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It’s safe to say that most of the products we use daily were manufactured somewhere. From the clothes we wear to the cars we drive, a long line of wheels must be set in motion before the things we own end up in our hands. That’s why manufacturing and the people who manufacture are so important. 

Whether you have a product that needs manufacturing or need a manufacturer to make that product, finding the best team for the job is paramount to your product’s success and your businesses survival. These 10 states have an edge over the rest when it comes to manufacturing. From incentives to low tax rates to education programs that encourage students to consider manufacturing careers, these states are leading the country in manufacturing. Here’s why.


With manufacturers in Ohio accounting for 12.56 percent of the state workforce, this Rust Belt state remains a manufacturing powerhouse despite recent shifts in the manufacturing landscape. Though smaller in size than many other states, Ohio is still the third largest in American when it comes to manufacturing, with a total output of $107.95 billion in 2017, and $50.40 billion in exports in 2018. To date, Ohio is home to more than 12,000 manufacturing firms, with 89 percent of those exporters being small businesses. 


Boasting total manufacturing output of $96.22 billion in 2017, Michigan has seen a significant resurgence in manufacturing in the past decade. Still king in the motor vehicle and vehicle parts manufacturing marketplace, the Wolverine State has also begun to earn a reputation for manufacturing quality machine parts, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. A small business friendly state, nearly 90 percent of all exporters in Michigan in 2018 were from that sector. Manufactured goods exports in 2018 alone totaled $55.35 billion.


Consistently ranked among the top 10 states for manufacturing in the U.S., the Golden State workforce has nearly 8 percent of its employees working in that sector. California’s total manufacturing output was more than $300 billion in 2017, and 2018 saw nearly $155 billion in exported manufactured goods. With over 25,000 manufacturing firms (of which 93 percent are considered small to medium-sized businesses), California boasts a skilled workforce that is in it for the long haul, with many workers considering manufacturing a career, not just another job. California manufacturing jobs pay an average of over $100,000 in salary and benefits, compared to the U.S. average of $54,329.


Home to its own power grid and no personal or corporate income taxes, Texas is about as business friendly as you can get among the states. With $247.46 billion in manufactured goods exported from the Lone Star State in 2018, manufacturing accounts for 13.33 percent of the total Texas output while employing 7.04 percent of the state’s workforce. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and the incentive programs in the state are no exception. Between the ample Texas Enterprise Fund, which has invested more than half a billion dollars since 2004, and major cuts to the state’s franchise tax, Texas is poised to remain one of the top manufacturing states in the nation.


The second-largest food and beverage manufacturing state and the overall fifth-largest manufacturing state in America, North Carolina is home to the largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeast. The manufacturing industry employs 460,000 skilled workers in North Carolina–nearly 11 percent of the state’s workforce. North Carolina manufacturing makes up about 20 percent of the state’s gross state product, to the tune of $102.48 billion in 2017 and $31.06 billion in exports in 2018. North Carolina has experienced tremendous growth in manufacturing goods in recent years, with a nearly 35 percent increase in exports from 2010 to 2018. North Carolina’s pro-business climate and expert workforce make it an ideal state for manufacturers.


Manufacturing accounts for nearly 30 percent of the output in Indiana, where $102.59 billion was generated in 2017. Manufacturing accounts for almost 20 percent of the state’s workforce, with 516,900 workers employed in the sector statewide–an estimated one in five workers. In fact, Indiana has the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in America. With more than 8,500 manufacturing firms already in the state, Indiana is the second-largest automobile manufacturing state in the nation. Along major truck routes and freight lines, goods manufactured in Indiana can reach 75 percent of the U.S. and Canada’s populations within a day’s drive.


With more than 12,000 manufacturing firms in Florida, the state has made a big push in recent years to encourage more manufacturing. With the fifth-lowest corporate income tax in the country, the Sunshine State employs more than 331,000 workers in the manufacturing sector. Your manufactured goods can get to their destination with ease, because Florida’s multi-modal transportation system offers everything from air and rail to deep-water shipping and highways, all at a low cost of living and a low cost of doing business.


