental Automotive Systems.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, manufacturing accounts for 20.8% of Seguin's local industry. Over the past two years, Seguin has recruited three large projects. In total, these projects will add over $150 million in new taxable value and 300 new jobs to the Seguin economy. Below you will find a description and progress update on various industry developments and expansions.
  • Niagara Bottling Plant: Positioned adjacent to the future Siro Group manufacturing facility, the 30.177 acre property is home Niagara Bottling's facility. Construction of the new 557,000 square foot manufacturing facility was completed and operations began in under one year. Currently, Niagara is in the process of adding a third manufacturing line to the existing facility. Operations on the new line should commence within the coming weeks, creating approximately 30 new jobs. 
  • Central States Manufacturing Grand Opening: On December 7, 2016, Central States Manufacturing hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at their new facility located at 2902 N. Heideke Street. Central States was welcomed to Seguin by Mayor Don Keil. Tours of the facility took place after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Central States manufactures metal roofing and building panels, serving over 2,000 post frame, commercial, residential, and architectural customers in the United States. They are now operating out of their new 44,000 square foot facility and employ about 20 individuals. The SEDC worked with representatives from Central States Manufacturing and the Seguin Chamber of Commerce to facilitate the event. 
  • Hexcel: A leading producer of carbon fiber reinforcements and resin systems, Hexcel is also the world leader in honeycomb manufacturing for the commercial aerospace industry. Located at 1913 N. King Street, operations at Hexcel's Seguin plant include advanced weaving and spreading technologies performed with carbon, glass, aramid and other fibers. Originally built in 1954, the Seguin facility has experienced significant growth over the years. Recently, Hexcel submitted plans for two new buildings that will expand the Seguin facility once again. The building permits are ready to be issued for Hexcel's new mechanical (2,300 square feet) and vacuum (1,100 square feet) buildings.
  • Seguin Fabricators: Located at 779 W. Court Street, Seguin Fabricators, Ltd. has built a solid reputation in quality steel fabrication that serves the industry in water and wastewater treatment plants.    Heavily concentrated in the Dallas and Houston Metropolitan areas and throughout Texas, "Seguin Fab" has provided the industry with unmatched service in steel, aluminum and stainless steel fabrication. Established in 1974, Seguin Fabricators continues to expand their operations. Recently the company submitted plans to the City for two new buildings just west of their existing site, and the plat is in process.
A strong, vital workforce goes hand-in-hand with a strong, vital business environment. One element of Seguin's robust manufacturing sector is our community's talented workforce. Furthermore, Seguin's workforce serves as a key asset in sustaining our local economy. The City of Seguin continues to develop and build our community's talent pipeline, as plays a critical role in better positioning Seguin to recruit new business and most importantly- to retain and expand existing businesses. Below is a description and progress update on recent workforce development initiatives.
 
  • Central Texas Technology Center (CTTC) Expansion- The CTTC has provided vital workforce development for the cities of New Braunfels and Seguin, as well as Comal and Guadalupe counties since in conception in 2004. September 9, 2016, marked the grand opening of a facility expansion that will enhance workforce training support and expand the region's manufacturing and industrial base for years to come.16 months in the making, the expanded facility grew from about 25,000 to 55,000 square feet. The new building, similar in appearance to the original, houses additional instructional space, chemistry and biology labs, faculty offices, conference rooms and student support areas. Expanding regional workforce development through science and technology, the newly expanded CTTC offers Associate's Degrees for the first time and doubles the number of students it can serve to more than 3,500. The $6.3 million facility expansion was a collaborative effort between the cities of Seguin, New Braunfels, Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, New Braunfels Industrial Development Board (Type B) and Alamo Colleges. Funding for the project included $700,000 from the SEDC, a $1.25 million grant provided by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA), $4 million in funding from voters in the New Braunfels 2013 Bond Program and a $320,000 contribution from the New Braunfels Industrial Development Corporation (Type B Board).
Investments in public infrastructure lay the foundations for economic development and growth. Building roads, water systems, power transmission lines and making other improvements are all ways that help a community increase its wealth and its citizens' standard of living. Because our city invests heavily in infrastructure, Seguin is better positioned to attract new business investments, stimulate commerce and support local businesses. Seguin's citizens are more likely to enjoy better health care, sanitation and other markings of well-being. Below you will find progress updates on various ongoing infrastructure developments occurring in Seguin.
 
