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Greater San Marcos is ideal for warehousing and storage firms and can offer multiple large, graded, cost-competitive sites for major distribution centers.
The San Marcos area, via its proximity to two international airports, direct access to a major north-south interstate and close accessibility to an east-west interstate, thousands of acres of available development sites already positioned for distribution opportunities, and lower land costs can defensibly position itself as the hub of Central Texas warehousing and distribution.
As noted, Greater San Marcos is within a short drive of two international airports, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and San Antonio International Airport. Among 795 U.S. airports, the Austin airport ranks 52nd for freight cargo capacity during the 12 months ending June 2014. San Antonio ranks 30th. Austin’s cargo facilities are located next to a 12,250 foot runway, and the airport is located within minutes of I-35. San Antonio International has several air freight and cargo operations firms located on its property and is also very close to I-35.
State and federal investments to improve State Highway 130 and FM 110 through Greater San Marcos are also notable place-based advantages. State Highway 130 is expected to alleviate traffic congestion on I-35 by providing a high-speed alternate route for drivers between Austin and San Antonio. The project is a limited access toll road with speeds up to 85 miles per hour. FM 110 will improve connectivity of the two-county region by connecting I-35 to south San Marcos, running along the eastern edge of the city and Hays County.
Another key supportive asset is the San Marcos Municipal Airport, particularly due to its runway lengths, available periphery land, state-of-the-art navigation systems, Foreign Trade Zone Magnet Site, and the infrastructure improvements expected as a result of expanding FM 110.
Greater San Marcos is a competitive location for Regional Distribution firms primarily focused on warehousing and distribution operations for companies with large client bases in Texas, particularly Central Texas. The target has also experienced considerable employment growth over the last 10 years, nearly doubling while national growth in this group of subsectors grew by only 7 percent.
There are approximately 250 supply chain-related businesses in the Greater San Marcos region employing more than 2,500 workers. The largest of these are Amazon, H-E-B Distribution Center; UPS; and Berry Aviation. The 855,000 square foot Amazon fulfillment center is one of the most technologically advance in the fulfilment network and has over 3,000 full-time employees. The H-E-B Distribution Center is also one of the region’s largest employers and serves the privately held supermarket chain, H-E-B Grocery Stores, which is headquartered in San Antonio and has locations throughout Texas and in northern Mexico.