Austin Business Journal:
A flooring company plans to bring $20 million in capital investment and up to 200 jobs to Pflugerville.
Flooring Services Southwest Inc., a subsidiary of FS Builder Resources, is set to break ground Monday on a new campus at 130 Commerce Center, the mixed-use industrial and office park along State Highway 130 in the suburb northeast of Austin.
The new facility will replace two Flooring Services Southwest locations in Austin on Long Vista Drive and Metric Boulevard.
The company purchased a 30-acre tract at 130 Commerce Center in November 2016 from the Pflugerville Community Development Corp. No economic incentives have been offered to Flooring Services — Pflugerville is known for doling them out — but a spokesperson for the PCDC did not rule out the possibility of such incentives further down the road.
The campus construction project is split into two phases. Phase one will see the company construct a 187,000-square-foot facility with offices, a design gallery and a large warehouse. The first phase is expected to be complete in about a year.
Phase two will see the company build a 73,000-square-foot stone countertop fabrication facility. The general contractor for the project is Austin-based Structure Tone Southwest Inc.
“Historically, we have always taken into consideration the predictions of expanded growth — both in the community in which our buildings would reside, and within our own company," said Harry Crosby, CEO of Flooring Services Southwest, in a statement. "We needed a location that would offer us the opportunity to recruit talent, keep us ahead of the curve and coincide with the efficiencies of our business. Knowing that there is no other operation quite like ours in the area for our segment of the industry, Pflugerville fit the bill."
Once phase one is complete, the company anticipates employing 140 workers at the location. Phase two could increase the number of workers onsite to 200.
The facility will host multiple companies owned by FS Builder Resources, which is Lewisville, near Dallas. Most of its subsidiaries service the homebuilding industry, including Interior Builders Supply, Stone Resources, Premier Stair and FS Blinds.
Michael Theis covers local government, courts and economic development for the Austin Business Journal.