NewsChannel 11 has learned that O'Reilly Automotive has selected Lubbock as the home for its regional distribution plant.
O'Reilly will build its plant just south of the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport in an empty field off I-27 at Yucca Lane. It's 548 acres. The 225,000 square foot plant will be part of the Lubbock Business Park, which has yet to be built. The plant will bring nearly 400 jobs to Lubbock which will generate $15.4 million in salaries alone.
Last month NewsChannel 11 told you, Lubbock was in the running for this plant and this Thursday, the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance will formally approve the incentive package for the deal. We don't know all those details yet, but we will be at the meeting on Thursday to find out what this project will mean for LEDA.
O'Reilly is one of the nation's largest auto parts retailers. In addition to its four retail stores already in Lubbock, you can see the O'Reilly logo at Texas Tech basketball games. Since 2004, Coach Bob Knight has been wearing their logo on his apparel. He became the first college coach to endorse companies with his court-side wardrobe.
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