A European company will relocate its U.S. headquarters to San Antonio, creating nearly 1,500 new jobs in a mixed-use development at the site of a former Air Force base.
Okin Business Process Services, a Prague-based firm that serves information technology and telecommunications firms, will invest at least $23 million in the headquarters at Brooks City Base. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott joined San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and other city officials at the site to make Monday’s announcement.
OKIN BPS will receive a $6.6 million Texas Enterprise Fund grant for the headquarters move. A local incentive package will be presented in November to San Antonio City Council, and the Bexar County Commissioners Court is also considering an incentive package, reported San Antonio television station KSAT.
The decision marked a two-year search by OKIN BPS for what Abbott described as the firm’s first office outside Europe.
“As a leader in businesses process services, IT and telecommunications, OKIN BPS is among the fastest-growing service providers combining people, training and technology,” Abbott said in a statement. “I thank OKIN BPS for investing in Texas, and I am confident that this new partnership will take our state’s success to even greater heights.”
Wolff called the announcement a “bull’s-eye for our economic development strategy.”
“OKIN BPS is foreign direct investment from a world-class company in a high tech industry for the North American headquarters creating 1,462 well-paying jobs on the Southside at Brooks, a former military installation,” Wolff said.
Over the last year, San Antonio added 12,300 new jobs, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It ranked fourth among the state’s major metros. Dallas-Fort Worth led the state with 114,900 new jobs, followed by Houston (110,200) and Austin (33,600).
The company will refurbish two historic buildings until a more permanent home is established at Brooks.
Air Force operations ceased at Brooks in 2011. Since then, Brooks Development Authority has been converting the base into a mixed-use development.
It now includes 62 acres of retail, research and distribution facilities for DPT Laboratories, the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, an international pharmaceutical company, a city/county emergency operations center, a science and engineering charter school, a Texas A&M University satellite campus, a University of the Incarnate Word osteopathic medicine school and Mission Trail Baptist Hospital.
OKIN was founded in the Czech Republic in 2004.
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