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Industrial park earns 'super' certification

Post Date:12/17/2015 11:25 AM

The City of San Angelo’s Business and Industrial Park has been designated as AEP Texas’ first certified “Super Park” site by McCallum-Sweeney Consultants. 

McCallum-Sweeney is a leading international site selection consulting firm that has assisted companies such as Northrop Grumman, Harley-Davidson and Nissan. McCallum-Sweeney identified food and beverage processing, general machinery, and paper products manufacturing as targeted industries for the park, which boasts 746.7 acres of land at FM 380 and Loop 306, with utilities, available for development. Business Park_2_cropped

American Electric Power, parent corporation of AEP Texas, hired McCallum-Sweeny to develop and manage the certification process. AEP’s Quality Site Program aims to increase the number of project-ready industrial sites in communities served by the electric provider. 

The five-year certification enhances the business park’s marketability and improves San Angelo’s inventory of industrial properties.

“This program satisfies a growing need from companies looking for sites that are ready to develop and free from risk,” said Fred Hernandez, AEP Texas’ community affairs manager. “I’m pleased to say San Angelo will join a small list of progressive communities in the nation that have completed this rigorous site certification process.”

McCallum-Sweeney facilitates the location of operations involving manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, headquarters, back office/shared services, and contact centers.

“Companies are not willing to wait for a community to find an appropriate site and determine its suitability for development,” said Lindsey Myers, senior consultant and director of site readiness programs for McCallum-Sweeny. “That due diligence needs to be completed in advance of a prospect visit.”

John Bariou, president of the City of San Angelo Development Corp. board, added that the COSADC understands “decision-making timeframes for companies continue to shrink. Therefore, location decisions demand sites that are shovel-ready for development.” 

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