  • Frontage Road Project Updates: The first project, completed in July 2014, provides access to Seguin Town Center, a mixed-use center planned by New Quest Properties, the Houston-based developer and management firm behind the Creekside shopping area in New Braunfels. This $5 million frontage road reversed on and off ramps on the north side of IH-10, between Texas Highway 46 and FM 464. The project was financed through a partnership between the City of Seguin, Seguin Economic Development Corporation and New Quest Properties.The second project, funded by Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), will construct more than two miles of frontage roads on both sides of Interstate 10, between Highway 123 Business and Highway 46. Specifically, this project will reconfigure Highway 46/FM 78/Interstate 10 intersection, convert existing two-way frontage roads to one-way frontage roads, add frontage roads from Highway 46 to Highway 123 Business, construct turnarounds at Highway 46, FM 78, and Highway 123 Business and reverse IH-10 Exit & Entrance Ramps between Highway 46 and Highway 123 Business. Construction on the section of the Interstate 10 frontage road between Austin St. (Highway 123 Business) and Huber Road is nearing completion. Construction on the remainder of the second project is progressing nicely, as TXDOT officials report that the project's General Contractor, Lane Construction, is currently ahead of project schedule.
  • 123 Bypass Booster Pump Station- The 123 Bypass Booster Pump Station is essential in increasing the water supply to areas north of Interstate 10 in Seguin. The Booster Pump Station project includes updates to existing storage tanks and construction of a new tank. The third water tank is currently being constructed and piping rerouted and contractors are installing pipe cans for four new turbines pumps that will increase the City of Seguin's ability to fill the newly installed, elevated storage tank at SH 123 Bypass The project is expected to be complete in Summer, 2017.
  • Rudeloff Rd to Huber Rd Street Improvements Phase I- As the pace of commercial and residential development increases on Seguin's West Side, transportation infrastructure improvements are vital.The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) funded Rudeloff Road street improvement project will enhance vital roadways soon to experience increased traffic in response to traffic flowing from the residents of future single family developments in the area such as Mill Creek Crossing, Greenspoint and Butte Meadows. Phase 1 of the project will widen existing roadways from two to four lanes, construct a continuous left turn lane and add bike lanes and sidewalks. Engineering for the project is scheduled for 2017.
  • Utility Operations Center: The 11 acre site of the new Utility Operations Center on 123 Bypass (just south of Strempel Road) will house the city's Electric, Water/Wastewater and IT departments. The 50,000+ square foot Utility Operations Center will consist of 16,000 square feet of main office space and 35,000 square feet of warehouse space. The facility is expected to be complete in Spring 2017.




New City Website and SEDC Landing Page
City of Seguin Announces New Website Launch
The new completely redesigned website offers visitors richer insight 
The City of Seguin and the Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) invite visitors to explore its engaging new website. The new website has been designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout.

A complete new look and feel was unveiled on February 15th, 2017. It's a project that staff has been diligently working on for months and has finally reached fruition.

Created with the user experience in mind, the site includes many new features that did not exist on the old website. New features include:
  • Design and Color Palette to give the website a more vibrant presence and match the city's new brand, "It's Real." 
  • Organization which allows users to easily narrow down the information they are looking to find without there being a search difficulty. 
  • Customizable Forms are now easily accessed to help users get an extra bit of information without having to make a phone call.
  • Rapid Response Functionality allowing the site to be compatible with all browsers and mobile devices.
Visitors to the new City website can stay informed with the latest Seguin news through the featured news column located on the home page. This valuable content will also be contained on personal department pages throughout the site so the user is always just one click away from useful and pertinent information.

Looking to access data and information related to economic development? A wealth of data and information is now just a click away. The SEDC's new landing page within the City of Seguin's new website can be accessed by clicking the "Economic Development" tab at the top of the home page, or by visiting www.SeguinEDC.com. SEDC staff has work hard for the past several months to gather and organize information in order to create a user friendly experience within the SEDC's landing page. "We really wanted to make this a one-stop shop for easily accessing up-to-date data and information related to economic development within the City of Seguin and the Seguin region" said Josh Schneuker, Executive Director of the Seguin Economic Development Corporation. Visitors to the SEDC landing page can now obtain data and information on items such as housing growth, available incentives, tax structure, labor force, traffic counts, and so much more.

