European company's new South Side headquarters ushers 1,400 jobs into San Antonio
The Spurs weren't the only thing in San Antonio scoring big on Monday. In an October 22 press conference, the Office of the Texas Governor announced that San Antonio is now the U.S. headquarters for OKIN BPS, a Czech Republic-based company that specializes in business processes and services for the technology sector
“After a two-year site selection journey, we are delighted to announce that our U.S. headquarters will be located in San Antonio, Texas. We attribute our success as a firm to the passion, ingenuity, and courage of the people we hire," said Dan Smith, president and CEO of OKIN BPS, in a release. "We have determined that Texas, in particular, San Antonio, shares OKIN’s values with which we will together usher in continued growth."
The San Antonio office, the company's first in the U.S., brings with it more than 1,400 local jobs as well as $23 million in capital investment, according to a release.
In an interview the Associated Press, Michal Jelínek, majority owner of Okin said most of those high-paying jobs will be sourced locally. "Don't worry, I'm only flying two or three people from the Czech Republic," Jelínek told AP. "Our business is going to be very local."
Both the city and the state lobbied hard to bring OKIN BPS to Texas, including giving the corporation $6.6 million in the form of a Texas Enterprise Grant. (Texas' tax incentives likely didn't hurt either.)
Of course, for local city leaders, there is no discounting the work done by the City of San Antonio to secure the European company. “OKIN BPS choosing San Antonio as its U.S. headquarters is a testament to our city’s globally competitive future," said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. "We are building the right infrastructure, business friendly environment, and workforce that is attracting investment from the world’s most sought-after companies."
Once in Alamo City, the 14-year-old company will house its offices in Brooks, the former U.S. Air force base turned mixed-use development in San Antonio's South Side. The company will refurbish two buildings on the former base before transitioning to a permanent site, according to a release.