McALLEN, Texas – The McAllen Economic Development Corporation hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the city’s much-anticipated Hammond Industrial Park. 

Located at the intersection of Dicker Road and South 23rd St., the new facility measures 61,410 square feet and is divided into three 20,470 square-foot suites, with 1,640 feet of designated office space included in each. It also features 28-foot clearances, five loading docks, one drive-in bay and is primed for cold storage if a client so desires.

Keith Patridge, president and CEO of McAllen EDC, thanked Tomás Gutiérrez III, CEO of MDM Contracting Services, LLC., for his confidence in investing in McAllen. He said MEDC Vice President Janie Cavazos has been working with Gutiérrez for eight years on developing the Class A industrial space. “We are finally able to see it come to fruition,” Patridge said.

Gutiérrez said he was “humbled” to see the years-long project finally completed despite a year of unexpected setbacks for the region.

“It’s been a tough 12 months for everybody here in the Valley, and in the world and in our country,” said Gutiérrez. “We’ve had to battle through a pandemic, being the epicenter for COVID[-19], Hurricane Hanna and a freeze to top it off. But, yet, here we are. I think this says a lot about us – the Valley people – as a population. We’re strong; we want to fulfill our dreams; we want to create growth; we want create jobs for everybody. So, I hope that this project, with the help of the City of McAllen, of course, will help and fuel this growth.”

McAllen Mayor Jim Darling echoed Gutiérrez’s optimism, saying that once the new administration decides how it will handle the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the region will see a surge in business and trade.

“I think it’s going to be booming again,” said Darling. “And, I can see, you know, when we look at what NAFTA did to our area, I think USMCA is going to do that but multiplied by numbers – two, three or four times. And so, this is exciting, and I can see this place bustling with USMCA opportunities.”

Matt Ruszczak, executive director of the Rio South Texas Economic Council, foresees the industrial park being a big draw for potential clients. He explains that it is a excellent example of a quality facility in the Rio Grande Valley and hits that “sweet spot” for businesses looking to establish a strong footing in the area, but which are not yet ready for a massive, 100,000-square-foot undertaking.

“This is proper Class A industrial space,” said Ruszczak. “… This is the kind of space and a category of space that’s really needed in our future growth. This is something that appeals not only to local investors, but also to international investors. This space is highly flexible. It is clearly built right, being able to support a variety of operations – not just warehousing, but also production. And so, it’s exciting to have space like this in the portfolio in the region because that is exactly what the market is looking for … That obviously gets people’s minds spinning because of what opportunities they have here and they have in our region.”

The MEDC is planning for more construction on the 45-acre stretch of land on which the park sits. They hope to have close to 800,000 square feet of industrial space to meet the ever-increasing demand as manufacturing continues to mount in the city. Additionally, Hidalgo County’s Dicker Road expansion project, which will add two lanes to the busy street, is slated for completion this summer, opening more doors for future growth in area.

“I hope that we are going to see examples of this throughout our region here in the coming months and years as we really position ourselves to really take advantage of the opportunities coming our way,” said Ruszczak. “Based upon our geography and, obviously, the changes in the world markets, [things] are shaping up to be very favorable for us.”

Among the other dignitaries at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were McAllen City Commissioner Tania Ramirez and McAllen EDC Board members Adrian Villarreal and Ernie Williams.

Hammond Industrial Park is located at 7801 S. 23rd St., McAllen, Texas. A flyer produced by MDM Industrial Properties says the company is now leasing up to 61,410 square feet of warehouse space. It states: “The 7801 Warehouse Building sits within Hammond industrial park, located south of the furor State Highway 365 and South 23rd Street intersection. This Class A industrial facility offers 28 foot clear height, led lighting throughout, and on-site trailer staging to provide flexibility in product handling and processing for any distribution, light assembly, or manufacturing operation.”

For more information, contact real estate agent Jeanette Gutiérrez of ICON Realty at (965) 445-6430 or [email protected].

Editor’s Note: Reporter Steve Taylor contributed to this story from McAllen, Texas.

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