FROM STAFF REPORTS
DRIPPING SPRINGS — The sole Texas dealer and distributor for an Arizona-based all-terrain vehicle manufacturer is moving its corporate headquarters to Dripping Springs, Greater San Marcos Partnership President Adriana Cruz announced today.
Tomcar USA LLC makes three models of ruggedized off-road vehicles at its Phoenix plant. It has dealers and distributors in three western U.S. states as well as Canada, Israel, India, Spain and Australia.
Tompkins Tomcar, the company’s only franchisee in Texas, will invest an estimated $200,000 to relocate, including repurposing 13,000 square feet of vacant space it leased from Kawasaki dealer Texas Powersports. The company plans to hire eight to 10 salespeople with anticipated annual earnings of $108,000, Cruz said.
Dripping Springs is ideal for Tompkins Tomcar, which needs “a central location in close proximity to rural areas while still providing easy accessibility to the rest of the state,” Cruz said. “The value of our region’s prime location within the state of Texas has again been underscored by Tompkins Tomcar’s decision to move its headquarters to Dripping Springs.”
The company will relocate from Andrews, about 30 miles northwest of Midland-Odessa. The company also looked at sites in Buda, Kyle and San Marcos but opted for Dripping Springs because of its rustic vibe and wealthier demographics, economic development officials said.
Tompkins Tomcar executives intend to use their new Dripping Springs facility as a launchpad for ambitious plans to expand to 14 states over the next five years, said Sven Hallermann, the company’s general manager.
“Texas is the largest ATV/UTV market in the country. When it came time to relocate our headquarters, the central location was key. Dripping Spring was an obvious choice because of its proximity to our customer base,” Hallermann said.
In the last two years, new employers have added 65 positions to Dripping Springs’ job market, about 12 percent of 540 jobs created in Hays and Caldwell counties during the same period, Cruz said. Deep Eddy Vodka and Twisted X Brewing Co. have also established headquarters in Dripping Springs since October 2012.
The Greater San Marcos Partnership helped facilitate Tompkins Tomcar’s decision to relocate to Dripping Springs with market research and site selection services, Cruz said. The company has not received city or county property tax breaks or other economic development incentives, officials said.
UPDATED 4:52 p.m. AUG. 7: Additional information was added throughout including a correction. The story originally said Tompkins Tomcar intends to build a new facility in Dripping Springs; it is leasing vacant space from an existing company at 13220 W. U.S. 290.
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