TX: T Top Manufacturing Opens New Manufacturing Facility in Bridgeport, Creates 40 Jobs

28 Oct, 2011

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T Top Manufacturing, a metal fabricator specializing in aluminum and stainless steel production, recently opened its new facility in Bridgeport, Texas. The 47,000-square-foot tilt wall, climate controlled manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters is located in Endeavor Bridgeport, a 1.235-acre industrial/business park.

Mark Tate, owner of T Top, said, “We are excited to be at our new location in Bridgeport, and can’t wait to expand again soon.”

The company committed to building the manufacturing facility, applying for a $249,000 Texas Capital Fund Grant, and bringing 40 employees to Bridgeport.

“The Tate Family embraced the Endeavor Bridgeport vision and never looked back,” said William Myers, Executive Director of the Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation. “They have been a pleasure to work with since preliminary negotiations.”

The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) recently recognized the City of Bridgeport as a 2011 Recipient for “Exemplary Achievement in Community Economic Development.” The award was based on the collaboration of Endeavor Bridgeport and T Top Manufacturing to relocate the T Top plant into Endeavor Bridgeport’s new mixed use industrial and recreational development.

Endeavor Bridgeport began when the Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) purchased a 900-acre, abandoned rock quarry. The BEDC partnered with Jerome Frank Investments to develop a vision for the sustainable use of industrial, recreational and commercial development. The partnership proposed a 1,235 acre tax increment reinvestment zone (TIF No. 2) and provided infrastructure to the site.

“The BEDC would not have been able to set our development goals and sustainability efforts as high without the collaboration of Jerome Frank Investments,” said Myers. “Jerry’s interest in redefining rural development and development in general, has been an inspiration.”

About Endeavor Bridgeport

Endeavor Bridgeport is a 1,235 acre public/private development which includes industrial, commercial and recreational economic development land uses and projects. Endeavor Bridgeport collaborates with sustainable development in mind while diversifying the economy around Bridgeport’s strong industrial core. Endeavor Bridgeport will incorporate many of the community’s natural assets to promote eco/recreational tourism, industrial expansion, and commercial development. Additional information available at www.endeavorbridgeport.com.

About T Top Manufacturing

T Top Manufacturing, a division of 5 Tate Inc., a metal fabrication business was started in 1997 in Crafton, Texas, specializing in aluminum and stainless steel products for the heavy trailer industry and on airport passenger bridges. Processes include Shearing, Sawing, CNC turret punching, CNC bending, CNC pipe bending, Waterjet cutting, Welding both MIG and TIG, Assembly, Engineer design and prototyping, Machining, and more. Today, T Top serves additional industries including oil field services, OEM components for school bus air conditioning systems and portable generators, fire and rescue truck beds and components, command boxes for SUV’s serving Fire and DPS departments. Additional information available at www.ttopmfg.com.

About Bridgeport EDC

The Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation is funded by a local economic development sales tax which Bridgeport citizens approved on May 7, 1994. The corporation leverages local sales tax receipts with private, county, state and federal resources to encourage expansion of entrepreneurship and economic development. Bridgeport EDC collaboration includes an array of projects from regional offices, to manufacturing facilities; from public recreational parks, to product development and commercialization; and from commercial/retail recruitment marketing, to industrial park development. Additional information available at www.bridgeportedc.com.


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