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Mount Pleasant Wins State Award for RoadClipper Downtown Headquarters Project

For Release October 12, 2023

TEDC Honors Cities with Community Economic Development Awards

The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) has announced the recipients of its annual Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA) for 2023.

The awards will be presented at the Award Luncheon at the TEDC’s 2023 Annual Conference on Thursday, October 12th, 2023 in Houston Texas.

The Community Economic Development Award program recognizes exceptional contributions of TEDC member cities toward the economic vitality of their communities and the state of Texas through creativity, leadership, and partnership in the achievement of business retention, business recruitment and community improvement.

The CEDA committee received twenty-four applications this year. Nominees were judged on five criteria: innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives, and secondary benefits.

Communities nominated included: Population Less than 10,000 – Brookshire, Hillsboro, Kaufman, Lamesa and Lorena. Population 10,001 to 20,000 – Calhoun County, El Campo, Granbury, Mount Pleasant, Terrell and Tomball. Population 20,001 to 50,000 – Boerne/Kendall County, Celina, Fate, Greenville, Lancaster, Seguin, Sherman, Stephenville and The Colony. Population 50,001 to 100,000 – Cedar Park, Georgetown, Missouri City, San Angelo, Orange County and Pharr. Population 100,001 to 250,000 – Allen, Mesquite, Sugar Land and Abilene. Population 250,001 and Above – Austin, Waco/McLennan County, Corpus Christi and Lubbock.

The 2023 CEDA recipients in population categories are:

Population Less than 10,000: Lorena Economic Development Corporation
Population 10,001 to 20,000: Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation
Population 20,001 to 50,000: Sherman Economic Development Corporation
Population 50,001 to 100,000: Orange County Economic Development Corporation
Population 100,001 to 250,000: Development Corporation of Abilene
Population 250,001 and Above: Lubbock Economic Development Alliance

Innovativeness: Allen Economic Development Corporation
Transferability: Seguin Economic Development Corporation
Community Commitment and Leverage: Calhoun County
Measured Objectives: City of Waco and McLennan County
Secondary Benefits: Hillsboro Economic Development Corporation

“Our Community Economic Development Award is one of the ways in which our organization honors the excellent work done by our communities, their leaders, and their economic development professionals,” noted Ray Dunlap, 2023 Board Chair of the Texas Economic Development Council. “Each community nominated achieved excellence in economic development and substantially improved the economic base of their respective regions. The recipient communities in each population category were recognized for extraordinary accomplishments in meeting the criteria set forth in the nomination process.”

The TEDC provides information, education and legislative services to its members to foster the expansion of existing businesses, the location of new firms and the development of strategies that promote a positive business climate in Texas. With 1,000 members, the TEDC is the largest state economic development association in the nation.

Background: 

On May 4, 2023, Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation (MPEDC) announced RoadClipper Enterprises, Inc. (RoadClipper) would purchase a deteriorating historical and landmark downtown property to establish its headquarters. The homegrown, family-owned trailer manufacturer is scaling quickly. From 2018 to 2023, RoadClipper grew in employment from 225 employees to nearly 900, with tens of millions of investment in equipment and in 50+ acres of real estate in the City along the way. The company expects to grow beyond 1,200 employees by 2026.

The property purchased by the company, located at 301 N. Madison Avenue, includes an entire city block and some of the most iconic and spacious buildings in the community. The facility’s trademark front-facing white paint and stately columns have become a favorite backdrop for local photographers. The property originally belonged to First Baptist Church, being first constructed in the early 20th century.

While the project is an important redevelopment and adaptive reuse project for a fast-growing primary job creator in a rural community, it also benefits the community in other key aspects. These additional elements include developing a hybrid coworking space that integrates the headquarters facility operations for both public benefit and entrepreneurship support, creating a large meeting space and community arts theater (church sanctuary), fulfilling the City’s 2050 Comprehensive Plan which was completed in June 2022, and creating public green space in the downtown area.

The journey to successful purchase of the HQ facility required multiple stakeholders, methodical real estate takedowns, and mutual commitment/trust from both private and public sectors.

