Pflugerville celebrates Accent headquarters groundbreaking
Friday, June 02, 2017
Pflugerville officials welcomed another company’s headquarters to the city with the Thursday groundbreaking of Accent Food Services new corporate headquarters facility.
The company is one among more than five in the past two years that have moved their headquarters — some regional and some corporate — to the city.
“We were talking about a regional headquarters in the beginning and that’s the way our performance agreement was written. But guess what? This is going to be their corporate headquarters,” said Amy Madison, Pflugerville Community Development Corporation executive director.
The city’s agreement with Accent Food Services to build its new headquarters at 2919 A.W. Grimes Blvd. received Pflugerville City Council approval in March.
The company, which was founded in Austin, had its previous Texas headquarters located just outside Pflugerville city limits. The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, a quasi-governmental agency dedicated to growing the local economy, brokered the incentives agreement for the move.
A fresh food commissary, Central Texas operations and training development center will also be housed at the headquarters.
Accent Food Services is expected to invest at least $4 million during the term of a five-year agreement to build a new 55,000-square-foot office, warehouse and distribution center. The company plans to relocate 85 full-time employees from the current location by December 2018 and add five employees every year beginning in 2019 through 2022.
Accent will receive as much as $150,000 over five years if requirements are met in the incentives agreement. The incentives are capped at $30,000 per year.
Accent Food Services CEO Josh Rosenberg has said the company recently hired a “substantial number” of new employees and expects the new facility to host more than 150 employees.
The company serves various area entities including the Pflugerville school district, Austin Community College, Travis County and the city of Austin as well as the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in Washington D.C., Rosenberg said.
“We believe our people and our customers are our most valuable assets,” he said. “Today, in our mission statement, that extends to our responsibility to our community, our supplier partners and the environment.”
Patricia Gervan-Brown, Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce president called the deal with Accent a “great example of recruitment and retention in our market.”
“So when they decided they needed an expansion, PCDC and the City Council worked very hard to keep this great business here that is growing rapidly,” she said.
At the groundbreaking, Mayor Victor Gonzales welcomed the new business to the city.
“It’s a partnership among everybody with the economic development corporation, the city of Pflugerville, our development services, our (emergency services district) — they’re all working together; they’re all growing,” he said.
Nicole Barrios, Austin Community Newspapers Staff, 6/2/17, Statesman.com