Business in Guadalupe County is making the earth move, literally. Fortune 500 giant Caterpillar invested $180 million to consolidate and move its engine plant there in 2009, adding 1,465 jobs and prompting other big businesses to take a look. Amazon.com followed with a $166 million distribution center.
Continental Automotive recently added sensor production to its Seguin plant, a $113 million investment that's creating hundreds of jobs. All this activity is perking up the local housing market and bringing more business to area shops.
To encourage even more moving around, a 41-mile extension of State Highway 130 -- which stretches from Seguin to Georgetown -- was completed last year. The 85-mile-per-hour toll road helps distributors bypass costly congestion, and shortens the trip to the San Antonio or Austin airports to a mere 45-minute drive.Subscribe to Money Magazine
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