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Cardone breaks ground on multi-million-dollar Harlingen facility

The city of Harlingen officially broke ground Monday on the Cardone Industries Distribution Center.

The city of Harlingen officially broke ground Monday on the Cardone Industries Distribution Center.

Harlingen Economic Development Corporation CEO Raudel Garza says for the last five years, the city has been working with the company to help expand their operations.

"We felt they had to grow on this side of the river, and so we continued to reach out to them," Garza said. "It finally got to the point where it made sense to them to have a distribution center."

Cardone Industries is one of the largest privately owned automotive parts re-manufacturers in the world. According to the company, it takes used parts, cleans them, fixes worn-out components to restore them to use for their original function.

The company is funding the $50 million building, which is about the same size as the Houston Astrodome, standing 920 sq. ft. The new facility is expected to create 515 jobs and could double over the course of 10 years.

Jorge Zauflik, Compliance Government Relations Senior Vice President for Cardone, anticipates the construction for the building in the coming weeks.

Zauflik says the center will distribute goods to not only Matamoros, but throughout the United States and Canada.

"This is a natural spot for us to be in," Zauflik said.

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