You're in Good Company in Pflugerville
Pflugerville is home to hundreds of fantastic companies. We enjoy a growing and diverse workforce, affordable housing, abundant land, improved access to major transportation routes and a pleasant living environment, particularly for families. We have a unique and inter-related mix of industries upon which Pflugerville will focus future business attraction, retention and small business/entrepreneurial development efforts. Take a look at just a few of the many successful businesses that call Pflugerville home.
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“The city and PCDC went out of their way to help us navigate through the development process and ensure that we have the resources and the environment we need to be a fast-growing company.” – John Garrett, Publisher
John and Jennifer Garrett launched Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in temporary office space in Pflugerville. Their first edition covered Round Rock and Pflugerville and was produced by John, Jennifer and 3 full-time employees. Today Community Impact Newspaper provides coverage in more than 24 cities, is Texas’ fastest-growing news organization and the most widely distributed news source at the community level.
With a total mailed circulation of more than a million and over 95 employees, the Garrett’s have been on a fast track for expansion. Luckily, Pflugerville has everything they need to grow their business. ”Pflugerville and the surrounding areas boast amazing talent and we’ve found that many employees who work for us do so because our location is close to home,” says John Garrett.
“Other factors that led to our decision to expand in Pflugerville include direct access to toll roads which gives us easy mobility around Central Texas, an abundant educated workforce and a business-friendly city staff and elected officials. The City and the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) went out of their way to help us have the resources and the environment we need to be a fast-growing company. They were aggressive in their incentives to keep us here when we were ready to build a permanent facility. The thing I appreciate most about the leadership here is that they are genuine in their desire to help us and they followed through with their commitments,” says Garrett.
“Most of all, we can count on the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation to come through with what they say they are going to do. Floyd Akers and his team helped us navigate through the development process with a true customer service attitude. This is a rare find in the development arena.
We are proud to be in Pflugerville and are thankful for our partnership with the city and the PCDC. We have big plans for the future and will be able to realize those in part because of our location and the support we receive here.”
“WE MOVED TO TEXAS TO BE CLOSER TO MANY OF OUR RAW MATERIAL SOURCES AND FOR THE PROXIMITY TO THE MARKETS WE SERVE. LOGISTICAL BENEFITS WERE PARAMOUNT AND OUR LOCATION IN PFLUGERVILLE SERVES US WELL.” – JEFF BURATTO, PRESIDENT
When Jeff Buratto & Ian McFatridge were looking for a place to relocate their 10-person company, LifeLast, Inc., from a suburb of Portland, OR, they looked at several cities but Pflugerville stood out because of the city’s location, charm and the support of local businesses and government.
“Our interest in Pflugerville is a direct result of the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC),” said Jeff Buratto, president, LifeLast. “We liked how close the city was to our raw material sources and the city’s infrastructure, specifically the toll roads which make it easy for employees to get work and for trucking companies to deliver in and out of our warehouse. We also liked the city’s small-town community feel where we could be a bigger fish in a smaller pond.”
The company, which specializes in formulating and manufacturing high performance, polyurethane protective linings and coatings for industrial applications, moved to Pflugerville in April 2015 leasing 24,000 square feet at the 130 Commerce Center. Buratto added that the area is perfect for a growing company because of the diverse workforce near Austin.
“The support and interest we got from the PCDC helped us throughout the moving process and affirmed our decision to move to Pflugerville,” Buratto said. “County officials in Pflugerville even came to our open house.”
With both city and county support, LifeLast was assured that their build-out and operations would be designed safely, capping a development process which would have taken much longer had it been in Austin. But not all the factors in their decision were based upon business advantages. LifeLast’s team and their families fell in love with Pflugerville’s close-knit community. “Pflugerville is family-oriented and growing,” said Ian McFatridge. “It’s small enough that local leaders are accessible and, as a business, we can have a more significant impact on the community.”
“The location of our new facility in Pflugerville offers ease of access to employees and a lower threat of natural disaster. We also have a competitive advantage of being the first data center in the area.” – Kathryn Grona, President
Jon Bowling, Thin-nology founder, has a knack for spotting new trends and opportunities well ahead of the market. He founded Thin-nology in 2004 to provide “Cloud Computing” solutions even before the term “cloud computing” was coined. Thin-nology was also the first to apply virtualization as a business tool believing that the right technologies can reduce costs, increase productivity and enhance security for businesses. And, true to form, Thin-nology will be the first data center to locate in Pflugerville.
Jon and Kathryn Grona, Thin-nology president, know just how important moving quickly is to their business. The constantly evolving technology landscape demands a nimble and responsive approach which is why Thin-nology found Pflugerville to be an ideal location for their business. “Pflugerville is the only city we found that moves as quickly as we do. Their streamlined development process will allow us to be in our new facility in just 15 months.” says, Kathryn. “Pflugerville’s location and access to the new ttollwaysmake getting to our office accessible to many workers outside of the Pflugerville area and the ease of doing business in Pflugerville encouraged us to expand our business in this area.”
Pflugerville’s pro-business attitude and its comprehensive support system have helped Thin-nology, a virtual office solutions provider, stay ahead of their growth needs. Pflugerville offers everything that data centers are looking for: redundant power, low risk of disaster, affordable real estate and a deregulated energy market for cheaper electricity costs. Thin-nology will consolidate its Pflugerville-based executive and sales offices and a South Austin data center into a new 8,600-square-foot corporate headquarters office space and data center on a 1-acre tract at the 130 Commerce Center Industrial Park.
Thin-nology serves a variety of sizes and types of business customers, but to date, the mid-sized business has really been their sweet spot. “We will soon expand our services to include offerings for the very small, one- or two-person companies, too,” says Grona. “Outsourcing IT is really where the industry is moving, so Thin-nology is positioned for growth and long-term success. We wanted to stay in Central Texas because of the economy, and we chose Pflugerville because it is so pro-business.”