Project Numbers:

  • Public commitment: $2.2 million over 10 years
  • Private investment: minimum $5 million
  • Jobs: 75 minimum 
  • Average Wages: $60,000 base salary minimum (expected to be closer to $100,000/year)

Quotes from CEO Jeffery Crabb:

“This facility will be a key part of our ability to continue attracting high quality people and talent to come and grow with us in Mount Pleasant,” said Crabb.

“It will be buzzing with many types of business professionals including marketing, branding, IT, HR, R&D, supply chain, finance, and more,” Crabb added. “Plus, we want it to be the nexus for other businesses and entrepreneurs, economic development services and resources, aspiring leaders, and hopefully students and interns too!”

“We will revitalize this iconic and historic building to serve as our corporate headquarters,” said Mr. Crabb. “But beyond that, the property will also be a hub for local business and leadership development far beyond RoadClipper and Diamond C. It will be a catalyst for the advancement of our community, which is a win-win for all.”

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RoadClipper Enterprises to Locate Corporate Headquarters in Downtown Mount Pleasant, TX

 

Mount Pleasant, Texas – May 4, 2023

Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce that RoadClipper Enterprises, Inc has purchased a historic and landmark downtown property to establish its headquarters.

The property, located at 301 N. Madison Avenue, includes an entire city block and some of the tallest and most spacious buildings in the community. The facility’s trademark front-facing white paint and stately columns have become a favorite backdrop for local photographers. The property originally belonged to First Baptist Church.

“I used to go to Sunday School class somewhere in one of these buildings and I was married here,” said CEO Jeffery Crabb during a recent tour of the property, which comprises four separate buildings.

“We will revitalize this iconic and historic building to serve as our corporate headquarters,” said Crabb. “But beyond that, the property will also be a hub for local business and leadership development far beyond RoadClipper and Diamond C. It will be a catalyst for the advancement of our community, which is a win-win for all.”

RoadClipper Enterprises is the parent company of Diamond C Trailers and other subsidiaries. The firm has rapidly expanded into multiple campuses throughout the community during the past four years.

In 2018, the company employed approximately 225 employees. Today, that number has swelled to more than 850 and there are no signs of stopping. RoadClipper projects to hire close to 80 new jobs at its headquarters location.

RoadClipper was founded in Mount Pleasant, TX in 1985, doing business as Diamond C Trailers. Since 1992, Diamond C’s campus has been located in Cypress Industrial Park with other major employers like international food manufacturer Newly Weds Foods, and most recently, Local Bounti, which is a publicly traded firm that broke ground on 451,000 SF of greenhouse space on January 4, 2023.

Crabb said his company made the decision to purchase the downtown facility to fuel the growth and success of its team-members, its customers, and the community.

“This facility will be a key part of our ability to continue attracting high quality people and talent to come and grow with us in Mount Pleasant,” said Crabb.

“It will be buzzing with many types of business professionals including marketing, branding, IT, HR, R&D, supply chain, finance, and more,” Crabb added. “Plus, we want it to be the nexus for other businesses and entrepreneurs, economic development services and resources, aspiring leaders, and hopefully students and interns too!”

Crabb stated the company is growing at 30% per year. RoadClipper, Crabb said, could see another 400 jobs being added in Mount Pleasant within the next five years.

Nathan Tafoya, Executive Director for Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation, said the headquarters project hits a rare trifecta of community benefits.

“While this project surpasses customary economic development thresholds of primary job creation and tax base expansion with its high-paying back-office jobs, it also touches on secondary investment goals in the form of redevelopment & beautification of a languishing, vacant facility,” said Tafoya. “It just so happens that downtown investment and placemaking happen to be strategically aligned to the City’s 2050 Comprehensive Plan adopted in June 2022.”

“Lastly, this project represents the retention and expansion of a major manufacturer,” said Tafoya. “MPEDC had been aware for several months that RoadClipper was vertically integrating and scaling but had begun running out of space and had begun broad property searches.”

Tafoya said there is tangible excitement about the economic impact of RoadClipper’s purchase from those who know about the HQ project.

The economic development project received support from multiple community groups, including written support from Laura’s Cheesecake, Nardello’s, and Jos (Coffee) Downtown restaurants.

City officials believe the company’s growth trajectory and HQ presence will further diversify the City’s economy and workforce offerings.

