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
|San Antonio||U.S. Army||Military||The federal government has issued a $26.4 million contract to construct a 168,000-square-foot administration building at Fort Sam Houston.||2,000 civilian and military jobs|
|Austin||Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.||Hotel builder||Will open the 10-story Westin Austin and 36-story W Austin Hotel & Residences between March and early 2011.||436 jobs anticipated|
|North Richland Hills||Prestige Ameritech||Surgical mask manufacturer||The company will occupy a 220,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.||Plans to create more than 400 new jobs by 2015.|
|Grapevine||Wistron Infocomm Corp.||Designer and manufacturer of electronic equipment, such as gaming consoles, branded and sold by other companies||Will expand into a 180,000 square-foot building, one block from the 113,000 square feet it currently occupies.||Plans to add up to 100 additional customer service positions to the existing work force of 300.|
|Waco||Caterpillar Inc.||Heavy equipment manufacturer||The company will build a $30 million, 75,000-square-foot facility where crews will make large hammers.This plant, scheduled to open in 2011, will neighbor an existing Caterpillar plant that makes excavator buckets and quick couplers.||Up to 60|
|Marble Falls||Ronn Motor Company||Automobile designer and manufacturer||Established a new manufacturing headquarters after remodeling and renovating a 76,000-square-foot facility. It will include more than 10,000 square feet of offices and show rooms.||The Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation and the city of Marble Falls have provided approximately $2.5 million to the project.|
Texas in Focus: Gulf Coast
A new report by the Comptroller’s office shows the Gulf Coast region, surrounding the nation’s fourth-largest city, Houston, is a hot spot for growth, drawing tens of thousands of new residents annually.
The report provides a detailed economic outlook for the 13-county region in the eastern-coastal portion of the state that includes the cities of Galveston, Sugar Land, Katy, Richmond, Columbus and Huntsville. The report examines the region’s economic development, demographics, infrastructure, health care and education – key issues that present both opportunities and challenges for the Texas economy. In 2009, Gulf Coast employers provided a total of 2.6 million jobs. The largest sector, trade, transportation and utilities, provided 21 percent of all employment in the region. Although Hurricane Ike resulted in thousands of lost jobs and employment disruptions, businesses recovered with strong job growth in 2009.
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