A business that builds and outfits police cars and other specialized vehicles is coming to Caldwell, Texas.
As the population in Burleson County grows, the need for law enforcement and its related businesses is also expected to grow. CAP Fleet Upfitters is moving their facility to Caldwell to support this economic growth.
In 12 months, the facility in Caldwell is expected to be completed.
Zach Hester, CAP Fleet Upfitters CEO talked about the company’s comprehensive list of services.
“We build police cars so the car will come from the factory and then we then take them and they’re mostly stripped from a comfort mat. We install lights, cages, sirens, radio systems, computers systems, we do K9 units, swat vans, we do prisoner vans we do a lot of the transportation for school districts as well as TxDOT, a lot of the road trucks you see, a few ambulances and fire as well,” Hester told local NBC affiliate KAGS.
The new facility will open with 90 new employees and a significant commitment from employees in their previous location to move to Caldwell.
Hester is optimistic about the economic potential of the region and the impact his business can bring to law enforcement and the wider community.
“The city of Caldwell and Burleson county very pro-business and business-friendly, to not only us but to everyone, they understand the need for economic growth and despite it is a downtime in a global pandemic,” he said. “Tou have so much growth in the state of Texas in general, which you gotta think that’s going to feed directly down to businesses like ours we got more students enrolled in school than ever because of the movement, more need for law enforcement. When you’re expanding the population of the state quickly, you have to expand the services that go along with those.”
In addition to law enforcement, CAP Fleet Upfitters is also excited about its partnership with the local school district to train students in a variety of skillsets.
“We are going to have a shop class and from what we’ve been told by the superintendent who’s been very helpful with us this entire project is 22 kids a semester that’s we’re looking forward to showing what type of special trades they can get in lieu of college, gives them another field.”
CAP Fleet is also selling its products nationwide. The business has expanded to 23 states in 2021 and is one of the only authorized special manufacturers for general motors that sells a police package to car dealers across the nation.