Presidential Billiards and the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID) broke ground Friday, April 15 on a new 10,000-square foot warehouse as part of an expansion project at the East Montgomery County Industrial Park in New Caney. The company currently has a 35,225-square foot building, which includes office space and warehouse space, at the industrial park.
Presidential Billiards, led by President Elaine Gerber, offers a variety of fine products, including a large selection of pool tables and game room furniture encompassing models from entry level to heirloom quality and featuring exotic hardwoods and hand carving. The company manufactures components in Zimbabwe in family-owned factories. The products are assembled and then shipped to the facility in the industrial park, warehoused and then sold to retailers across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The need to expand Presidential Billiard’s storage capacity came to a head last year. Business increased by 20 percent from 2014. The company was moving more product but had no where to store it. Gerber said she struck up a deal with neighbor Gates Engineered Lubricants to house some of the overflow products at their facility.
“We’ve been here eight years, and I really didn’t think that we would have to build on within that time, and yet, here we are,” said Gerber.
The new warehouse will just be a shell with no plumbing. Phase two of the company’s expansion includes another facility on the property with additional office space and a display area for products. If everything goes well, Gerber says they could be looking at taking that project on in another five years or so.
Financing for the warehouse expansion project was made possible by the East Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation,
a subsidiary of EMCID.
“Elaine is a business owner who has consistently looked at expansion opportunities and taken advantage of the market, and she has continued to excel in
her industry,” said Frank McCrady, President and CEO of EMCID.