Radiation Detection Company to Build New Headquarters in Georgetown
Radiation Detection Company (RDC) is moving its world headquarters from Gilroy, California to Georgetown.
Citing the “attractive, business-friendly environment” in Texas, RDC president Barrie Laing said in a statement that the move would benefit both the company and its customers.
Operating since 1949, RDC provides occupational radiation monitoring (personnel dosimetry) to various industries, including energy, education and healthcare organizations for use in medical, dental, veterinary and other specialized applications. The new Georgetown facility will accommodate every aspect of RDC’s business, from office and administration to production, testing, packaging and shipping.
$320k in incentives to purchase land
Under terms of a Performance Agreement with the Georgetown Economic Development Corporation (GEDCO), RDC will create 50 to 60 full-time and part-time positions by the end of 2016, with an average starting pay of $12 per hour and a total annual payroll of at least $3 million. According to Laing, approximately half of RDC’s current employees will relocate with the company, including most of the managerial staff and all key technical staff.
For its part, GEDCO will grant RDC $320,000 in incentives to purchase land near the Texas Life-Sciences Collaboration Center to construct the new 15,200-square-foot headquarters.
Construction to begin in October
Escrow on the property is expected to close around August 5th, and permitting should be complete for ground breaking by October 1. Laing expects the company to begin operations at the new facility by the end of May 2014.
Stuart Alderman, principal of Block 16 Architects of Austin, is the design architect. According to a Block 16 spokesperson, RDC’s new headquarters will reflect the company’s commitment to the community and to its employees, with features and amenities including an upgraded entrance for street appeal and a large employee break room and kitchen designed to transition to an outdoor space with a barbecue pit for company events.
Jimmy Jacobs Construction of Georgetown is the project’s general contractor. Jacobs says that bidding for subcontractors will take place during the first week of August.