MGC Pure Chemicals America Inc. Opens Manufacturing Plant in Killeen
MGC Pure Chemicals America Inc. (MPCA), celebrated the grand opening of its new manufacturing plant in the Killeen Business Park earlier today. The plant produces products for use in the semiconductor industry. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2017. The Killeen Economic Development Corporation (KEDC) authorized the conveyance of a total of 18.392 acres in the park to house the facility.
With a capital investment of approximately $32 million in land, building, machinery and equipment, MPCA becomes the second highest property tax generator in Killeen. MPCA estimates that it will employ 28 people at the facility with an average annual salary of $66,600 per year.
State Representative Brad Buckley, District 54, stated that MPCA’s sole facility in Texas adds to the growing base of advanced manufacturing in the State. Bell County Judge David Blackburn added that MPCA’s presence is diversifying the industrial base in Bell County.
Attending the ceremony were key leaders from MPCA, their parent company Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. (MGC) based in Tokyo, Japan, their financial partners, their largest client as well as company representatives from Gray Construction.
Also in attendance were local, county and state elected officials; board members for the KEDC, the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce and 14 Forward; former city mayors and KEDC presidents; as well as neighboring businesses in the Killeen Business Park.
Killeen City Mayor Jose Segarra presented a Proclamation which included designating March 15, 2019 as MGC Pure Chemicals America Day in Killeen.
Bobby Hoxworth, Treasurer of the KEDC, reaffirmed the economic impact of MPCA’s presence and operations in Killeen to be about $2.2 million in net benefits over a 10-year period to the city. Those direct and indirect benefits range from new jobs in advanced technology, sales revenue and increased property values.
“On behalf of all here today, and especially on behalf of our Killeen Economic Development Corporation, I want to thank the leaders of MPCA, MGC, their clients and investors for their confidence in this community and our local workforce. Our community has long focused on developing talent. Sometimes that talent comes in the form of a graduate from our local education system. Sometimes that talent comes in the form of a Soldier exiting the military at Fort Hood. We appreciate the fact that some of your employees come from those two sources. And, we are confident that with MGC’s know-how and leadership that local talent will produce superior products in this facility for many years to come,” concluded Hoxworth.
A ceremonial shovel from the ground-breaking ceremony held on August. 30, 2017 was presented to Jason Norfleet, MPCA plant manager.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees participated in group tours to view the process MPCA will utilize to produce Ultra-Pure Hydrogen Peroxide for applications that require stripping, etching, and cleaning of silicon wafers.