Strategically located on Interstate 10 and Interstate 35 corridors just outside San Antonio at the northeast gateway to Austin, the City of Schertz is a premier Texas community. The City actively seeks to create a welcoming and exciting place to conduct business and call home. Schertz’ current growth and economic prosperity can be attributed to its diverse economic base and pro-business climate. Schertz has a highly educated and relatively young workforce which helps insure that the community and its economy will continue to possess the talent and skills needed to prosper well into the 21st century. The Schertz Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) invites new and existing businesses to explore the many reasons to choose and expand in Schertz.
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SEDC Welcomes Jennifer Kolbe
Earlier this week, Jennifer Kolbe joined the SEDC as the Business Retention Manager. As part of Jennifer’s responsibilities she will work with existing businesses, workforce development initiatives and represents the SEDC at various chamber and business related meetings. Jennifer has extensive economic development experience having worked in both municipal government and for a major electric utility. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from Texas Lutheran University and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.
Industrial Developers Sold On Schertz
It means the right location is everything, and the Schertz location has proven to be the right place for developers within the San Antonio and Austin industrial market.
In fact, developers have so much confidence in Schertz that they are building hundreds of thousands of square feet without having tenants lined up to move in.
The San Antonio Business Journal is following the construction activity in Schertz closely. Several recent articles have reported that the Atlanta based-Robinson Weeks Partners are working on their third speculative building in Schertz since 2014.
Robinson Weeks Partners plans to build a 359,200 square feet building on Lookout Road within Titan’s 124-acre industrial park. The project is expected to be finished next spring.
Robinson Weeks Partners previously built a 315,362 square foot speculative building in 2014 and then built another 324,812 square foot building late last year. The first building is fully leased and most of the second building has been leased.
Robinson Weeks Partners isn’t alone in focusing on Schertz; two other speculative buildings are being built around the corner on Doerr Lane. Connor Commercial and Markaz joined forces to build a 213,864 square foot building which will be completed later this summer. The second building is being constructed across the street by Industrial Group Southwest. That 151,250 square foot building will be completed early next year.
What is it about Schertz that has attracted so much investment by national developers to take a positive bet on our suburban city?
The answer is simple according to Kimberly Gatley, Senior Vice President & Director of Research for REOC San Antonio. “The San Antonio market is prime for new development, and there are only a few pockets for it to go – Schertz is one of the few,” Gatley said.
San Antonio market reports show that approximately 90 percent of industrial space is occupied, leaving roughly 10 percent of available industrial space for prospective tenants. Of the 10 percent vacant space, most of it is “functionally obsolete compared to modern day facilities and require renovation,” said Gatley. “This and the amount of space that big fish companies are looking to move into have filled the San Antonio market’s available inventory, leaving only a few pockets for new development,” she said.
Kyle Kinateder, Executive Director of the Schertz Economic Development Corporation, said “there are a number of reasons developers are looking to Schertz for their projects which include: Schertz’ business friendly environment, strong workforce, location and proximity to San Antonio and Austin, availability of land, and our existing infrastructure. All of these factors convey the message that Schertz is a good bet.”
Furthermore, five Fortune 500 companies have chosen to make substantial investments here, serving as an added testament to developers and companies alike that Schertz is a strong market to invest into.
Business Momentum Means Progress
Schertz’ locational advantage was recognized long before Amazon.com chose Schertz for it’s a giant Fulfillment Center. Growth began in the mid 1990’s in the Tri-County Industrial Park and slowly grew over the next 20 years.
Growth accelerated in 2010 when Sysco Foods was relocating its major Central Texas distribution operations to Schertz. That was followed by the announcement that Caterpillar selected Schertz for its manufacturing facility.
In 2014, Amazon.com announced its 1.2 million square foot facility which triggered an additional wave of development in 2015 and continuing through this year – where development will add an additional 1.2 million square feet of new industrial space in Schertz.
According to Gatley, “big companies have a magnetic effect that attracts other affiliated companies to the area.” Amazon’s decision to locate in Schertz motivated others like FedEx Ground to relocate into their new 202,763 square foot facility also on Doerr Lane.
The speculative move by Robinson Weeks Partners and others in Schertz has begun to pay off. Tenants such as Keystone Automotive, Goodman Networks, Wilsonart Art, Major Wire and Berger Transport & Storage have relocated to the area and are occupying the speculative space. With each new tenant, Schertz’ premier location is reemphasized.
It really is all about “location, location, location.”
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Address: 1400 Schertz Parkway, Bldg. 2, Schertz, Texas 78154