The Weslaco Economic Development Corporation recently filled a vacancy on its board during a time when the city is experiencing robust growth and planning for additional development.
Juan Jose Serrano was recently appointed by the City Commission. He fills the vacancy left as a result of the passing of businessman Rudy Cisneros. In his facility leader position as the H-E-B Retail Support Center in Weslaco, Serrano oversees 250 employees. The facility distributes over two million pounds of dry good to stores across the state.
Serrano’s background in retail, distribution and warehousing will bring great value to the board, said Marie McDermott.
“His contributions to the EDC board will add value to the existing business-minded climate that is already inherently diverse,” said McDermott, who serves as executive director for the Weslaco EDC.
Serrano’s addition to the board underscores Weslaco’s efforts to attract logistics and distribution industries, said EDC board member Benita Valadez.
The diversity of industries coming to Weslaco is a reflection in the recent opening of a Kapal Industries facility. Kapal is a leading manufacturer and provider of high quality, turn-key cabinets and counter tops. The 80,000-square-foot facility in Weslaco houses stock inventory of cabinets and also has a manufacturing component.
Soon following Kapal’s opening was the recent ground breaking for a 282,500-square-foot facility for Commodities Integrated Logistics. The facility will serve as a warehouse space for cotton distribution. In addition, on the dining and retail side of things, a Jason’s Deli recently opened in the midst of a restaurant row on the north side of Expressway 77/83. Domain Development of McAllen is developing a shopping strip center across the expressway from the restaurants.
“The momentum we are seeing right now took three-to-five years of working together, seeing the same vision of the future,” McDermott said.