Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the projected opening date for the EMCID Conference Center.

GCP Paper USA Inc. officials agreed to a $400 million investment in the East Montgomery County Industrial Park in a July 27 signing ceremony.

As previously reported by Community Impact, officials with the East Montgomery County Improvement District first announced the agreement with GCP Paper USA Inc. in March. The company produces private-label tissue products, such as toilet paper, paper towels and napkins, for Sam's Club, Walmart, H-E-B, Costco and Aldi.

According to EMCID President and CEO Frank McCrady, the company's packaging operations take place in Houston, while its existing conversion facility is in Mexico.

"We're very excited about our friends from the south bringing their facility to East Montgomery County, and that partnership has only gotten stronger over the time that we've started working with [GCP Paper USA Inc.] about a year and a half ago, so these projects don't just happen overnight," McCrady said during the signing ceremony.

GCP Paper USA Inc. purchased 32 acres in the EMC Industrial Park for a three-phase expansion project. McCrady noted the project will include a new 190,000-square-foot warehouse facility, the addition of packaging capabilities set to be operational within the next two years and the addition of a conversion facility set to be operational within the next three years.

McCrady noted the project was a collaboration between multiple levels of governmental and nongovernmental agencies.

"This is really an interesting project from the perspective that we're using local, state and federal resources to all come together to make this project a reality, and it's exciting to see that," McCrady said. "Sometimes you don't have all those agencies and different levels of government working together, but it was a very fluid project that we all worked together; we all contributed time and effort for this to happen."

As part of the agreement, GCP Paper USA Inc. officials agreed to donate $100,000 to the East Montgomery County Scholarship Foundation—a nonprofit subsidiary of EMCID—and to hire 51% of its employees from the East Montgomery County area. The company also agreed to donate $15,000 annually over a 10-year period toward paper products for the EMCID Conference Center, which is expected to open in fall 2025.

"[GCP Paper USA Inc. is] not only coming to our community to build a facility, they're also going to be a community partner," McCrady said.