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July 29th, 2009
Officials to announce manufacturer moving to San Marcos

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The City of San Marcos said Wednesday that it will announce a major economic development victory Thursday morning. The city said it will announce “an important job-producing manufacturing company that plans to locate in San Marcos.”

Secretary of State Hope Andrade, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Hays County Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe (D-San Marcos), and company representatives will be on hand.

The city and Hays County both approved incentives last week to locate a facility for Grifols, Inc., a biomedical company, in San Marcos. The facility would employ 190 people at an average annual income of $38,571.

The county would refund Grifols 75 percent of its property taxes over a 15-year period for a total incentive of about $2 million. The city would refund 75 percent of its property taxes over 15 years for an incentive of about $1.8 million.

The announcement will take place at 11 a.m. at the City of San Marcos Conference Center, just before the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce (SMACC) Legislative Update Luncheon, which will begin at 11:30 a.m.

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0 thoughts on “Officials to announce manufacturer moving to San Marcos

  1. What a concept. Bring in a company that actually produces something, rather than some Big Box retailer or restaurant chain. We need more real employment. Ask yourself, who do you know that works in some kind of manufacturing? I personally wasn’t able to come up with many names.

  2. While we are contemplating manufacturing jobs that produce something that someone outside our area might want to buy, thereby increasing the amount of money here rather than just passing it around amongst ourselves (and sending alot of it out of town),how about we manufacture green products like solar panels, windmills, rainwater harvesting equipment, etc.?

    Add to that some local programs where our young people, and those in dead-end professions, could learn the technical and entrepreneurial aspects of these alternative energy industries?

    Hays County could become a world leader in alternative energy by educating our populace in these fields, manufacture the products themselves and lead the way with homes and businesses that are served by solar energy and rainwater harvesting systems.

  3. @django:

    Green products aren’t exactly making much money at the moment. Solar panel technology is still expensive and, hilariously enough requires fairly toxic materials to create (selenium and cadmium, among others). That’s to say nothing of the batteries that are required to store the charge that the panels collect. Batteries themselves are highly toxic, but that’s another post. =)

    Until “green” tech is less toxic, I’d recommend against placing a plant over a nice clean aquifer and near major rivers.

    To your next point, we *do* have local programs where young people, and indeed people of any age can go to enhance their skills or learn new ones. It’s called Texas State University. We already help fund them through our taxes (even if it will go to another idiotic bronze statue in the quad).

    For cheaper solutions, there are plenty of good technical schools around central Texas. Either way, I don’t approve of government highlighting one type of profession as “better” than another (unless you’re an English major, in which case I’m sorry).

    Lastly, it has to rain for a rainwater collection system to be viable. 😉

  4. Well, it is raining cats and dogs at my house right now.

    Wish I could afford a rainwater collection system.

    In the meantime, I shall continue to try not to pump my well dry.

    We can and will find less toxic ways to produce all products.

    No poisons in the manufacturing of any product should be a goal of chemical engineering everywhere.

    I am aware of there being a college nearby, I am also aware that they do not teach solar or wind energy engineering.

    Nolan County, Texas (Sweetwater) produces more wind energy than either China or California and the college there has wisely developed a wind energy technology program so that local kids and adults who need to re-train into new fields can learn this field.

    Last time I checked, we have alot of sunshine in this area, but no one has figured out a way to put a solar AC unit on my roof that will run faster the hotter is gets outside. Direct Drive Air Conditioning Unit.

    When people use the faults of current technology to dissuade someone from taking an entire field seriously, I detect a lack of imagination.

  5. @django: I think you missed the point of my post entirely:

    1. You want green manufacturing here, and soon.

    2. Current green tech still generates lots of nasty toxic leavings.

    3. If you’re going to build *now* with *current* technology, be prepared to deal with the environmental consequences of a large manufacturing facility.

    “Solar and wind engineering”? I think you mean chemical, mechanical and electrical engineers. Which, I agree, Texas State is lacking in. I’d say your time would be better spent lobbying them to create and improve the needed departments, instead of wasting money on landscaping.

    As for Nolan County, of course they’re going to be heavily invested in wind tech and education. They’re in a decent wind zone.

    http://www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us/re_wind_maps.htm

    As you can see, Hays and all of the surrounding areas are not. I can’t imagine that you’re suggesting to build wind farms where there isn’t enough wind to harvest?

    Anyhow, you’re interpreting my points as dissuasion. I think it’s far healthier to approach the widespread use any technology with dispassion and and eye for fact. I believe entirely that if we can dream it, we can build it. You seem to think if you can dream it, it should be a reality already.

  6. I wouldn’t mind seeing some incentives for homeowners to add solar power, not that it relates directly to the issue of bringing jobs to San Marcos. How about something like this:

    * Homeowner applies for solar power credit with city.

    * City calculates average electric bill over last 48 months.

    * Homeowner gets solar installed on city’s nickel.

    * Homeowner pays what the average bill was before solar, with the difference going to pay back the cost of the system.

    Just a thought.

  7. Or….

    City/County/State arranges and incentivizes a loan program for rainwater, solar (in some cases, yes, wind) that is paid back through property tax or utility bills.

    City doesn’t have to spend money on new distribution or treatment facilities (or find new sources of water or power).

    In some cases, property owners will even become sources of electrical power that can be sold back to the city.

    Excess rainwater could even be routed to community reservoirs (not lakes, more like underground cisterns or if properly-treated, back into the aquifer).

    City wins. Homeowner wins. Environment wins.

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