News Article | 2/25/2009

AllianceTexas Tenant Plans April Launch

FORT WORTH – Public Communications Services Inc. will open doors in mid-April in 18,726 sf at AllianceTexas after coming to terms on a long-term lease to expand its Tarrant County operations.

The Los Angeles-based company has taken the last open spot in Hillwood’s 74,000-sf Gateway 15 at 4700 Alliance Gateway Freeway. Public Communications plans to shift about 30 employees from 1103 Keller Parkway to Alliance Global Logistics Hub and add up to 40 more jobs in the region “as business needs dictate,” says Seth Kekessie, marketing director for the telecommunications provider for inmate systems. The extra space will seed a national engineering and technology center for research and development and manufacturing.

“We didn’t look at any other states because the location in Keller is what we were looking to expand,” Kekessie confides. The Keller center opened in 2003.

Public Communications has “a significant presence” in Texas and Oklahoma, according to Tommie E. Joe, the company’s president and COO who negotiated the terms with Hillwood. He credits the “center of the United States” positioning and the region’s strength in telecom technology with keeping the deal inside Texas.

Telecom companies occupy more than 2.3 million sf and employ more than 6,000 workers in the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas, which boasts a 28,000-employee workforce in 200 companies that occupy more than 29 million sf. “Telecommunications is one of the largest industry sectors at Alliance,” says Reid Goetz, marketing manager for Hillwood Properties.