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Industrial Real Estate Development

From Harlingen, Texas, we’re exploring the most exciting region for business and industry in America today…
the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

Harlingen offers many BIG opportunities to businesses looking to expand or relocate to South Texas... but it all starts with location. Harlingen has three prime locations for industrial real estate development that all offer terrific advantages. Find out more about these three parks and discover the benefits that come from doing business in Harlingen, Texas.

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Hundreds of Acres Available

That Offer Convenient Access to

2 Interstate Highways

3 International Bridges

1 International Airport

2 Seaports

Rail System

Harlingen Industrial Park

Harlingen Industrial Park, the future home of CARDONE Industries’ new 920,000 square foot distribution center, offers many appealing advantages to manufacturing and logistics companies looking to expand or relocate. The park offers the perfect location with all the necessary infrastructure in place, great financial incentives, and low utility rates. Land is shovel-ready and available in tract sizes up to 500+ acres.

Harlingen Aerotropolis

Just a quarter of a mile north of the Harlingen Industrial Park is the Harlingen Aerotropolis. The Harlingen Aerotropolis offers almost 500 acres of certified shovel-ready land with easy access to markets throughout the US and Mexico via multi-modal options. Major corporations like Southwest, United, Delta, United Launch Alliance, FedEx, DHL and others have established profitable and logistical locations within the Aerotropolis.

The Park at Roosevelt

The Park at Roosevelt is Harlingen’s newest industrial park. The 65-acre development is customizable to meet the needs of the tenant.

Located off I-69 E, the site offers access to Valley International Airport, the ports of Harlingen and Brownsville and international bridges.

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CARDONE Industries Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Harlingen Industrial Park for its new 920,000 square foot distribution facility.

Land at the Harlingen Industrial Park is shovel-ready and available in tract sizes up to 500+ acres.

Prime industrial property is available in the Harlingen Industrial Park. Hundreds of acres of shovel-ready land that is perfect for your development in Harlingen, the hub of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas.

Harlingen Industrial Park offers the perfect location with access to infrastructure and low utility rates.

Harlingen Industrial Park offers many appealing advantages to manufacturing and logistics companies looking to expand or relocate.

The Park at Roosevelt features 65 acres of ready-to-develop industrial property at the crossroads of the Rio Grande Valley. This site is an excellent location with easy access to I-69 and I-2.

The Park at Roosevelt is Harlingen’s newest industrial park. The 65-acre development is customizable to meet the needs of the tenant.

Located off I-69 E, the site offers access to Valley International Airport, the ports of Harlingen and Brownsville and international bridges.

The Harlingen Aerotropolis offers almost 500 acres of shovel-ready land.

The Harlingen Aerotropolis provides easy access to markets throughout the US and Mexico via multi-modal options.

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Announcer: From Harlingen, Texas, we're exploring the most exciting region for business and industry in America today. This is the big opportunity.

Raudel Garza: Last time we were talking, we had a little conversation about the Free Trade International Bridge at Los Indios and some of the opportunities that present themselves with that bridge. We talked about how, as an extension of that bridge, some of our other industries are impacted, and one of those being logistics. Of course, the logistics kind of ties into having warehouses, and industrial properties, and industrial land around town, so today we're going to talk a little bit about the Harlingen Industrial Park, some of the other industrial properties around town. Again, I'd like to welcome Kayla Thomas along, because Kayla's still learning about Harlingen.

Kayla Thomas: That's right. In early December, Raudel, I know the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation, the City of Harlingen, and Cameron County all joined together in a big joint announcement to welcome CARDONE Industries' newest distribution center to town. Tell me a little bit about this big project.

