The world’s largest tools and storage company has announced plans to open a 300,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Mission.
Stanley Black & Decker has signed a multi-year lease on a facility in the city’s south-side industrial complex, Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas confirmed Wednesday. Salinas said the maker of DEWALT power tool products will bring 496 new “well paying” manufacturing jobs to the city. He said the plant will be located next door to Royal Technologies, a company located at 1200 Trinity Street that specializes in advanced injection molding and manufactures the plastic carrying cases for Stanley Black & Decker.
The company announced the facility is expected to begin operations in early 2018.
“The opening of our third manufacturing facility in Texas augments our strategy of making where we sell, reinforcing our long-standing commitment to making in America and making in Texas,” said Jeff Ansell, President of the company’s Global Tools and Storage business in a company press release. “We have continuously manufactured in the U.S. since 1843, and we are the first tool company to proudly bring manufacturing back to the USA in recent times. We continue to strengthen and expand our U.S.-based manufacturing capabilities and we believe that this newest expansion in Texas will enable further acceleration of our Made in the USA with global materials portfolio.”
“The Mission Economic Development Corporation (Mission EDC) team has been working with Stanley Black & Decker for the past several months and we are excited to see their hard work has paid off,” Salinas said. “It’s a great day for Mission and a great day for the Rio Grande Valley when a company of this caliber decides to invest in our region. These are exactly the type of jobs that we want to attract to our city, and this investment shows that Mission is an attractive location for major employers to locate and grow.”
According to its press release, Stanley Black & Decker operates approximately 30 manufacturing facilities in the United States, which produce a broad range of products under major brands such as STANLEY, PROTO, LISTA, VIDMAR, CRAFTSMAN and DEWALT. Over the past three years, the company has added 40 percent more manufacturing employees in the United States, and added manufacturing capacity in North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Maryland and more.
Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 and FORTUNE 500 company, is the world’s leading provider of tools and storage, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security company, and a leading engineered fastening systems provider, with unique growth platforms in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries, according to the company press release.
According to one published report the company is expected to invest as much as $25 million in the new facility.
Mike Willis, executive director of the South Texas Manufacturers Association said studies show the type of facility Black & Decker plans has a ripple effect of creating nearly as many related service jobs in the neighboring community as those provided by the company.
He said typically wages for a facility the size Black & Decker is bringing to Mission include $8 to $10 per hour for unskilled labor, $11 to $12 per hour for maintenance worker, $10 to $14 per hour for machine operators and $20 per hour or more for tool and die workers, highly skilled machinists and supervisors.”
“I’m not speaking about what Black and Decker is doing, specifically, I’m saying generally based on wage and benefit surveys this is what we might expect,” Willis said.