An international manufacturing company held its grand opening in Sealy last week, and by all accounts, it’s a pretty big deal.
Sika Corp., which manufactures concrete repair products, now occupies 93,000 square feet on F.M. 3538 next to the Walmart Distribution Center. The company produces high-performance mortars and grouts and yields a wide range of liquid concrete mixtures, according to company executives.
The 40-acre site in Sealy “has been master planned as a campus to include multiple expansions,” said Sika spokesman Bernard Kaplan.
Herbert Zwartkruis, executive vice-president for operations at Sika Corp., donned a cowboy hat at the March 8 opening and said his experience in working with the Sealy city staff and council has been nothing but positive.
“It has been a great journey and today I’m really proud to see everyone here,” Zwartkruis said. “Today is a day to celebrate.”
Representatives from the offices of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul and Texas Sen. Lois Kolkhorst attended the event along with local dignitaries including Austin County Judge Tim Lapham, Sealy City Manager Lloyd Merrell and Sealy Mayor Janice Whitehead.
“Everything grows bigger in Texas, including our footprints,” Whitehead said. “We’re very proud to have Sika here … They have definitely been a boost to our [economic development]. Sika has been a catalyst for a new era of development for the city of Sealy. We’ve been spurred to increase our utility outreach and make some changes that we knew were coming. Thank you, Sika. You helped us do that.”
Rick Montani, president and CEO for Sika United States, said the facility represents a new home for Sika.
“This is a big deal for us,” he said. “In 1910 this company started. They were building tunnels through the Swiss Alps, and Sika developed products to waterproof these tunnels. It’s about time we came to Texas in a big and serious way. By far, Sealy is our largest footprint. It’s our future. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be here. This is just the beginning for us.”
Sika maintains a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing damping, reinforcing and protecting in the building sector and motor vehicle industry, according to its press materials. There are 22 factories in the U.S. and the company employees more than 18,000 people worldwide.
“The Sika spirit is you have a project and you want to get something done and you make it happen,” Zwartkruis said. “There are hurdles along the way and together with the city of Sealy we were able to overcome those hurdles and build this beautiful facility.”