Texas Rising September/October 2009


Businesses and industries are expanding their operations and building new facilities throughout Texas. Here is a sampling of recently announced expansions.

City Business Name Type of Business Type of Project New
Houston Farouk Systems Professional hair care and spa products manufacturer and exporter Is expanding its Texas operations by relocating its research and development, design, manufacturing, assembling, packaging, marketing and shipping operations from Korea and China. 1,200 assembly line workers with an average wage of $10/hour.
Commerce Premium Cocoa Corporation Cocoa processer Will build a new cocoa processing plant, which will import cocoa beans from the Ivory Coast. 125 in the first year, growing to 1,000 by 2013.
Lubbock Tyler Technologies Software developer Will construct its 75,000-square-foot headquarters. 100
Fort Worth DriveTime Used automobile sales company headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz. Will open a 31,000 square-foot call center. 100
Allen Cisco Systems Information technology network developer The California-based technology company is building a $184 million, 160,000-square-foot data facility. 90-128 with annual wages of $50,000-$110,000.
Pflugerville Directed Manufacturing Inc. Manufactures aircraft parts using a high-powered laser technology The Carlsbad, Calif.-based company moved its manufacturing headquarters to a 10,000-square-foot facility, with plans to expand to 25,000 square feet. 10-40
Arlington University of Texas at Arlington Higher education A $116 million Engineering Research Complex that will include a new 230,000-square-foot Engineering Research Building and labs and offices for the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is scheduled for completion in 2011. N/A

Sources: Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism Division; Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center.

For more information, visit the Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism Division or Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center.

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