Get Your "Made in the U.S.A." Eyewear in San Antonio Soon
The cat is out of the bag, but the news is really good for San Antonio:
HVHC Inc., the San Antonio-based holding company for the eyewear firm that includes the Visionworks of America chain, plans to invest $25 million in a manufacturing plant that's expected to employ 600 workers on the far West Side, the company's chief executive confirmed Thursday.
HVHC also is looking to expand its downtown headquarters by 150 positions, up from about 350 now.
What's really cool about this project is the fact that the new manufacturing plant will churn out the eyeglasses you and I already wear--if you purchased them from Visionworks. Stylish glasses and sunglasses at a good price, made in the U.S. AND made in Texas--you can't ask for more.
HVHC already operates a manufacturing plant in Schertz that makes 2 million pairs of eyeglasses a year. Holmberg said the facility employs a similar number of workers that will be hired for the new plant, to be located near Texas 151.
The new plant will produce custom-made eyeglass products and will occupy about 120,000 square feet.
Holmberg declined to pinpoint the plant's exact location, but it should be identified next week as City Council votes on the city's incentive package.
Manufacturing workers will earn between $11 and $20 an hour, Holmberg said. At least a dozen supervisory positions also will be hired to oversee the operation.
San Antonio won the 18-month site-selection process for the new plant over competing sites in Allen and Richardson, both near Dallas, Holmberg said.
“I'm pleased HVHC is creating hundreds of good-paying jobs in San Antonio,” Mayor Julián Castro said. “Most of these are manufacturing jobs that will have a good multiplier effect in the San Antonio economy. I'm confident City Council will be supportive.”
You can learn about the Schertz manufacturing center and why CEO David Holmberg chose San Antonio over outsourcing jobs here.