Made in S.A.

From high-end food to Super Hornet jets, recent manufacturing projects show that San Antonio is a region of creators. In one week, the San Antonio region announced three manufacturing investments totaling over $1 billion in capital investment and 1,500 new jobs.

The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation announced last week that Navistar, a global manufacturer of commercial vehicles, chassis, and diesel engines, plans to build a commercial vehicle production facility on the Southside of town resulting in more than $250 million in capital investment and approximately 600 jobs for the area.

The initial investment from the company could grow as suppliers consider relocation and expansion opportunities to manufacture their products in closer proximity to Navistar. Persio V. Lisboa, Chief Operating Officer of Navistar International Corporation, affirms that this investment has the potential to one day support an industrial park with on-site suppliers, much like Toyota in San Antonio.

Navistar will assemble Class 6 – 8 heavy-duty trucks in San Antonio. The 18-wheelers that move goods and products throughout the Americas will be manufactured in San Antonio, Texas.

“Amazing things are made in S.A.,” said SAEDF CEO Jenna Saucedo-Herrera. “It’s our job as economic developers to create an environment for success in the region. That means building the workforce and supply chain that enable companies like Navistar to build the things that change the world.”

The manufacturing industry in San Antonio currently has a $40 billion annual economic impact. In particular, the economic impact of the Navistar facility is projected at $5.6 billion over 10 years. With Navistar and other recent announcements, this number is expected to grow.

San Antonio’s diverse economy continues to be a competitive asset. The manufacturing industry is large and diverse, spanning all major sectors. Within the last year, other companies have chosen to invest in San Antonio because of its competitive cost, strong infrastructure, and quality workforce. Cuisine Solutions has a 290,000 sq. ft. building under construction at Brooks, while metal-injection company Indo-MIM and aerospace giant Boeing make their home at Port San Antonio. The network of suppliers associated with each company further enhances the manufacturing ecosystem in the region.

San Antonio is an ideal location for manufacturing operations. The city has a large and diverse manufacturing ecosystem that innovates to produce everything from military aircraft and solar panels to food processing and automobiles.