Waterlogic USA is joining other companies including Gamestop and Kubota Tractor by basing its headquarters in the Tarrant County city near DFW International Airport.
The company, founded in 1992, joins Japan-based Kubota Tractor as an international company locating its North American base in Grapevine. Kubota opened its North American headquarters there in 2017.
Waterlogic USA Inc., a U.K.-based global manufacturer of drinking water dispensers, plans to consolidate operations spread across the country, while establishing a new North American headquarters in Grapevine, according to a statement.
Casey Taylor, CEO of Waterlogic USA, said the project, which includes its new headquarters and a Center of Excellence, will also feature a second manufacturing facility at the Grapevine campus in addition to its China plant. In its products, Waterlogic combines water filtration with UV purification, and adds a special silver anti-microbial protection.
“In evaluating a comprehensive strategy, North Texas’ pro-business environment, access to quality labor, and central location solidified our decision to enter the market,” Taylor said in a statement. “This will give Waterlogic a competitive advantage to further stake our claim as a top tier provider of water purification dispensers and sustainability.”
Waterlogic to receive a Texas Enterprise Fund grant
Waterlogic USA’s new project is expected to create 164 jobs and more than $1.6 million in capital investment, according to a statement.
The Texas Enterprise Fund extended Waterlogic USA a grant of $524,400, and Taylor said the grant was “a huge contributing factor” in the company’s decision, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“It makes it relatively easy to grow and be successful without draconian measures being brought upon you,” Taylor told the Star-Telegram concerning Texas’ business-friendly incentives and no personal income tax in Texas.
Taylor noted that hiring should ramp up in the next 12 to 18 months, although the first 50 to 75 employees will come to the campus in the coming weeks.
Grapevine was chosen as Waterlogic’s U.S. headquarters after a nationwide search including such cities as Salt Lake City, and Reno, Nevada. Other locations in Kentucky and Tennessee were looked at as well.
Taylor said Grapevine rose to the top because of its affordable cost of living, labor pool, and central location in the nation. The proximity to an international airport played a role, too, he noted.
Waterlogic consolidates offices to one location
Waterlogic’s main U.S. offices have been spread between Northern California, Connecticut, and Delaware. Taylor told the Star-Telegram that those offices will remain open after the Grapevine headquarters is opened.
This is not Waterlogic’s first foray in DFW, it previously acquired Fort Worth-based Pure Water Technology in 2018.
“As a world class firm, Waterlogic complements our current economic base and will make important ongoing contributions to the DFW region and state of Texas tech sector,” Bob Farley, the city of Grapevine’s director of economic development, said in a statement from Gov. Abbott.
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