Area Development
Germany-based MAN Diesel & Turbo, a manufacturer of marine propulsion systems and turbomachinery, will locate its 137,434-square-foot headquarters and production center at Twinwood business park in west Houston, Texas. The new plant is expected to employ 142 workers.

The business park is designed for companies involved in research and development, distribution and light manufacturing. Located just south of I-10 between Woods Road and FM 1489, the business park at Twinwood is part of a proposed 14,000-acre master-planned community of low, medium and high-density residential along with retail, hospitality, higher education and office. The property is owned by Houston businessman Putera Sampoerna.

MAN Diesel & Turbo's new North American headquarters will locate in a build-to-suit building owned by Houston-based Welcome Group. It will include 105,309 square feet of air-conditioned service shop space and 32,125 square feet of office space. The Design/Build project by Houston-based KDW is slated to span one year, beginning in the second quarter of 2018.

The Augsburg, Germany-based manufacturer of marine propulsion systems and turbomachinery will combine its two current operations in Houston and Deer Park in order to broaden its equipment servicing capabilities in the new Twinwood location, officials said.

"Our goal has been to bring our two Houston area operations under one roof," notes Tony Ruegger, Managing Director of MAN Diesel & Turbo. "We're certainly looking forward to expanding our equipment servicing capabilities in Twinwood."

"The property offers global companies a convenient west Houston location with immediate access to Interstate 10," says Glenn Plowman, President of Twinwood. "We're thrilled to welcome MAN Diesel & Turbo as our first corporate resident."

"We are proud to kick off the business park at Twinwood and add to our four million square-foot Texas portfolio with a well-respected tenant such as MAN Diesel & Turbo," says Welcome Wilson, Jr., President & CEO of Welcome Group. "After an extensive land search, the Twinwood site was selected for its quality location within the growing west Houston market."

"Our pre-construction group and in-house architectural team worked with MAN to program its entire campus from the inside out with future phases that will eventually double the square footage of this initial phase," says Keith Dalton, President & CEO of KDW.