WALLER COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – Waller County and the Waller County Economic Development Partnership continue to attract more jobs and expand their tax base. Less than a year after attracting Amazon’s one-million square foot distribution center, MAN Diesel & Turbo has decided to move its North American headquarters to Waller County.
“It’s very rare to work with a company that is 260 years old. But that’s exactly what’s happening in Waller County,” said Waller County Economic Development Partnership Executive Director Vince Yokom.
MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new North America headquarters, owned by Houston-based Welcome Group, will house 105,309 square feet of air-conditioned service shop space and 32,125 square feet of office space. The project by Houston-based KDW is scheduled to take one year and will start in the second quarter of 2018.
The Augsburg, Germany-based manufacturer of marine propulsion systems and turbomachinery will combine its two current operations in Houston and Deer Park in order to broaden its equipment servicing capabilities in the new Twinwood location in Waller County.
“Our goal has been to bring our two Houston area operations under one roof,” notes Tony Ruegger, managing director of MAN Diesel & Turbo.
MAN Diesel & Turbo represents another in a long line of projects developed by Welcome Group and KDW, including several in Texas for Germany-based companies. The two firms also have teamed to develop millions of square feet of other commercial and industrial projects throughout the state.
“We are proud to kick off the business park at Twinwood and add to our four million square-foot Texas portfolio with a well-respected tenant such as MAN Diesel & Turbo,” says Waller County Economic Development Partner member, Welcome Wilson, Jr., president and CEO of Welcome Group. “After an extensive land search, the Twinwood site was selected for its quality location within the growing west Houston market.”
“The property offers global companies a convenient west Houston location with immediate access to Interstate 10,” says Glenn Plowman, president of Twinwood. “We’re thrilled to welcome MAN Diesel & Turbo as our first corporate resident.”
Waller County Judge, Trey Duhon commented, “We are very proud to have such a distinguished company, and industry leader coming to Waller County. MAN Diesel & Turbo represent best-in-class industry leadership. We want to thank WCEDP partners KDW and the Welcome group for bringing this opportunity to our community.”
MAN Diesel & Turbo traces its roots all the way back to the inventor of the diesel engine, Rudolf Diesel. Half of the world’s trade is powered by MAN marine engines, including those which power the CSCL Globe, one of the world’s largest container ships capable of transporting 19,100 containers, and Pioneering Spirit, the world’s largest vessel ever built in terms of gross tonnage, breadth and displacement. MAN Diesel & Turbo also offers a wide range of process turbomachinery, including compressors, steam turbines, expanders, and gas turbines for oil and gas, chemical processing, and general industrial applications.