Businesses and industries are expanding their facilities throughout Texas. Here is a sampling of recently announced expansions, tracked by the Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism Division.
|City||Business Name||Type of Business||Type of Project||New
|Windcrest||Rackspace||Provides Web-hosting services to businesses||$22 million Texas Enterprise Fund will help fund expansion to new facility. Salaries at new facility will average $51,000||
4,500 within the
next five years
|El Paso||Alorica||Customer service management company||Planned inbound call center||700-1,500|
|Amarillo||Blue Cross Blue Shield||Health insurance provider||$16 million, 98,000-square-foot customer service center opened in late 2007||500|
|McGregor||Convergys||Business relationship management||Site will hire management and customer service positions||500|
|Provides services to parent company, Caterpillar Inc.||500,000-square-foot parts distribution center should be operational by 2009||140-180|
|Seguin||Ameritex Pipe and Products||Concrete pipe manufacturing||57,000-square-foot factory will produce small and large diameter pipes||150|
|Austin||Google Inc.||Search engine||Company will lease 25,000 square feet of downtown building||100+|
|Robstown||U.S. Army||Warehouse and maintenance facility||$9 million, 90,000-square-foot warehouse will provide controlled humidity storage||75-100|
|Amarillo||Pacific Cheese Co.||Privately owned cheese company||92,000-square-foot cheese processing plant||70|
Sources: The Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism Division; Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center.
Texas In Focus: High Plains
A new report by the Comptroller’s office provides a promising outlook for the High Plains region. Texas in Focus: High Plains is the second in a series of Comptroller reports highlighting economic development issues statewide and for individual regions of Texas.
A vast 41-county area, the High Plains region stretches from the Panhandle to the South Plains. Still largely rural in character, the region is growing and changing, with new industries, new challenges and new opportunities. The report examines the forces driving change in the High Plains and the factors affecting the development of its economy.
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