Work is underway on a $100 million manufacturing facility on the Brooks City-Base campus, which will serve as the manufacturing headquarters for Nexolon America.
The project, which is part of an agreement between OCI Solar Power and CPS Energy, will create some 400 jobs in the corporate office and facility.
Speaking at a small press conference on Wednesday, Scot Arey, Executive Vice President for Nexolon America, said the work on the 240,000 square foot facility began four months ago, and foundation piers have already been installed. Plumbing and electrical groundwork will begin soon.
“Every time I drive in to Brooks City Base, I am absolutely blown away by how beautiful and the improvements that are going along, and what I want to do today is describe some of what we're doing right now,” Arey said.
Precinct 4 Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, and Brooks City-Base President and CEO Leo Gomez were also on hand to speak about the importance of the new facility.
“Solar energy, which Texas has no lack of, this is a no-brainer,” said Adkisson. “I don't know how New Jersey gets to be number two at solar energy. I understand California, but Texas not being number 2 in solar energy, there's something disturbing about that.”
To date, 40 jobs have already been created as a result of the project, with another 350-plus jobs to be filled in the coming months. Gomez said the project will attract other businesses to Brooks City-Base.
“I can say with great confidence that by the end of the calendar year, including the 400 wonderful jobs that will come as a result of Nexelon, we will have over 3,000 people working full time working here on Brooks City-Base,” Gomez said.
The expected completion date of the facility is Spring 2014, with service to customers slated to begin next summer.
A job fair to begin hiring qualified workers will be held in September.