A Texas company is closer to opening operations in St. Joseph County and bringing 150 jobs to the area.
Tejas Tubular is asking for a tax abatement to move forward with the project. The county council gave the plan a “favorable recommendation” Tuesday night.
The company’s current facilities are all in Texas but many of their products go to West Virginia and Pennsylvania. They see St. Joseph County as a great location for a facility because it will help them cut transportation costs.
The locks could soon be coming off the gates at the vacant Scott Brass building in New Carlisle, Ind.
“We’ve done research and have been looking for a while,” said Max Tejeda Jr., chief operating officer for Tejas Tubular. “We just happened upon it.”
Tejas Tubular, which makes tubes for the gas and oil industry, hopes to have its newest facility housed in the empty building.
“If everything goes as planned we will start on the facility at the end of August and be in full production by mid to late November,” Tejeda said.
The company already has four facilities in Texas. New Carlisle would be the first outside the state.
“We were lucky to find such a nice community,” Tejeda said.
And, it is an area that the Tejeda family is no stranger to.
“We have some roots here,” Tejeda said. “My father moved to Michigan City when he was 12 years old. My grandmother still lives in Michigan City.”
Tejeda went before the county council to lay out the plan.
“Much of what they have said to me sounds very encouraging,” said county council member Daniel Herbster.
Tejeda said that moving into New Carlisle is a smart business decision. It would also bring new opportunities for local residents since there will be more than 100 jobs up for grabs.
“We would like to be involved with Ivy Tech to get people already on the ground with basic skills so we can continue to grow our business and grow with employees,” he said.
The company has an interest in having the tax abatement process happen quickly because a legal ruling expected this fall could open up the market in their industry. They want to be ready to start production in New Carlisle by this fall to take advantage of the opportunity.
Hourly wages for jobs at the new facility range from $9 to $36.