“We are pleased that RoadClipper Enterprises has chosen Downtown Mount Pleasant and the former First Baptist Church for its new headquarters,” said Ed Thatcher, City Manager of Mount Pleasant.

“Welcoming a major employer to the heart of our community is an important achievement for the MPEDC, the City, and other stakeholders including the downtown merchants. We look forward to the positive economic impact RoadClipper’s presence will bring.”

Through a 10-year performance agreement, MPEDC is assisting the HQ project with an assistance package valued at $2.22 million.

RoadClipper has committed to hire at least 75 net new jobs with an average wage of $60,000 per year and spend a minimum $5 million in qualified expenditures.

“Economic impact for this HQ project in wages alone are at least $4.5 million per year, excluding benefits,” said Tafoya. “Future economic impacts as renovations complete will bring additional community benefit in the form of property taxes.”

RoadClipper has not requested any property tax abatements for its headquarters. City Council unanimously approved MPEDC’s assistance package on April 4, 2023.

Crabb said the community might need to be patient throughout the summer before it sees noticeable changes along Madison Ave.

“The community should not expect to see much change over the next several months as the design and architecture phases of the project are underway,” said Crabb. “Then renovation construction should ramp up around the end of the year with a grand opening sometime in late 2024.”

According to Tafoya, Mount Pleasant is benefiting from massive manufacturing investments, which is signaling subsequent industrial, commercial, and residential growth throughout the community.

“We are in the middle of a three-year stretch wherein local industries are investing more than $120+ million to construct more than a half million total square feet of manufacturing space,” he said. “I think we’ve had a crane in the air, somewhere in our micropolitan community, every day for a full year now.”

Tafoya stated that with other amenities coming online, like a new steakhouse and Chick-fil-A, a new mixed-use development on Interstate 30 and Tankersley Lake, and large infrastructure investments by the City of Mount Pleasant, the community continues to position itself for future success and opportunities.

“From a development perspective, the next five years are going to be a lot of fun around here,” said Tafoya.   //

 

 

 

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2023 State of the Economy Luncheon

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CFA Breaks Ground in Mount Pleasant, TX & On-Site Interview

The MPEDC, Mount Pleasant Texas Chamber of Commerce, & City of Mount Pleasant, Texas – Government all thought creatively, worked hard, & sacrificed to maximize the highest & best use of real estate at a key city intersection, the NE corner of Jefferson Ave & US Hwy 67. MPEDC appreciates & values everyone’s participation & effort on this project. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Executive Director, Nathan Tafoya, was privileged to interview Chick-fil-A’s Mt. Pleasant franchise owner, Chuck Howard, on-site. Listen to the video below to learn more about the grand opening, restaurant layout, job opportunities, and more.

Mount Pleasant, Texas Groundbreaking Ceremony 1.18.2023

Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas Annual Awards

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2022 HireAbility Award:Pilgrim's-Mt. Pleasant/Pittsburg
The We Hire Ability program recognizes Texas employers for their commitment to hiring people with disabilities, and for their efforts to create an inclusive workforce. Employers with at least 10 percent of their Texas-based workforce comprising people with disabilities, are eligible to receive a We Hire Ability decal to display on their storefront and a digital decal to display on their website.
2022 Large Employer of the Year: Diamond C Trailers
The Large Employer of the Year Award honors a large private-sector employer whose efforts and initiatives have an extraordinary effect on the state of Texas, workers, other employers, and the communities in which the employer does business.
2022 Partnership Award: Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation
For the past four years, MPEDC & its Board of Directors have committed at least $50,000 to invest in workforce training. The investment is matched dollar-for-dollar, in a competitive statewide grant, by the Texas Workforce Commission.
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Local Bounti Corp. (NYSE: LOCL, LOCL WS) Breaks Ground in Mount Pleasant, Texas

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Local Bounti Breaks Ground at New High-Tech Controlled Environment Agriculture Facility in Texas to Support Growing Demand

Currently operating the largest national distribution footprint in the industry, future operations in Texas signal Local Bounti’s commitment to reduce food miles throughout the United States

HAMILTON, Montana, January 4, 2023 – Local Bounti Corporation (NYSE: LOCL, LOCL WS), a leading U.S. controlled environment agriculture (CEA) company committed to growing locally and distributing nationally with the largest distribution footprint in the industry, today announced construction on a new state-of-the-art indoor facility in Mount Pleasant, Texas. 

