Weslaco’s footprint in cotton distribution continues to grow

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The City of Weslaco and the Economic Development Corporation invites you to the ground breaking ceremonies, March 22, 2019, at 10:00 AM, located at 1850 E. Sugar Cane Dr. in Weslaco, for the construction of 282,500 square feet of warehouse space at the Mid Valley Industrial Park in Weslaco.

Commodities Integrated Logistics, (CIL) Group, a leader in the shipping of U.S. cotton into Mexico, handling over 60% of the crossings, has plans to increases its services in Weslaco through the expansion of the new facilities.

The new buildings will increase the CIL Group’s footprint to well beyond its existing 1,100,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space in the Valley, 390,000 sq. ft. of which is already here in Weslaco. The need for additional warehouse space is attributed to the increase in volume of exports to Asia. In 2017, CIL opened a new shipping route for South Texas cotton to reach the Asian markets through Mexico. Just last season CIL reportedly moved over 300 containers, with expectations to reach 5,000 containers of cotton within the next 5 years.

The ground breaking ceremony will celebrate the construction of two warehouse buildings across the street from each other at 1820 E. Sugar Cane Dr. One facility will be approximately 82,500 square feet and the other will be 200,000 square feet, each fulfilling the same purpose.

Time-line for construction is approximately 5 months to completion for both buildings.  Cotton farmers and area gins will benefit greatly from the new warehouse space since the facilities serve as both a gin-to-warehouse receiving facility as well as a shipping point.

The cost for both buildings is expected to reach $8 million and create 10 new jobs in Weslaco. City, EDC and CIL Group officials will be on-hand for interviews. For more information on the ground breaking ceremony, contact Steven Valdez at 956-969-0838 or Silvia De Leon at [email protected].

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