Chemical manufacturer opening facility north of Liberty Hill

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By Kristen Meriwether

Round Rock-based Exfluor Research Corporation has plans to open a new manufacturing facility north of Liberty Hill in 2023.

The company began in 1984, primarily doing contract research for NASA and the United States Air Force. In the early 1990s, the company transitioned to manufacturing specialty fluorinated chemicals.

Today products made by Exfluor can be found in everything from satellites to televisions. The company holds over 25 U.S. patents covering its fluorination process and many of the fluorinated products, according to the company’s website.

The company purchased a 36.07 acre parcel on County Road 236, just west of U.S. Highway 183 in December 2019, according to Williamson Central Appraisal District records.

The company has not finalized plans for the new Florence facility, but Vice President Tim Juhlke told The Independent that they hope to finish the facility and move equipment in sometime in 2023.

He said as of now the company plans to keep the Round Rock facility for at least a few years. Williamson Central Appraisal District records show the company has owned the land the Round Rock facility is on since 1994.

Juhlke said the company is currently going through the permitting process by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state agency charged with protecting public health and natural resources.

“We’re permitting everything and doing everything humanly possible to have no impact on anything,” Juhlke said.

The Independent reached out to TCEQ for a status on the permit and for clarification on the process, however, emails were not returned by press time. A search of the TCEQ Compliance History database only showed one record for Exfluor Research Corporation. The rating was not given, with a rating date of Sept 1, 2021, and the classification was listed as unclassified.

Juhlke said the Florence location would not have customer traffic in and out of the facility. He added that most of their products are small batches and can be shipped via FedEx, limiting the number of 18-wheeler traffic coming in and out.

“We make small quantities of materials,” Juhlke said. “It’s not like a typical chemical manufacturing operation. We make specialty chemicals, very small amounts in comparison.”

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