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, Local Bounti will begin construction of a six-acre, Phase 1, facility, which will leverage the Company’s proprietary Stack & Flow Technology™ to grow and sell its indoor grown line of packaged leafy greens. Varieties include spring mix, butter lettuce, romaine crisp, green leaf, and additional blends. The facility is expected to commence operations in the fourth quarter of 2023. The facility will be located on 39 acres inside the city’s Cypress Industrial Park.

“Mount Pleasant is thrilled to welcome Local Bounti to the region,” said Nathan Tafoya, Executive Director of the Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation.

“By merging the best aspects of vertical and greenhouse growing technologies, Local Bounti adds a much desired agri-tech ingredient to Mount Pleasant’s rich history in food production. As Local Bounti’s chosen Texas location for up to 50 new jobs, $80+ million investment, and multiple planned phases surpassing an 800,000 square foot total build-out, Mount Pleasant looks forward to growing with Local Bounti for many years to come.”

The addition of the new facility in northeast Texas is expected to fortify Local Bounti’s distribution in markets across Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri. Further, the facility is designed to provide additional capacity to meet existing demand from Local Bounti’s direct relationships with blue-chip retailers and distributors throughout the region.

“Local Bounti is excited to call Mount Pleasant home to our latest facility in a rapidly expanding national footprint. Future local operations will help us answer existing customer demand within the Lone Star State and adjacent markets,” said Craig Hurlbert, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Local Bounti.

The construction phase of the facility will begin immediately and is expected to generate approximately 50 direct jobs in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Once the facility is operational in the fourth quarter of 2023, Local Bounti expects to generate approximately 200 direct and indirect jobs throughout Titus County.

Local Bounti is building one of the largest networks of high-tech CEA facilities in the U.S. with the ability to grow sustainable, fresh produce year-round, providing consumers with extended shelf life versus traditional farming methods.

About Local Bounti

Local Bounti Corporation (NYSE: LOCL, LOCL WS), is changing how food is grown and delivered to kitchen tables by utilizing patent-pending Stack & Flow Technology™ to locally grow a variety of fresh, delicious, and sustainable products 365 days a year and distribute nationally with the largest distribution footprint in the controlled environment agriculture industry. The company operates advanced indoor facilities with its two brands: Local Bounti® and Pete’s®, reducing the food miles required to ship to consumers across the United States. Our team is delivering on Local Bounti’s promise to increase produce shelf life, reduce waste, conserve water, address food scarcity in local communities, and lower GHG emissions. To find out more, visit localbounti.com or eatpetes.com, or follow Local Bounti on LinkedIn for the latest news and developments.

If interested in interviewing Local Bounti executives or learning about the company’s products and operations, including patent-pending Stack & Flow Technology ™, please contact press@localbounti.com. For investor news and information, please contact investors@localbounti.com.

About Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation

The City of Mount Pleasant, Texas Industrial Development Corporation, dba Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation’s (MPEDC) Mission is to promote economic development in the City of Mount Pleasant and Titus County by supporting initiatives designed to increase jobs and private investment primarily in the manufacturing sector through real property development, workforce pipeline and training development, infrastructure extensions, and identifying opportunities to address evolving business ecosystem needs.

MPEDC exists to promote Mount Pleasant as a premier location for business, targeting key industries that provide high wage jobs and future sustainability for the community. MPEDC is the primary point of contact for existing businesses and prospective businesses, site selectors, developers, and community stakeholders to obtain technical expertise and support services necessary to properly evaluate business opportunities in the city.

The organization is organized under the Texas Municipal Code as a Type A Economic Development Corporation.  The Board which governs action of the Corporation consist of five members appointed by the Mount Pleasant City Council to two-year terms.  The organization is required to comply with the Texas Open Meetings Law.  The Corporation may do business under the name Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation (MPEDC). The Corporation’s activities are funded by a 3/8 cent sales tax approved by the voters in a general election in 1993. The Board’s approved budget and expenditures must be approved by the City Council.

The Mount Pleasant Economic Development staff is always ready to help you expand or relocate your business here in Mount Pleasant, Texas. With years of experience in economic development, businesses will find the knowledge and support they need to succeed.

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