Frozen food distributor AMC Warehouse plans to build four freezer buildings totaling more than 465,000 square feet in southwest Mansfield.
The estimated $64.7 million project will create 110 full-time jobs by 2022.
The company currently has facilities in Grand Prairie and searched all over North Texas for a new home before deciding on Mansfield, said Robert Phillips, vice president of AMC Warehouse.
The warehouses will be built on a 17.5-acre site at 13000 FM 917 just west of where Antler Drive will be extended. Construction on the first building could start by the end of the year.
Phillips raved about the ease of doing business in Mansfield, referring to the incentives being offered by the Mansfield Economic Development Corp.
The MEDC will offer cash grants to AMC Warehouse for completing phases and reaching other benchmarks. The City Council and MEDC board authorized payments totaling $1.6 million by 2024. That’s in addition to the $400,000 the MEDC will pay to help with on-site drainage work and to bring a sewer line to the site. There’s also a 10-year, 50 percent tax abatement in the works. The City Council approved the reinvestment zone on first reading Sept. 12. The second and third votes will come at the next two council meetings. Johnson County has also approved the abatement.
The abatement will likely start in 2019 or 2020 after the first phase has been established on the tax rolls. In addition, the MEDC will pay $1 million to extend Antler Drive from where it dead ends to FM 917.
In the future, there are plans to purchase an adjacent 12.5-acre site for further expansion, Phillips said.
Scott Welmaker, director of economic development, said the MEDC intended to extend Antler Drive anyway but this project accelerated it.
AMC Warehouse has been working with MEDC for a year and a half at least, Welmaker said.
As the new Mansfield warehouses open, AMC will phase out its Grand Prairie warehouses, which it leases.