In addition, the SEDC has partnered with the commercial real estate information firm, Xceligent, to offer an interactive available commercial real estate properties tool within the SEDC landing page. The tool can be accessed by clicking the "Available Properties" tab at the top of the SEDC landing page. Here visitors are able to search for available commercial properties within the Seguin area by using either the interactive map feature, entering an address, or by narrowing the search down by specific attributes that the visitor might be looking for in a property (i.e. sale or lease, building size, sale price, etc.). "Just like our new landing page, we want to this available properties web tool to be as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible." Said Josh Schneuker. "If you are a commercial real estate broker and you do you not see your listing on the on the SEDC available properties web tool, you can add your listings free of charge. Simply visit Xceligent.com and click on the "Add A Listing" button located at the top right part of the page. You can also add your commercial property by contacting an Xceligent Research Representative directly at 877-628-5300".

The new City website and SEDC landing page could not have been made possible without the cooperation and hard work of the City's website committee. This committee, comprised of various city staff and city council members, set out to find a website development company that could create a site that would meet our needs. Revize was chosen for its beautiful designs and easy-to-use content management system.

"We're really excited to 'go live' with our brand new website. Staff from almost every department has pitched in to make our site updated and relevant to our online users. We hope it makes finding information about the city more convenient and hassle-free than ever," said Morgan Ash, Public Information Officer.

T he City of Seguin's new website SEDC's new landing page will be updated on a regular basis with news of city growth initiatives, business activity, events, press releases and more. New features such as interactive maps and videos are set to be added to the SEDC's landing page within the coming weeks and month. Visitors are encouraged to explore the City's website at www.SeguinTexas.gov and the SEDC's landing page at www.SeguinEDC.com.





























LOCAL BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT
Alamo Group: Clearing Right-of-Ways for over 40 Years
Global leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of equipment for infrastructure maintenance, agriculture, and other applications is proud to call Seguin, Texas home



For more than four decades, Alamo Group, a $52 million dollar company who is global leader in the design and manufacturing of high-quality agricultural and infrastructure maintenance equipment, has increasingly prospered and been proud to call Seguin, Texas home. Alamo Group's corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations for Alamo Industrial and Terrain King products is located right here in Seguin at East Walnut Street and State Highway 123 Bypass.

The history of Alamo Group in Seguin dates back to 1969 when the company was founded through the acquisition of Engler Corporation and Slopemower of Houston, Texas. In 1973, manufacturing operations of Terrain King mowers began out of Alamo Group's existing facility on East Walnut Street. In 1975, the headquarters for Terrain King was moved to Seguin. In 1983, the company changed its name from Terrain King to Alamo Group, Inc. Finally, in 1989, the Seguin headquarters for Alamo Group (TX) Inc. became home to the sales headquarters for Alamo Industrial and Terrain King products.

Alamo Group employs over 130 individuals that fulfill the company's corporate operations and manufacture a full range of products for their industrial division (Alamo Industrial and Terrain King). Within their 225,000 square feet of manufacturing space, over 90 employees work hard on the manufacturing and distribution of various products. Products manufactured and distributed from the Seguin facility include boom mowers (front, mid and rear mount mowers), ditchers, loaders and sickle bars, flail mowers, rotary mowers, tree and brush cutters, and remote controlled mowers. The Seguin facility produces on average 750 hydraulic mowers per year, with 96% of the company's end users being governmental entities. Nearly 97% of the manufactured product is delivered on time to the end user, with nearly 100% of that product arriving with no damage.

Alamo Group's proudest achievement is their record of, "no lost time days worked." They have maintained an impressive record of 3,546 days as of February 16, 2017. To put that into perspective, that's almost ten years of "no lost time days worked". In the manufacturing world, that is unheard of. "No one has a record like us in the State of Texas," said Gloria Callaway, Human Resources Manager. Alamo Group is on track to celebrate ten years of "no lost time days worked" on May 31, 2017.

"We are very lucky to be established in such a great community. We have enjoyed watching Seguin change and grow during our 45 plus years of business within the community. The City service departments are fantastic and have supported us very well as we have grown. We look forward in seeing what the future holds for both of us." Ian Burden, President Alamo Group (TX) Inc. Alamo group has outgrown their skin several times and continue to accommodate this with their innovative ideas. We can expect to see Alamo Group flourish far into the future, right here in our community.



CONTACT US
Joshua Schneuker
Director of Economic Development
jschneuker@seguintexas.gov
830-401-2415


Ashlynn Tovar
Business Retention Specialist
atovar@seguintexas.gov
830-401-5005

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