Raudel Garza: Well, CARDONE Industries, as some people may or may not know, is a remanufacturer of automotive parts. They're headquartered in Philadelphia. They have about 6,000 people working for them globally. About half of those are actually in South Texas and northern Mexico, and Matamoros, which is across the river from Harlingen, and here in Harlingen and then the Brownsville area as well. Just about a year ago, they moved a big part of their operations, which is the brake caliper remanufacturing, down into Matamoros, and along with that came a shift in how finished goods are being produced and then not only being produced, but shipped out to their customers. At that time, and even before that time, before when they made that move, there was some discussion internally, and even to what some of us who were privy to some of those discussions, about how they're going to handle the distribution. The announcement last time was that they decided to move a distribution center into Harlingen, Texas, to help with the Mexican operations.

The remanufacturing operator's operations in Mexico will be handled by new distribution center in Harlingen. That's 920,000 square feet, so that's a huge building, a huge project, and a huge impact to South Texas, to Harlingen, and the surrounding region. Obviously, we're excited about it, because it brings at least 515 new jobs to the area, but it brings so much more in terms of construction and some of the indirect benefits of having that size building.

Kayla Thomas: What benefits do we offer here in Harlingen that attracted CARDONE to our community?

Raudel Garza: Well, a lot... Obviously, what happens with a large-scale distribution center is that they carry a lot of inventory, and so one of the biggest incentives or benefits of being in Harlingen and in Cameron County is that inventory, at least at the school, city, and county levels, is not taxed if it meets certain requirements. That's what we call a Freeport Tax Exemption, so inventory that is in and out of the state of Texas and in and out of the Harlingen facility within 175 days will not be taxed as personal property, and thus it's an exemption on ad valorem taxes. It's an exemption on personal property taxes that can really go, in larger distribution centers, into the hundreds of thousands of dollars of savings as compared to those locations that do not have and do not offer a Freeport Tax Exemption.

Kayla Thomas: Great.

Raudel Garza: That's one. Obviously, we're located on the border by the sea, so we're close to the Port of Harlingen, the Port of Brownsville, and so there's access to markets globally. We have access to 13 bridges within less than an hour. Throughout South Texas, obviously, the Free Trade International Bridge at Los Indios is the one directly south of Harlingen, but there's several bridges in the Brownsville area and then up and down the Rio Grande Valley as well, so access into Mexico is very, very easy. In addition to the lower taxes on Freeport goods, access to markets, we have a wonderful workforce. We have a workforce that is still young, very trainable, and highly energetic, and that workforce will help companies that are looking to expand, meet their needs, and meet their customers' needs, and so that's another exciting thing about being in Harlingen.

Aside from that, you have a pro-business environment. When you think about all the things that go into building a facility as large as what CARDONE is talking about, almost a million square feet and spanning over a 60-acre development, you got to have the right people not just internally who are handling the construction of the project, but also externally, dealing with and being a liaison, if you will, to the city, the planning guys, the building guys, the Fire Marshal, and everybody else that's involved in that kind of construction process.

Kayla Thomas: Earlier, you said that this new distribution center is nearly a million square feet. I imagine that size building needs a lot of land.

Raudel Garza: Well, the actual tract is about 60 acres of land that's necessary. A million square feet is over 20 acres under roof, so you can imagine how big that is. I mean, 16 White Houses are about the same size as about the size of this building. I can't even remember how many tennis courts, but if you go to our website, you can look at, it's great infographics that show exactly the size and scope of the project, but really for us, we had the property available in the Harlingen Industrial Park that was what we call shovel-ready. Basically, all we needed to do was subdivide the property to the tract size that they needed, and that's about a 60-acre tract, but also the infrastructure is already to the site. Major roadways are in place. Water, sewer, drainage, telecommunication lines, everything that they need, natural gas lines, everything that they need is there on site at the Harlingen Industrial Park.

If there's other people that will be coming around and looking at our properties, the Harlingen Aerotropolis not only has those, but has actually been certified by McCallum Sweeney, which is a very prestigious economic development consultancy that has already said, "These sites are shovel-ready. These sites are ready for development." CARDONE made their announcement in December, and they're breaking ground in January, and hopefully open at least with a partial building by July, and definitely open by the end of December 2018. That doesn't happen unless a lot of things are already prepared, and in Harlingen Industrial Park, you find sites that are ready to go at the Harlingen Aerotropolis, which is just about a quarter mile north of the Harlingen Industrial Park, you'll find sites that are shovel-ready and ready to go.

