California Plastics Company to Open Southwest Manufacturing Facility, Relocate Research & Development Laboratory to Pflugerville
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas— Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) Interim Executive Director Amy Madison today announced that Medway Plastics Corporation, from Long Beach, California, has selected Pflugerville as the new site for the company’s first regional manufacturing facility. This expansion is expected to bring 100 new jobs to Pflugerville in the next five years.
“With the addition of Medway Plastics, Pflugerville is gaining a well-respected company and world leader in the plastic injection molding industry,” said PCDC Interim Executive Director Amy Madison. “Pflugerville’s workforce has the education, skills and experience Medway Plastics needs to fill top- notch manufacturing, research and development jobs, and to help the company successfully enter into new markets.”
PCDC’s performance agreement, received final approval by the city council at their regular meeting on October 13 and provides Medway Plastics with a $50,000 relocation grant and $100,000 in job creation incentives ($1,000 per job) for a total incentive of $150,000. In return, the company is making a substantial investment in personnel and resources, including a long-term lease-purchase of 51,000 square feet at 1600 Royston, the former site for FedEx, which expanded and relocated to the 130 Commerce Center in Pflugerville earlier this year. Charles Harvey with Don Quick and Associates handled the real estate transaction.
“With an abundance of services and material specialties and accolades including the Steelcase Premier Supplier of the Year Award, we welcome Medway’s quality plastic materials and custom injection molding and design work to Pflugerville,” said Pflugerville Mayor Jeff Coleman. “The company’s use of recycled plastics and potential of 100 new jobs is in-line with our visions for Pflugerville and our planned growth strategies.”
Madison added that recruitment of the California firm was a team effort, and applauded the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce for their assistance and for coordinating the regional site selection process.
“Opportunity Austin brought Medway Plastics to Central Texas – the rest was up to us to compete and retain the project for Pflugerville. They have been great partners during this year-long process.”
The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce (through Opportunity Austin, a five-county regional economic development initiative) assisted Medway Plastics with the site selection process for all communities in the metropolitan area. PCDC competed with other Texas cities to negotiate the ultimate selection of Pflugerville.
“We are thrilled to have Medway Plastics bring their business and jobs to our region,” said Phil Wilson, Chairman of Opportunity Austin. “The Pflugerville, Travis County location with its booming population and network of diverse talent, is an ideal place to establish this new manufacturing and research facility. This is win-win for Medway Plastics and our region.”
As a part of the performance agreement, PCDC will host a local recruitment job fair to attract qualified new employees for Medway Plastics. Within the next year, Medway Plastics has committed to hiring a minimum of 20 full-time employees at an average salary of $40,000 per year. PCDC is also working with Medway Plastics to utilize state grants for workforce training and recruitment.
“Our decision to expand Medway Plastics Corporation in Pflugerville was very strategic and is a direct result of the strong support we received from Amy Madison and the PCDC team,” said Medway Plastics Corporation President and Chairman of the board of directors Tom Hutchinson Jr. “It is clear that Pflugerville is a forward-looking, business-friendly city. Medway Plastics can now tap into new markets in Texas and the U.S. By combining this great location with our superior products, we are well positioned for future success.”
The new manufacturing facility in Pflugerville will position Medway Plastics to service new contracts in Southwest, Central and Midwestern states. They also will relocate the research and development laboratory to the new facility in Pflugerville. Medway Plastics will continue operations in California, and may consider relocating company headquarters to Pflugerville within the next five to eight years.
Medway Plastics is a custom plastic injection molding company, established in 1974, that employs over 200 people at their Long Beach campus. They manufacture articles utilizing a wide range of generic and application-specific thermoplastic materials. In addition to proprietary R/D, they offer customers product, process, material development and tooling. They have generated more than 40 U.S. and international patents.
For more information about PCDC or to set up interviews with Interim Executive Director Amy Madison, please contact Suzanne Erickson at (512) 751-7235 or by email.
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.