WESLACO, RGV – Commodities Integrated Logistics Group has been growing steadily in the Rio Grande Valley in recent years.

It now has warehousing operations in McAllen, Alamo and Raymondville. Its newest shipping and distribution facilities open this Friday in Weslaco – just in time for the cotton harvest season.

The two new warehouses are based in the Mid Valley Industrial Park in Weslaco. One measures 82,500 square feet and the other 200,000 square feet. Combined, they are expected to store an estimated 75,000 bales of cotton. The cotton is warehoused in the Valley before being exported to Mexico and Asia. 

With the completion of the two new facilities, CiL will have close to one million square feet of warehouse space for cotton. Of this, 600,000 square feet of distribution and shipping space is located in Weslaco. 

According to a news release from the Economic Development Corporation of Weslaco, the new investment comes in at roughly $8 million, along with the creation of ten new jobs and a paid intern position.

The EDC says it encourages an internship program in order to connect high school and college age students with workplace opportunities. 

“It was less than five months ago that CiL, the City of Weslaco and the Economic Development Corporation of Weslaco celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony of the two facilities,” a news release from Weslaco EDC states. “With an aggressive opening date, CiL’s crucial selection of two reputable and well organized construction companies and a fast tracking permitting process with the City of Weslaco, the opening date came as planned and on schedule.”

Before construction of the two new facilities started, 92,000 cubic yards of dirt was laid. This allowed the buildings to be four feet higher than the existing ground elevation. Nearly 8,000 cubic yards of concrete was poured for the foundations and 4,800 sheets of corrugated sheet metal cover the walls and ceilings.

The grand opening takes place Friday, Aug. 16, at 10 a.m., at 1721 S. Sugar Cane Road in Weslaco. The ceremony will feature the planting of a Live Oak Tree gifted by the EDC of Weslaco. Many community leaders and VIPs are expected to attend the ribbon-cutting.

Editor’s Note: The photos in the slideshow accompanying the above news story were provided by the Economic Development Corporation of Weslaco.