Center, Texas – Feb. 26, 2015 – Portacool, LLC, a worldwide manufacturing leader in the portable evaporative cooling industry, today broke ground on its new 13,500-square-foot corporate and global headquarters. Located at 721 FM 2468 adjacent to the longstanding Portacool manufacturing plant, the new building will consolidate operations to establish a company campus in Center.
The one-story office building will house approximately 45 employees including the executive team, sales, marketing, customer service, accounting, IT, sourcing and logistics. Construction is slated for completion in October 2015.
“As our company celebrates its 25th anniversary and we embark on a new era of innovation, we determined now was the best time to expand our headquarters to accommodate our strategic vision for growth over the coming years,” said Rob Kennedy, Chief Financial Officer of Portacool. “We are grateful for the critical assistance we received from the City of Center, Shelby County and the Economic Development Corporation. Without their efforts, the new global headquarters wouldn’t be possible.”
Portacool collaborated with local firms with impeccable reputations to ensure the building efforts stayed within the community. Curtis Architecture is spearheading architectural elements for the facility and Kingham Construction is the developer and contractor.
“Today’s groundbreaking marks a major milestone in the life of not only Portacool, but also in the life of the City of Center,” said Center Mayor David Chadwick. “For a community to grow and thrive, it takes the commitment and vision of industry leaders. Through their expansion, Portacool is providing jobs and an investment in the future of our community.
Portacool, LLC is the worldwide manufacturing leader in the portable evaporative cooling industry providing cooling solutions that assist in providing comfort in the hottest conditions whether at work or play. Headquartered in Center, Texas since 1990, Portacool provides a wide range of products from industrial to residential applications. Portacool products are sold via distributors and retailers across the nation and in 56 countries abroad. To learn more about the company, or to see the line of products go www.portacool.com.
About Center Economic Development Corporation
The Center Economic Development Corporation (EDC) was formed to recruit new businesses to the city, help expand existing businesses and create an environment where investor risk is minimized. The Center EDC creates opportunities for businesses which will, in turn, improve the quality of life for the people of Center. www.texassizedopportunities.com.