Sugar Land, TX News (July 2, 2014) - The City of Sugar Land and the Sugar Land Development Corporation have approved an incentive package to support major new plans by Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company, to consolidate its Houston-area offices and centralize its headquarters in Sugar Land, a move that brings in more than $45 million in investments and over 860 new jobs.
Nalco Champion will build a new approximately 133,500-square-foot facility with 1,000 parking spaces. Existing buildings will be reconfigured to maximize office space, accommodate supply chain needs, and create additional space for the expansion of the company’s research and development (R&D) facilities. The new building and parking lot will be located partially on the 18.5 acres Nalco Champion purchased from Johnson Development in 2013. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2016.
Additionally, Nalco Champion will make substantial rail spur improvements to assist City of Sugar Land efforts to gain Union Pacific Railroad approval for the extension of University Boulevard north of U.S. Highway 90A.
The company decided to centralize its headquarters in Sugar Land after a comprehensive evaluation of other regional opportunities.
“Nalco Champion is proud of its long history in Sugar Land and all that the city offers,” said Steve Taylor, EVP and president, Nalco Champion. “We very much look forward to making Sugar Land our home for Nalco Champion and are ecstatic to have the opportunity to welcome so many new employees to this incredible community.”
The new centralized Nalco Champion headquarters and expanded research and development represents more than $45.4 million in new capital investment, creates more than 860 new jobs, recaptures nearly 250 jobs previously moved to Houston from Sugar Land, and retains over 340 jobs. The multi-faceted incentive package was created by the City’s Office of Economic Development and approved by both City Council and the Sugar Land Development Corporation to secure the retention and expansion of Nalco Champion’s office and R&D presence in Sugar Land.
“We are thrilled to welcome Nalco Champion’s headquarters back to Sugar Land and to partner with one of our oldest corporate citizens in the expansion of research efforts in Sugar Land,” said Mayor James Thompson. “Nalco Champion’s planned capital investment will undoubtedly have a major and very positive impact on our community.”