by BRAD ROLLINS
A plasma testing laboratory scheduled for completion in San Marcos next year will employ the first of 190 jobs paying an average of more than $38,000.
State, local and company officials announced that Spain-based Grifols Inc will invest $76 million in land, building and equipment in two phases at the River Ridge Business Park off Interstate 35 in the north part of the city.
The first phase, a 72,000 square foot plasma research and testing facility is scheduled to be completed in 2010. The second phase, a warehouse for storing plasma and related products and a fractionation plan, is scheduled for completing in 2012 or 2012.
San Marcos was chosen over Los Angeles, where Grifols’ North American headquarters are based, and Phoenix, Ariz., for the facility, said Chris Healey, the company’s vice president for governmental affairs.
San Marcos was chosen in part because of an incentive package that includes $500,000 from the governor’s Texas Enterprise Fund and property tax refunds from the city totaling as much as $1,829,190 and from the county totaling $2,080,695, Healey said.
“If it weren’t for this wonderful assistance, I’m not sure we’d be here but we’re glad we are coming to San Marcos,” Healey said.
Said Mayor Susan Narvaiz, “What does this mean for us? It means opportunity for our citizens,” also noting expansion of the city’s manufacturing base, which she called the backbone of the local economy.Email | Print