Round Rock welcomes international tech company

Austin American-Statesman |

--With cake, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tours, international information technology business Chatsworth Products celebrated its grand opening in Round Rock on Tuesday.

Dozens of people, including city staff and council members Hilda Montgomery, Renee Flores and Writ Baese, attended the event celebrating the newest addition to the Settlers Crossing business complex at 900 Old Settlers Blvd.

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The 34,000-square-foot electronics and software technology center will be dedicated to research, development, testing and manufacturing of the company's intelligent power management solutions, according to a news release. Chatsworth provides products and services for global information and communications technology, including cabinets and enclosures for servers, wall-mount systems and power distribution units.

Ted Behrens, Chatsworth Products executive vice president of global engineering and product management, said in many ways Round Rock was the perfect fit for the company, which also has facilities in Georgetown; Chatsworth, Calif.; and New Bern, N.C.

The company has a corporate office in California and international offices in Mexico City, Toronto, England, China and the United Arab Emirates.

As of April, the company moved its power distribution unit manufacturing equipment from the Research and Development Technology Center in Georgetown to the Round Rock facility. Chatsworth's power and electronics engineering, operations and quality assurance teams will also work in the new Round Rock facility.

"With the growth of the business we needed to expand location, square footage and footprint, and ultimately Round Rock was a great choice not only because of its proximity to Georgetown but the roots in the technology space and ability to attract new employees into the Round Rock community," he said.

Through a deal with the Round Rock Chamber and the city, Chatsworth is set to receive two $25,000 grants -- one in and another in -- if it leased the facility and retains 40 full-time employees. City Council members approved the incentives deal in December.

Behrens said the company will be creating more jobs in manufacturing and engineering as its growth continues in Round Rock.

Councilman Baese said the complex is a perfect place for businesses like Chatsworth to create opportunities for local jobs and help keep the residential tax rate low.

"We're always excited to have a new industry come into town and be able to expand and do more things here," he said. "The entire complex on Old Settlers is much-needed inventory for us and we look forward to seeing the rest of the facility built out and occupied."

Irvin Pribadi, senior manufacturing engineer, spoke Monday to guests about the company's products, including its power distribution units, before leading them on a tour of the manufacturing facility.

"Basically a PDU is a very large power strip," he told guests. "We've elevated that and added intelligibility and network capability."

He said the company's manufacturing is unique in that it builds products specifically suited for a customer's needs.

"We are really trying to establish ourselves in the market as a custom product company that can deliver a solution that's specific for that customer," he told guests.

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