For the second time in six months, a Cedar Park company hosted Gov. Rick Perry as he toured engineering company Tolteq on Oct. 10.
Perry joined company President Paul Deere on a tour of Tolteq, a nine-year-old company responsible for building drilling navigation systems ideal for horizontal oil and gas excavation. He previously visited industrial computer manufacturer Corvalent in May as part of ongoing effort to tout the success of Texas small businesses.
“We didn't have to search far to find a story like [Deere's]. They're rather commonplace in Texas” Perry told a crowd of approximately 40. “It's the small-business men and women who are truly the catalysts for this state.”
Tolteq has had much success since starting in Cedar Park in 2003. The company relocated in 2011 to its new $2 million facility. During that time, the company has grown from 19 employees to 42 with plans to continue expanding in Cedar Park.
"This is where I want to work and live," Deere said at a March 2011 ground breaking of the new Tolteq facility, located near Brushy Creek Road and Toll 183A.
Perry said he wants to keep more businesses such as Tolteq operating in Texas communities through small-business tax exemptions on any company making $1 million or less. He also stressed the need to keep a stable regulatory climate and to limit state spending despite sizable sales tax returns.
“We know the future and present of Texas is tied to our small-business owners,” Perry said. “When small-business owners prosper, Texas prospers.”
Perry also used the trip to Cedar Park to endorse Councilman Tony Dale, who is running for Texas House District 136, which covers the Cedar Park and Leander area.