What we reported

General Electric announced plans to relocate its water and power distribution branch from The Woodlands to the Tomball Business and Technology Park. Design plans for the facility were presented to Tomball City Council in May 2016.

The latest

SUEZ acquired GE’s former water and process technologies business Oct. 1, according to George DeLong, global analytical laboratory leader at SUEZ. The company broke ground on its new research and development facility in Tomball Oct. 24, located in the business park near Spell Road. SUEZ is the park’s second tenant following Packers Plus Energy Services, which opened in November 2016.

What’s next

Employees at the company’s existing facility in The Woodlands will relocate to Tomball upon the new facility’s opening estimated for mid-2018, DeLong said. No new jobs will be created from the relocation. However, the new modular facility allows for future expansion in Tomball. The facility is designed for more than 80 researchers and staff members, according to a statement from SUEZ.

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