Another  Southeast state that’s blazing trails in the manufacturing industry, Georgia boasts more 480,000 manufacturing jobs, ensuring that the future remains bright for the industry. That’s why the Peach State developed the Quick Start program and partnered with many in-state universities to teach rising students the skills they need for careers in manufacturing. Industry employs nearly nine percent of Georgia’s workforce across 6,600 firms. In 2018, manufacturers in the state generated $36.81 billion in exports, with a total manufacturing output of $61.06 billion in 2017.


According to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the state’s growth in advanced manufacturing is higher than anywhere else in the nation; in fact, it’s 42 percent higher than the U.S. average. Manufacturing accounts for 16.13 percent of the state’s total output, which was $55.70 billion in 2017. Tennessee has numerous initiatives to help train its manufacturing workforce, including the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which provides small to medium-sized manufacturers with training and consulting, all with the goal of helping Tennessee-based manufacturers increase competitiveness in the marketplace via workplace initiatives to increase productivity and lower costs.


Over the past decade, South Carolina has seen manufacturing growth of 18 percent, the second largest jump in the Southeast. Manufacturers in the Palmetto State account for a total of nearly 17 percent of the state’s total output and 11.55 percent of South Carolina workers are employed in the manufacturing industry. In 2018, South Carolina’s exported goods totaled $33.89 billion. In 2018, South Carolina earned an A grade in the Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research and Conexus Indiana. The report rated each state on criteria such as how desirable it is to site selectors, and the share of Income earned by manufacturing workers within the state.

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Savage Selected as Partner for ExxonMobil-SABIC JV Rail Project

San Patricio County, Texas can expect to see the completed ExxonMobil-SABIC JV Rail Project facility as early as 2021, according to information released this week confirming global partner Savage, as the partner of choice behind the design, development, and operations of the facility.

The rail facility is the product of the joint venture, Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV), between ExxonMobil and SABIC and will handle railcars transporting plastic polymer, polyethylene. The facility will be completed in San Patricio County, Texas, next to the GCGV facility.

“We’re excited to partner with GCGV on rail infrastructure and operations to support what will be a world-class petrochemical facility,” said Savage’s Energy and Chemical Sector President, Brad Crist. “Our nearly two decades of handling plastics and working with major industry producers, coupled with our extensive rail experience, enable us to design this rail facility from an operator’s perspective to ensure it functions safely, efficiently and reliably without impact on the surrounding environment.”

Savage currently boasts a network of 50+ rail terminals currently under its operation. The company provide support with services including rail switching and indexing, railcar washing and loading, railcar repairs and facility maintenance in addition to designing and building the ExxonMobil-SABIC JV rail facility.

“This project is an example of how we can bring our diverse rail, logistics, engineering and facility operations capabilities together to create value for our Customers,” said Kirk Aubry, Savage President and CEO. “It’s the quality of our people, our solutions and our consistency delivering results that truly makes us distinctive in the markets we serve.”

Report Highlights Top States for Importing & Exporting

America will always be a financial powerhouse, but how much of their financial strength is due to being one of the top exporting countries of the world? What is the U.S. exporting? And which states are the big spenders and which are big trying to make the money?

PlayUSA launched a study to find out the answer to those questions. Using data from the U.S. Census and elsewhere, the legal online gambling company named the following “The Biggest Exporters: Money Tycoons of The U.S.”

Texas: Out of all 50 states, the Lone Star State brings in the most legal tender, making $99 million in total or 18 percent of the U.S export profit. Their top export is petroleum ($42 million).

California: Although the Golden State is one of the biggest importers, they are also one of the top money makers, with $59 million from exports. (That’s 11 percent of the U.S export profit.) Their top exported category is aircraft parts.

New York: The Empire State may not be the biggest, but it doesn’t stop it from being one of the largest exporters, making $27 million in 2017. Of this, 12 percent was made from exporting Earth minerals like diamonds and coal.

PlayUSA also found that more states spent more money on importing motor vehicle parts and crude oil as opposed to such consumable products as meat and fish, which can be sourced within or close to the United States.

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If the Lone Star State is in your future travel plans, prepare for an experience with culture, food and sights substantially different from the rest. Of course, depending on the time of the year, you might want to bring an extra jacket and prepare for triple-digit temperatures within the same week, but the state of Texas offers an experience that separates itself from neighboring southern states.

It holds true that everything is bigger in Texas–from the chicken fried steak to the smiles on the streets. Prepare for freeway overpasses at unthinkable heights and a sky full of bright stars at night. Whether you’re looking to try the fanciest bars or experience unforgettable Texas-true flavors, you are in for a treat while visiting one of the proudest states in the nation.

