After more than a year of negotiations, the Pflugerville Community Development Corp. and Michigan-based 3D printing company EOS of North America have entered a performance agreement to relocate the company's headquarters to the city.
Approved by Pflugerville City Council on Oct. 27, the contract stipulates EOS will relocate its North American headquarters to the 130 Commerce Center in Pflugerville and create 74 jobs over the next three years, PCDC Interim Executive Director Amy Madison said.
EOS creates 3D products from plastic, metal and other materials used in the medical and aerospace industries, Madison said.
“The reason [3D printing] is so critical for our world is there are certain types of parts that can’t really be manufactured any other way," she said. "[EOS builds its products] from the ground up one layer at a time.”
As an incentive, PCDC granted EOS a furnished lease beginning Dec. 1 in the building previously occupied by firearms company TrackingPoint. The furniture provided for EOS is valued at $151,000, Madison said.
Madison said the EOS of North America headquarters will be able to draw on the skilled workforce of the Pflugerville area as it expands operations.
“The first concern of any company that has 3D printing as their core industry is a skilled labor pool that has a strong STEM focus,” Madison said. “And we have that in Pflugerville.”