Drivers passing the site of Emerson Process Management’s new global headquarters at The Gateway development in McKinney have noticed heavy machinery moving dirt and doing site-prep work.

It's an exciting development for Emerson and the City of McKinney, as visible progress is now evident on The Gateway project, located at the Sam Rayburn Tollway/ U.S. 75 interchange at the city's entrance on Central Expressway.   

In late July, Emerson Process Management’s Regulator Technologies business broke ground on its $25 million global headquarters. Construction is expected to be complete by late 2013.

As a corporate anchor tenant in The Gateway development, the new global Regulator Technologies headquarters will house a world-class research facility and “flow lab” that will enable the company to test its regulator products in real-world plant conditions, according to a news release.

The three-story, 128,000-square-foot building will include offices, a customer training center, and a fitness center for approximately 130 highly skilled, professional employees in engineering, research and development, marketing, sales, finance and procurement.

John Valencia from the McKinney Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), says it's an exciting recent development -- one that thrilled him when he saw dirt being moved at The Gateway project.

Valencia noted that it was yet another positive advancement for McKinney during the same week that Money Magazine awarded the City of McKinney the No. 2 spot on its prestigious 2012 list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the nation. The City of McKinney is the only Texas community in the Top 10 on Money Magazine's list.

During the Emerson groundbreaking, Valencia had said the city became a choice location thanks to the strong partnership between various entities, including the City, Collin College, the hospitals and the private sector. Valencia also had noted that Emerson has been a good corporate citizen. Besides contributing to the tax base, Emerson has ongoing partnerships with many area nonprofits.

Also during the groundbreaking ceremony, Larry Flatt, a vice president at Emerson, said the company followed a rigorous process when considering where to locate its headquarters and make a $25 million investment. McKinney fit the bill, he said, because of:

  • the availability of a talented, skilled workforce;
  • good transportation access;
  • the local airport expansion;
  • the outstanding school systems -- both secondary and higher education;
  • excellent health care system and leading-edge technological advancements;
  • its great location and proximity to the D-FW Metroplex;
  • the community is supportive of businesses of all shapes and sizes; and
  • its leadership has a vision and executes the vision to make it a reality.

Flatt said during the groundbreaking ceremony that McKinney has created an overall environment that can grow and thrive -- and be supportive to business.

Emerson Process Management delivers automation and process control technologies and services to the oil and gas, power, chemical, refining, and other industries. Its Regulator Technologies business offers more pressure regulator and relief valve solutions than any other manufacturer in the world. McKinney and the North Dallas area are home to key oil and gas equipment suppliers that Emerson serves.

The current Regulator Technologies' headquarters is located at 310 East University Drive in McKinney.