Outdoor furniture maker moving HQ from California to Texas

A manufacturer of patio furniture plans to relocate its headquarters and manufacturing facilities from California to the Texas Hill Country.

OW Lee bought a 412,000 square foot building on 44 acres in Comfort and expects to move in early 2021 pending improvements to the structure, according to local officials.

“OW Lee to Comfort’s location will be a great addition to Kendall County and will bring a quality business into one of the largest buildings in the county,” said Amy Story, President and CEO of Boerne Kendall County Economic Development Corp. said in a statement.

The family business plans to invest $ 24 million, including the purchase of the property at 1206 Fifth Street and approximately $ 6 million in improvements.

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It is unclear how many of the roughly 200 jobs OW Lee is expected to offer will be new or relocated.

Those in charge of the company are now realizing this, said Terri Lee Rogers, president and vice president of sales. Rogers estimates that around 8 to 10 percent will move to Comfort. The manufacturer will hire on site to fill the rest of the jobs.

Wages are job-dependent, with the average manufacturing position starting at around $ 15 an hour with benefits, added Rogers.

OW Lee is slated to receive a 7-year tax break averaging 40 percent of the property’s appreciation, Story said.

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Local officials also nominate the company for the Texas Enterprise Zone program. Projects can receive government sales and use tax refunds through the program, which, according to the government’s website, “seeks to encourage private investment and job creation in economically deprived areas”.

OW Lee, based in Ontario, California, is moving to Texas because of its “convenient business incentives and guidelines, as well as its central location for shipping,” Rogers said in a statement.

“The San Antonio area has our need for quality metalworkers and welders, and we believe we can offer good wages and be a positive business member in this community,” added Rogers.

The company designs and manufactures garden furniture and fire pits.

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