We do that in anticipation of the big projects coming along, even the small projects coming along, because we want to take all that worry away from the customer. We want to take all that worry away from the person that's looking at developing the property and then ultimately using the property. Any company that's doing business in Mexico should look at Harlingen as a stopping point to finish their goods off, to store their goods, to add value to their goods, because of the things that I've said before. We have great workforce. We have a great location. We have a great pro-business environment. I didn't even talk about utility rates. We don't have issues related to water supply that other communities sometimes have from time to time. We have plenty of water rights and can meet the needs of most manufacturing and logistics companies for just about any kind of project they can think of. We have natural gas lines that are being installed as we speak.

We've got access to the inter-coastal canal, to the Port of Harlingen, shallow water port, and of course we've got an interstate system with I-2 and I-69 running through the city and having access to Houston and Dallas, San Antonio, and all the other markets. The companies that should be interested in doing business here in Harlingen should be those logistics companies, those companies that are looking to reach the consumer in the last mile, if you will, because Harlingen is centrally located in South Texas. You can reach 1.3 million people on the U.S. side within 45 minutes, and then you cross over into Mexico and reach another million to two million people within about an hour and a half.

Kayla Thomas: What industrial property do we have available for companies that are looking to expand here in the Rio Grande Valley?

Raudel Garza: The Harlingen Industrial Park still has some land available, tract sizes from about eight acres to 25 acres could be made available. In addition to that, the Harlingen Aerotropolis has industrial property that ranges in size from 10 acres to almost 500 acres that we can actually assemble together. The park at Roosevelt, which is a new 65-acre development that we're working on, can offer tract sizes from about 15 acres to up to the 65 acres total, so there's a lot of different options. We make it flexible enough to where those who are looking at a smaller facility, or even those who are looking at the larger facility, it's like a million square feet, we've got the room.

Kayla Thomas: I'm sure there's companies that are interested in expanding or relocating to Harlingen that have a lot of questions. What is the process that a company might go through to get started doing business here in Harlingen?

Raudel Garza: Kayla, the best thing I could say is that the first thing they need to do is call us. Call the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation, and we can be their point of contact to go through the process of the site selection, site evaluation, determining whether or not that particular site in Harlingen is the right site, or there might be a better site in Harlingen, and then walking them through the process of building permits, and construction, and inspections, and that type of thing. We've had enough experience in this office to handle the big projects and the small projects alike.

Kayla Thomas: Raudel, can you tell me a little bit more about what someone can expect when they're looking at the industrial market in Harlingen?

Raudel Garza: Well, Kayla, the Harlingen industrial market is actually part of the Harlingen-Brownsville MSA, and so you're looking at Harlingen being the submarket within that system, if you will. Harlingen's still fairly young and in its infancy in terms of market. There's probably only about three million square feet that's in play right now at the industrial market. Most of the market is owner-occupied, but there are some development opportunities out there, and what developers will find is that land is very competitive, and it is readily available. It is entitled in that most of the property that is available has utilities and other infrastructure nearby, if not on site, and also the building rents that they can expect are fairly competitive for South Texas. They continue to rise over the last few years, which is a great sign for developers, but it's still very competitive and very economical compared to the nationwide rental average. Looking at Harlingen, you find that it's easy to do business here. It's more economical, and there's a definite advantage for a developer to put up a building, get it leased out, and have a solid return on that investment.

Kayla Thomas: Raudel, thank you so much for your time, and thank you for sharing all of this great information about the Rio Grande Valley and Harlingen, Texas.

Raudel Garza: Part of the educational process, we have to figure out what we're going to do and talk about next, so I can't wait to discuss the next topic with you.