Manufacturer to move headquarters from California to Central Texas
Merrick Engineering, Inc., which makes plastic and injection-molded consumer products, announced Wednesday that it’s moving its headquarters from Corona Calif., to Waco and plans to build a 400,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility along with the corporate offices.
The project represents a $33 million investment, the company said.
“Merrick Engineering is a long tenured corporate citizen of Waco, and we are proud they have chosen our community as the location for their future growth. That they will also move their corporate headquarters to Waco from California, further affirms this city as an emerging destination for professional talent and business growth,” Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver said.
Work on the new facility will begin next year on a 71-acre tract in the Texas Central Park and should be completed by the end of 2021, the company said.
Merrick will retain its existing local workforce of 150 employees and will create 20 new positions, 10 of them headquarter professional jobs, the company said.
Merrick received approval for a grant through the Waco McLennan County Economic Development Corporation for “incentivized land pricing, rail infrastructure improvements and job creation” and was “approved for a multi-year business grant from the City of Waco and McLennan County for property taxes, both of the agreements are based upon investment and job commitments,” the company said.
The company manufactures and distributes a variety of products including plastic hangers and home goods to retailers in the U.S. Canada and Latin America.
“We are very excited for Merrick’s new expansion and the opportunity the city of Waco has provided us to grow once more,” said Ali Jawady, operations manager for Merrick Engineering.