Exaco Trading Co. breaks ground in Pflugerville

Andrew Cook, vice president of sales and marketing (fourth from left), stands next to President and CEO Kim Cook. The couple broke ground on the 42,000-square-foot office, showroom and distribution center May 27. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Andrew Cook, vice president of sales and marketing (fourth from left), stands next to President and CEO Kim Cook. The couple broke ground on the 42,000-square-foot office, showroom and distribution center May 27. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

Andrew Cook, vice president of sales and marketing (fourth from left), stands next to President and CEO Kim Cook. The couple broke ground on the 42,000-square-foot office, showroom and distribution center May 27. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Andrew Cook brought out a hand-forged double shovel for the groundbreaking. The shovel was a gift made as a wedding present for him and Kim. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The new location will be located at the corner of Impact Way and Helios Way. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin-based lawn and garden wholesale distribution company Exaco Trading Co. broke ground on its future Pflugerville location at the corner of Impact Way and Helios Way on May 27.

The 42,000-square-foot office, showroom and distribution center will be an upgrade from the current 28,000-square-foot center located at 10203 B Metropolitan Drive, Austin.


Exaco was founded 33 years ago by Andrew Cook, vice president of sales and marketing, importing lawn and garden products. President and CEO Kim Cook said the work of the Pflugerville Community Development Corp. and the chamber of commerce in bringing businesses such as Amazon into the city was part of the reason the couple was attracted to the area.

Looking for a place to grow in a city such as Austin is a bit daunting for a small business, Kim Cook said. When she found the location in Pflugerville, she realized everything was in place for them to start construction without having to wait years for approval.

Kim Cook said Exaco is a major importer of European greenhouses, and the 7,000-square-foot showroom will have about a dozen models for people to see before making a purchase. The location is estimated to be complete by the end of 2021.
By Megan Cardona
Megan is the Hutto reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Round Rock and Pflugerville/Hutto editions. She worked at UT-Arlington's student newspaper, The Shorthorn, for two years before joining Community Impact.


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