Manufacturing expansion in Texas

Texas factories grew in December, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Texas Manufacturing Outlook survey cited by the El Paso Times. Production grew last month and capacity utilization increased. Companies in Texas are getting bigger and many are expanding their operations

Daikin Industries expands its reach
One such company, Daikin Industries, which specializes in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, has begun to consolidate much of its workforce into Texas. As part of this, according to the Houston Business Journal, the company is constructing a $417 million campus where it will bring together many of its engineering, logistics, procurement manufacturing and marketing people from other parts of Texas and from Tennessee.

"Our selection of Houston as the location for our new campus was a result of careful analysis and business considerations," Takeshi Ebisu, president and CEO of Goodman Manufacturing Company LP, part of Daikin Industries, said in a statement. "We know that Houston is one of the best cities in the United States for this type of expansion program. It offers an outstanding combination that includes the ability to provide an educated workforce, economic growth, and a favorable year-long climate necessary for manufacturing and operational excellence."

New Steering committee forms
As part of Texas's growing manufacturing industry, many leaders in that sector have come together and formed a steering committee in San Antonio to help the city grow its already existing $22.5 billion sector, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.

The group will work together with local politicians in order to promote the economic development of new companies and keep the existing ones going strong.

The former chairman of the San Antonio Manufacturers Association, John Dewey, will lead the new steering committee. He plans to form initiatives to train more people in using the machines and computer systems that help to build airplanes and health supplies.

Now is a good time to be a manufacturing worker in Texas
Even in spite of the manufacturing boom in Texas, there are still not enough workers to fill in many of the gaps for the high tech jobs. As such, those in the recruiting business and job seekers alike would do well to come to Texas and help fertilize this industry.

Much of the issue has to do with the so-called skills gap, according to ABC-affiliate KVUE,  in which much of the jobs that manufacturing companies need to fill right now are ultimately technical in nature, having to do with machines and computer programming. The people who can fill those jobs need to have the right training.

"What's needed in high-tech is base foundational engineering skills," said James Mulhall, installation and planning manager at Austin-based Tokyo Electron America, "And from that point we can really take somebody with those skillsets and then bring them up to speed where we need them to be in a particular discipline or job function."

Skilled recruiters can operate as middlemen who find people with these talents and bring them to Texas where they can expect good pay and long-term employment.