Outside of these large cities are plenty of small Texas towns ready to offer unique experiences that give passing through travelers stories to take back home to share with family and friends. Texas is not a one-stop state and will almost always leave you ready to come back and experience more of the diverse culture, friendly faces and special attractions it has to offer.

Fort Worth

Contrary to popular belief, it’s unlikely you will encounter a cowboy or horses in the streets during the busier hours of the day. That is unless you’re in Fort Worth. Also known as “Cowtown,” Fort Worth is the heart of cowboy culture in the North Texas region.

If you happen to find yourself in Cowtown, treat yourself to an unforgettable meal at the famous Reata Restaurant at Sundance, which is famous for rooftop views and “sophisticated cowboy cooking,” from Tenderloin Tamales with Pecan Mash to their mouth-watering carne asada topped with cheese enchiladas. The restaurant is notably named after the family ranch in the 1956 movie Giant starring James Dean, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor, and Reata doesn’t disappoint with its traditional cowboy aesthetic.

If you’re looking for a truly Texas-themed evening and have a comfy pair of dancing shoes handy, head on over to Billy Bob’s Texas, known as the Stockyards dancehall. Not a dancer? No problem. Wind down with a cocktail while shooting some pool paired with live dancing, history and fun every night of the week. It’s not a true Fort Worth experience until you’ve been to Billy Bob’s.


The sister city to Fort Worth in the North Texas region presents a modern, urban chic vibe and is known for having the world’s best skyline. If you’re lucky enough to be staying at the beautiful Omni hotel or anywhere near the Reunion Tower, prepare to be in awe of the city’s energy and beautiful lights.

There are more than enough options for relaxation on a rooftop while taking it all in. If you’re seeking an unforgettable happy hour experience, head on over to “The Happiest Hour” in Harwood District. Notable publications such as the Dallas Observer, D Magazine, Dallas Eater and CultureMap list this spot as one of the best Dallas has to offer.

Seeking a real Dallas experience? Treat yourself to an unforgettable time at the Reunion Tower for breathtaking panoramic views complete with a revolving dinner at Cloud Nine Restaurant. If heights aren’t your thing and you’re seeking a true Texas tradition, Hard Eight BBQ will most definitely hit the spot. A relaxed, family-friendly environment comes complete with some of the best Texas barbecue loaded with all the fixings that are sure to satisfy a first-timer or a returner.

For a breathtaking and serene experience, give the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens a peruse. Regular admission is under $20 and provides a great opportunity to check off an item on your Texas bucket list of experiences. If your schedule permits, take advantage of the lunch menu at Restaurant DeGolyer, which is surrounded by 66 acres of garden scenery in the DeGolyer House, with optional indoor and outdoor dining experiences.


If you find yourself in the State Capitol city, it’s almost a given to hang around and snap a few pictures. Take in the views and history with a free half-hour long Capitol Tour as late as 4 p.m. before making your way to the Skylark Lounge for an evening of jazz, motown and blues. Known as Austin’s best blues bar, Skylark serves wine, beer, cocktails and performances by local talent every night.

For a fancier cocktail selection, head over to The Living Room Bar in the lobby of the W Hotel in downtown Austin. This stylish and chic lounge provides a relaxing ambiance and fancy scenery paired with a DJ. The Tequila Bar offers signature cocktail options and sits between the Living Room and Record Room, which is complemented with more than 8,000 records.

San Antonio

In true San Antonio tradition, two attractions are must sees: the historic Alamo and the famous San Antonio Riverwalk. The Alamo is certain to cater to any history buff, especially with its newest “Weapons of the Alamo” tour. If you’re looking for fine dining and scenic views, head on over to downtown San Antonio and give the luxurious Biga on the Banks a try. This five-star dining experience boasts the highest Zagat rating on the San Antonio Riverwalk and is complete with a full wine cellar, cocktail menu and a fantastic dishes from Bruce Auden. Biga’s chef and owner customizes the menu daily, offering new selections of succulent options that make the experience that much better and unique.

