Hutto moves closer to securing California manufacturer

Hutto is closer to securing an unnamed manufacturer currently based in California.

Hutto is closer to securing an unnamed manufacturer currently based in California.

One week after a California-based manufacturer began its permanent move to Hutto, another Golden State company may be primed to take similar action.

JRS Company Inc., a California-based frame manufacturer, broke ground on its new facility on Feb. 7. Now, the city is working to bring a second company to Hutto in as many weeks.

At Thursday's Hutto City Council meeting, City Manager Odis Jones was directed to negotiate terms for “Project Ollie” by council members. The move would ultimately secure another light manufacturing facility for Hutto.

“We’re doing what we do very well in Hutto. We’re being attractive to businesses across the nation and around the world,” Hutto Economic Development Corporation Type B Chairman Bill Gravell said after a Feb. 12 EDC Type B meeting.

Details about the company, such as the name or financial records, are not immediately available to the public. According to Gravell, however, the California-based company will build a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Hutto, bringing with it both immediate and future employment opportunities.

The EDC chairman said the manufacturer will employ at least 50 laborers with annual salaries of $50,000 or greater. That number, per Gravell, excludes executive positions. At its full capacity, the facility will employ 140 workers.

The facility will manufacture skateboard wheels and possibly other wheel types, Gravell said.

An incentives package for the Project Ollie deal was approved by the Hutto EDC Type B board at its Feb. 12 meeting. Jones now has the directive from city council to negotiate a deal with the given incentives package in order secure the California-based manufacturer.

No timeline has been announced for the negotiation process.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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