High-tech Italian manufacturer to open plant in Brownsville

After years of going by the code name “Project Sizzle,” the veil has finally been lifted on a major industrial investment coming to Brownsville.

Assistant Secretary of Commerce Arun Kumar was among the officials on hand Wednesday morning at Brownsville Economic Development Council headquarters to announce the imminent arrival of SATA USA, part of Italian firm SATA Group, a top supplier of machined parts to Caterpillars, John Deere and many of the world’s auto manufacturers.

SATA USA filed with the Texas Secretary of State as a domestic for-profit corporation, with a registered office in Brownsville, on Oct. 31, 2014. The company plans to build a foundry-machining operation that will anchor a 350-acre heavy manufacturing corridor on F.M. 511.

BEDC officials were in talks for years with the company, which was also considering Monterrey, Mexico.

Brownsville will be the SATA Group’s first presence in the United States. SATA USA will invest about $400 million in the project, which officials say will create a number of jobs during the construction phase and 300 jobs long term.

We’ll have more details soon.