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Ariat International to Locate Regional & Distribution Hub in Fort Worth, Texas

Boot manufacturer Ariat International, Inc. will invest $40 million to establish a new regional distribution hub and corporate office that will serve as its western U.S. regional headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The company plans to hire 75 associates.

As an incentive a Texas Enterprise Fund grant of $750,000 has been extended to Ariat International, Inc., Governor Greg Abbott’s office said.

“Ariat started as a brand built for the outdoors, for people riding horses, working the land, and who love and identify with an outdoor, rugged lifestyle,” said Ariat’s Co-Founder and CEO Beth Cross. “We’re intentional about the categories we grow into, and are dedicated to bringing the innovation and quality of our products to the world’s essential workers in the most demanding jobs and trades.”

"The Texas model of low taxes, reasonable regulations, and workforce investment continues to attract exceptional companies like Ariat that will ensure the Lone Star State remains a global economic powerhouse,” said Governor Abbott. “Texas has a long and storied tradition of ranching, farming, and equestrian sports, and we are proud to build upon that legacy by welcoming Ariat to Fort Worth. Like Texas, Ariat is committed to innovation and excellence, and I look forward to working together to bring more jobs and greater economic prosperity to Fort Worth and the entire state of Texas.”

Ariat designs, manufactures, and sells high quality performance equestrian footwear and apparel, including English and Western riding boots, work boots, and casual footwear.

“Fort Worth is excited to welcome Ariat to Texas, as the company joins our community for its latest expansion," said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. "This project represents a strong partnership between the state and local communities focused on creating new jobs and attracting new companies and relocations as we work to bolster the Texas economy.”

“We are grateful to all of our partners with the City of Fort Worth and the State of Texas for their collaboration in bringing Ariat International’s western regional headquarters and distribution center to our region,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “A company of this caliber brings high-paying jobs to our region, which is part of the mission of the Texas Enterprise Fund.”

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