Progress was the buzz word of the day as Emerson Process Management’s Regulator Technologies business broke ground Tuesday to mark the start of construction of its $25 million global headquarters. As a corporate anchor tenant in The Gateway development at the interchange of U.S. 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway, the new global Regulator Technologies headquarters will house a world-class research facility and “flow lab” that will enable the company to test its regulator products in real-world plant conditions.
McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller told the Emerson executives and employees, city leaders and the representatives of Collin College who were in attendance, that the groundbreaking is a positive thing for the City of McKinney, saying that this is a premier opportunity for the city to impact the way for future development. He also said that the city's partnership with Emerson and Collin College is a cornerstone for the City of McKinney, and thanked Emerson for over 50 years of service to the community.
The Chairman of the McKinney Economic Development Board of Directors, Keith Clifton, said that Emerson's decision to build their headquarters at Gateway is an example of "growing McKinney from within as well as recruiting (business) from without."
The three-story, 128,000-square-foot building will also include offices, a customer training center, and a fitness center for approximately 130 highly skilled, professional employees in engineering, research and development, marketing, sales, finance and procurement.
McKinney Economic Development Corporation's (MEDC) Director of Business Retention Expansion and Emerging Technology, John Valencia, opened the groundbreaking ceremony, saying, "This is an exciting day for the city. There has been so much talk about changing the landscape of our community. I look forward to this being a perfect example of growing the community in a positive way."
Both Mayor Loughmiller and Valencia alluded to progress as they discussed what having a corporate headquarters such as Emerson built in the Gateway development means to the City of McKinney.
Mayor Loughmiller said, "What's important is that people (residents of McKinney) want to see activity here (Gateway). People are tired of hearing us talk about it - they want to see progress, to actually see equipment at work here so they can believe that things are happening."
"This project (Gateway) has been dormant for so long. This is the heartbeat of the project and I think this is the beginning of a synergy to start building," Valencia said.
Larry Flatt, Group Vice President for Emerson Process Management, told guests that building their $25 million headquarters in McKinney represents a long-term commitment to the city.
Flatt said Emerson chose McKinney because of the availability of skilled workers, access to good transportation, including the airport, an outstanding school system, the accessibility to excellent health care facilities and because of the city's support of businesses of all sizes. He also cited the proximity of McKinney to Dallas and the larger metropolitan area as a plus.
The architect for the project is Fox Architects and the general contractor is Tribble & Stephens Constructors, Ltd. LML Group LLC will serve as the project management firm, and Kimley-Horn and Associates as the civil engineering firm. Clive Samuels & Associates, Inc. is the mechanical and electrical engineering firm, and Larson Engineering is the structural engineering firm. Construction is expected to be complete by late 2013.
Photo: Emerson's Randy Paige during interview with NBC 5, Dallas.
Emerson Process Management delivers automation and process control technologies and services to the oil and gas, power, chemical, refining, and other industries. Its Regulator Technologies business offers more pressure regulator and relief valve solutions than any other manufacturer in the world. McKinney and the North Dallas area are home to key oil and gas equipment suppliers that Emerson serves.
The current Regulator Technologies headquarters is located at 310 East University Drive in McKinney. Emerson has been a part of the McKinney community for more than 50 years and is a strong supporter of charitable initiatives, including education, community welfare, and arts. The headquarters relocation is made possible through a partnership between the City of McKinney and Emerson.
Photo: Mayor Brian Loughmiller (R) joins City Manager Jason Grey (2nd from left) and representatives from Emerson Process Management, in breaking ground for the new Emerson headquarters at the Gateway development. Photo courtesy of the McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau.
About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing, and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences, and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management, and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb™, Syncade™, DeltaV™, Fisher®, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Daniel™, Ovation™, and AMS Suite.
Editor's Note: TSB publisher Angie Bado contributed to this report, which originated from Emerson Process Management.