Washington County is moving forward with plans to potentially award a tax phase-in to a company looking to restart meat production at a facility just outside of Burton.
Commissioners on Tuesday approved the creation of a reinvestment zone that would be used for commercial tax phase-in for Double R Brand Foods, LLC, doing business as Burton Sausage. The company is looking to reactivate production at the plant, located on over 18 acres at 11700 Highway 290 West, by investing in equipment and renovation at the site.
Brenham | Washington County Economic Development Director Susan Cates said the company plans to have 25 employees off the bat and seeks to explore the possibility of expanding further onto the property and growing to 40 employees.
Cates said the company estimates a capital investment of $2 million in the facility, not including exterior improvements or upgrades to the detention pond. She said it has worked extensively with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to make sure all water and wastewater systems are acceptable for its planned production, and that the TCEQ has provided all necessary approvals for the project to proceed. However, expansion at the site would require additional water supply.
In January, the Burton City Council declined a proposal to annex Burton Sausage into the city, after saying the cost to reroute city utilities to the company would be too expensive.
The actual tax phase-in agreement between the county and the company is scheduled to go before commissioners later this month.