Celebrating Manufacturing Month in the Guadalupe Valley
Friday, October 04, 2019
The Guadalupe Valley is home to global manufacturing companies that are producing products using the latest technologies and the raw ingredients that are plentiful in Texas. We are celebrating these companies and their innovative spirit on October 4th- Manufacturing Day.
October 4this Manufacturing Day
Held annually on the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and the community.
GVEC is using this opportunity to call attention to the many manufacturing companies we have in the Valley – those who are leading with technology and good workplace practices, who produce high quality products and are constantly innovating to keep up with changes in the industry. We are proud that these companies have made their home in the Guadalupe Valley. Companies who are making products in our region include Caterpillar, Continental Automotive, Alamo Group, Georgia Pacific, Adams Extract & Spice, CMC Steel, Republic Plastics and breaking ground soon automotive transmission manufacturer AW Texas.
These are just a few of the companies who are making products in the Guadalupe Valley, relying on our workforce to produce the consistent quality their customers demand.
Growth in the Manufacturing Sector
Manufacturing is important in Guadalupe Valley and throughout Texas. The manufacturing sector is stable and growing. In fact, manufacturing contributes over $226 billion to the Gross State Product annually, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The export of manufacturing goods from Texas was also over $226 billion, creating jobs and economic opportunities for the state.
Over 880,900 people work in the Texas manufacturing industry and the National Association of Manufacturers reports that the average annual compensation for Texas manufacturing jobs exceeded $85,051 in 2017. Upon graduating high school or trade school, students can begin working for one of Guadalupe Valley’s manufacturing companies and within a few years, reach a level of income that surpasses the average household income in the United States.
Reasons Manufacturing Companies Should Come to the Guadalupe Valley
The Guadalupe Valley offers several advantages to national and global manufacturing companies. Among them, low energy rates. As a cooperative, GVEC is able to offer affordable energy rates – something that can represent a significant cost savings when businesses are moving from outside of the area.
Businesses in the Valley also benefit from convenient transportation access. By road or rail, it is easy to reach the entire United State and Mexico.
Space is available for manufacturing companies looking to expand as well, and in certain cases, financial incentives can be applied to make the move an even better investment. Here, businesses have the room they need to grow, and local economic developers are available to make it easy to find a new location.
To learn more about manufacturing opportunities in the Guadalupe Valley, contact us.
National Association of Manufacturers