Emerson Process Management’s Regulator Technologies business broke ground Tuesday to mark the start of construction on its $25 million global headquarters.

As a corporate anchor tenant in The Gateway development at the interchange of U.S. 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway, 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 also 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) introduced Mayor Brian Loughmiller at the groundbreaking, saying that McKinney is the premier location for development.

Valencia 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 noted that Emerson has been a good corporate citizen. Besides contributing to the tax base, Emerson has ongoing partnerships with many area nonprofits.

Loughmiller thanked the City Council, MEDC, Community Deveopment Corporation and former Councilman Pete Huff for all of their efforts.

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 McKinney has created an overall environment that can grow and thrive -- and be supportive to business.

The architect for the Emerson project is Fox Architects and the general contractor is Tribble & Stephens Constructors, Ltd. LML Group LLC will serve as the project management firm, and Kimley-Horn and Associates as the civil engineering firm. Clive Samuels & Associates, Inc. is the mechanical and electrical engineering firm, and Larson Engineering is the structural engineering firm.

Construction is expected to be complete by late 2013.

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.

Emerson has been a part of the McKinney community for more than 50 years and is a strong supporter of charitable initiatives, including education, community welfare and arts. The headquarters relocation is made possible through a partnership between the City of McKinney and Emerson.

Emerson Process Management (Emersonprocess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing, and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences, and other industries.

The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management, and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb™, Syncade™, DeltaV™, Fisher®, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Daniel™, Ovation™, and AMS Suite.

Emerson, based in St. Louis, Missouri, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.

The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2011 were $24.2 billion. For more information, visit Emerson.com.