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GEDC Awards Grants to Auto Clinic; Plumbing Supply Company

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GEDC

Giddings, TX (May 21, 2019) –   The Giddings Economic Development Corporation (GEDC), with the approval of the Giddings City Council, has awarded grants totaling $30,000 to three area businesses.  

Alan Milligan, on behalf of Milligan Plumbing and Revive Salon, applied for and received a $15,000 grant for the renovation of the property located at 488 S Waco Street in Giddings, currently listed with the Lee County Appraisal District as 475 S Caldwell Street.  

This one-time request for capital improvement monies will be used to convert an old warehouse into a facility for use by two separate businesses: Milligan Plumbing, which began operating in Lee County in 2009 and is relocating and expanding into the city; and Revive Salon, a start-up that will offer services including spray tanning, as well as hair, makeup and eyelash extension services.  Both business will be owned by Alan Milligan. 

The total project cost is estimated to be in excess of $160,000 and is being funded through owner’s equity.  At least 3 jobs will be created and 8 retained. The project is to be completed by June 2019.

The GEDC also provided a $15,000 grant to Lopez Auto Clinic, LLC for expansion and upgrade of facilities and equipment.  The company, which has long operated in Giddings at 176 S Navarro Street, is renovating its current facility, purchasing new equipment, and re-organizing the business. 

The company has operated as a machining and repair clinic since 2009; however technological changes, such as the availability of remanufactured engines and cylinder heads, have substantially reduced the need for independent shops to complete machine work in-house. As the machine shop section has declined, positions that no longer fit the business’ needs have been eliminated.

Today, the automotive industry remains a fast changing industry with impactful advances in technology, on-going demands from the government to develop ever lower low-emission vehicles, and escalating consumer expectations for quick turnaround of a reliable and functional product with a warranty to back it up. 

The grant funds will be used to help the clinic reconfigure its operations to offer more robust automotive services that are designed to meet the expectations of today’s time-constrained and savvy consumer.

Specifically plans are to remove old equipment, purchase a new lift, expand the building bay doors, among other improvements.  At least 2 new jobs will be created and 11 retained.  Additionally, the city expects to receive additional sales and property tax as a result of this project, which is expected to be complete in summer 2019.   Owner Joel Lopez, a sitting councilman for the City of Giddings, abstained from the vote when the award went up for review by the remaining members.