from left: Tom Reid, mayor of Pearland, Gampa Bhat, president of MHI Compressor International Corp., and Hiroaki Osaki, president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corp. Photo by Kim Christensen

New Plant Breaks Ground

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A Mitsubishi manufacturing plant expected to create more than 100 jobs broke ground this month on a 26-acre site in Pearland’s Lower Kirby District.

Expected to begin operations before the end of the year, the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corp. plant was first announced in October, and will provide support for compressors, service, emergency repair and on-site construction work, according to the company. It will produce and service compressors in the U.S. market to accommodate demand generated by rapid growth in shale gas and oil development.

The groundbreaking comes after months of courting by the Pearland Economic Development Corp.

Consisting of about 1,200 acres of largely undeveloped land on the city’s western border facing Beltway 8, the Lower Kirby District is also the site of a new Dover Energy facility that broke ground last June. That facility, which will consolidate Dover’s Texas locations, is expected to be completed in February.
Aside from light manufacturing use, future proposed development in Lower Kirby includes urban residential, office, retail and a technology/research campus.

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