Tortilla Chip Manufacturer Relocates to 130 Commerce Center in Pflugerville
El Lago Mexican Foods moves north, adds new, state-of-the-art, high-performance tortilla chip manufacturing equipment to enhance operations.
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas—The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) today announced that El Lago Mexican Foods, Inc. will relocate its 60-plus year-old Austin tortilla chip manufacturing and distribution operation from downtown Austin to a 24,000-square- foot space at 130 Commerce Center, a mixed-use development under construction at the southwest corner of SH 130 and Pecan Street.
El Lago, which has operated out of the same building since it was established, is the largest distributor of tortillas and chips in Texas, manufacturing custom tortilla chips and tortillas for restaurants and selling products in grocery stores under a variety of brand names.
Redevelopment in downtown Austin and the addition of high-rise apartment buildings and condominiums is forcing some changes for businesses such as El Lago. The company’s location on East Fourth Street is no longer the best distribution point for the logistics portion of the business.
“This location in Pflugerville is a great fit for El Lago to update and upgrade their operations to a high-performance tortilla chip manufacturing plant with new, state-of-the-art equipment at a brand new building,” PCDC Executive Director Floyd Akers said. “We are thrilled to be able to keep this longtime business in Central Texas.”
Akers said he is hearing from companies who need to get product shipped beyond the region and the state, but IH-35 and MoPac are just not the best options anymore. The suburban areas can play a crucial role in the Central Texas economy by providing landing places for those businesses.
“We are uniquely situated in Pflugerville at the corner of the new SH 130 and SH 45 with an ability to get people or product down the highway or onto an airplane quickly and easily,” he said.
The Pflugerville City Council approved a $60,000 economic development agreement proposed by the PCDC to El Lago. As part of the agreement, El Lago will bring a minimum of 40 jobs to Pflugerville. In return, the PCDC will provide a cash grant of $1,500 per full-time employee with a $30,000 average annual salary plus medical benefits.
El Lago will be the first tenant in the newly constructed, second 120-square-foot building at the Pecan 130 Business Park, which is slated to add four more light industrial/flex buildings of the same size.
El Lago is expected to move to its new location in Pflugerville by mid-August.
About 130 Commerce Center
130 Commerce Center is a 160-acre, master-planned, mixed-use development located at the southwest corner of SH 130 and Pecan Street in Pflugerville. Pecan 130 Business Park is a light- industrial/flex project that features two new, 120,000-square-foot buildings and plans for four more 120-square-foot buildings.
The PCDC bought the 160 acres to develop the site as a mixed-use development in 2008. Commercial real estate firm Don Quick and Associates was later hired by the PCDC to help market and sell the land at 130 Commerce Center. For more information on 130 Commerce Center, call 1-877-970-7232 (PCDC), visit www.130commercecenter.com or www.donquick.com.
About the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation
The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation promotes Pflugerville as a desirable place for new businesses to operate. The organization also supports existing businesses by helping to address their needs. PCDC can provide funding for use as an incentive to businesses to begin doing business in Pflugerville. PCDC funds, which are 4B money generated from a half- cent of the city’s sales tax revenue, can also be used to construct needed infrastructure such as roads, utilities and drainage projects. Located 16 miles northeast of Austin and just south of Round Rock, Pflugerville is well-situated in Central Texas. New state highways 45 and 130 and Interstate Highway 35 all offer direct access to other nearby cities and the region’s main airport. For more information, visit www.pfdevelopment.com.