HOLT CAT to hire 60, boost Edinburg economy by $20MHOLT CAT to hire 60, boost Edinburg economy by $20Mhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=31652014-09-08T08:02:00Z2014-09-08T00:00:00Z

EDINBURG - The newly opened HOLT CAT facility, located south of FM 490 near the South Texas International Airport, will add 60 new jobs, some of them paying nearly $30 an hour.

Hourly wages of up to $29 an hour for a certified technician with experience working on heavy machinery and diesel engines will be offered. Other projected jobs range from salaried management to warehouse workers, and sales coordinators and representatives, which will be comparable to area wages.

“This industry adds more opportunities for higher-paying jobs for the residents of Edinburg,” said Nelda Ramirez, assistant executive director of the Edinburg Economic Development Corp (EEDC).

The project will be an economic multiplier of around $20 million for local governments through employment, state and local property taxes, according to the EEDC.

HOLT CAT has invested $10 million in the project, including a 47,000-sf facility situated on 35 acres, which is seen as a spark for the new I-69 Corridor. The EEDC approved more than $350,000 for infrastructure improvements on the land as an economic incentive.

The company will continue its operations in Weslaco, which has been around for 80 years, but will move a few employees to the new site, according to Edward Craner, HOLT CAT senior vice president of strategy and marketing.

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