For companies considering California to Texas moves, the question is ‘why didn’t we do this sooner?’

4 Aug 2021


Military-grade eyewear maker Wiley X broke ground on its new headquarters building in Frisco’s Star Business Park a few weeks ago. The company had operated out of the Bay Area since it was founded in 1987.

“We were doing the research and not seeing any obstacles,” said David Villarina, director of marketing for the company. “The arrows were pointing to why didn’t we do this sooner?”

Companies continue to flee California for Texas, and the pandemic didn’t dampen the trend: 29 companies moved their headquarters to Texas in 2019; 31 in 2020; and already, 21 have made the move in 2021.

“I’ve done studies for 12 years now, and every year, Texas is the number one location for California companies to move to,” said Joe Vranich, who runs site location firm Spectrum Location Solutions out of McKinney.

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