Family-owned building supplier El Clavo Lumber was pleased to announce their new location site in Harlingen on April 6, 2016, made possible by a partnership with Harlingen Economic Development Corporation. El Clavo Lumber was founded in Brownsville in 1975 by William R. Buchhols. More recently, his daughter Tanya Rodriguez and son-in- law David Rodriguez, bought and now run the large lumber and building supply store.
The new location at 114 North H Street on the west side of downtown Harlingen, allows El Clavo the advantage of serving western Cameron County, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Starr Counties, thus efficiently saving time and money. “We view Harlingen as a city with long-term growth potential, and we are honored by the outstanding support we’ve received from the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation,” stated owner David Rodriguez.
Harlingen Economic Development Corporation and the City of Harlingen agreed to reimburse the cost of a rail spur extension through a rebate of a portion of the local sales tax generated by El Clavo. “Basically, we are refunding what we otherwise wouldn’t get without El Clavo locating here. And we are improving infrastructure at the same time,” stated Harlingen Economic Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer Raudel Garza.
The 380 Agreement with El Clavo also requires a specific level of employment and investment be made by the company. Harlingen Economic Development Corporation and the City approved this agreement also as an effort to enhance downtown and to help rid the community of blighted buildings.