If time permits, every trip to San Antonio must include a visit to one of the most delicious hidden gems: Taqueria Datapoint off Medical Drive. This hole-in -the-wall experience is every Tex-Mex lover’s dream. Datapoint is the opposite of fancy and keeps its service and menu simple, accurate and cheap. It goes without saying that once your taste buds experience their homemade salsa, fresh tortillas and generous portions, you will be hooked. Trust us on this one.

Infinite Electronics, Inc. Expands in Lewisville, Texas

Global electronic components supplier, Infinite Electronics Inc. announced the opening of its second Lewisville, Texas location this week. The ISO9001-certified, 160,000 square foot facility supports the company’s efforts in providing high demand products available for same-day shipping while adding the capability to fulfill more than 500 orders daily – spanning 750 to 1,000 product lines.

“By doubling our space, we are able to further our efforts to make Lewisville Infinite’s Center of Excellence for logistics and manufacturing in the Americas. Our production and logistics teams now have the space they need to be able to fulfill same-day production requirements for our growing family of brands, with room for continued growth to meet our customers’ urgent needs,” said Jim Dauw, Infinite’s Chief Operating Officer.

Infinite’s first facility was established in the region in October 2017, bringing support for product lines including NEMA enclosures, fiber optic cables, 1553 bus couplers, insertion tools, complex wire harnesses, and surge and lightning protectors.

A total of 130 employees serve a variety of functions between the two facilities from production, logistics and product management, to administration, accounting, sales and human resources to meet the demands of the company’s global engineering customer base.

Source: Infinite Electronics, Inc.

Amazon’s Austin Tech Hub Projects 800 Jobs Following Expansion

Adding to the 22,000+ job portfolio in the state of Texas, Amazon announced its Austin Tech Hub will create an additional 800 jobs in the region following the projected hub expansion scheduled for 2020.

“In the last four years, we have created more than a 1,000 jobs in Austin,” said Terry Leeper, General Manager of Amazon’s Austin Tech Hub. “With a strong pool of technical talent in Austin and a dynamic quality of life, we are excited to continue to expand and create more opportunity in this vibrant city.”

“The state of Texas has cultivated a strong and vibrant business environment, leading to more jobs and greater innovation,” said Governor Abbott. “With today’s announcement and continued investment in the technology sector, Texas will continue to chart a path toward greater economic prosperity.”

The new 145,000 square foot office in The Domain will provide tech-focused job opportunities including software and hardware engineering, research science, and cloud computing. Amazon was recognized as #1 on LinkedIn Top Companies in 2018 and boasts a unique and competitive benefits package including healthcare beginning on day one of employment and a dedicated paid apprenticeship program for military veterans.

“I’m pleased that Amazon is doubling down on Austin by expanding the Tech Hub,” said Senator Watson. “Austin is a special place that fosters creativity and innovation, and I appreciate that Amazon has chosen to become an even greater contributor to our dynamic community and economy.”

To read more about the Austin Hub expansion and employee benefits, please visit The Amazon Blog.

New Interjet Service Links Houston and Monterrey, Mexico

Houston, TX – Interjet has officially began flight operations linking George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas with Monterrey International Airport in Monterrey, Mexico.

The airline will now offer passengers a choice between two daily flights Monday through Friday and one daily flight on Saturdays and Sundays.

Depending upon demand, the airline will feature service aboard its 150-seat A-320 and its 93-seat Superjet 100 aircraft, with passengers departing from Terminal D at the airport’s Mickey Leland International Terminal.

Interjet’s daily service will include service twice a day Monday through Friday, and once a day on Saturday and Sunday.

The arrival of Interjet is the latest example of an unprecedented level of growth for international air travel in Houston.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is currently on pace to see more than 10 million international passengers in 2014, a number never  reached in the facility’s 45 year history.


Union Pacific Plans New Texas Rail Yard

Spring, TX – The Union Pacific Railroad has said it will move forward with plans for a new rail yard in Robertson County, Texas, “that will strengthen Texas as a national freight transportation hub, create jobs and deliver significant economic stimulus to the region.”


The facility, known as a classification yard, will function by sorting rail cars by destination on separate tracks from inbound trains to make multiple outbound trains. 

Outbound trains will be fueled, inspected by a mechanical crew, and then depart to local and regional destinations.


Seven different Union Pacific rail lines converge in Southern Robertson County, connecting the markets of Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, the Gulf Coast and the rest of East Texas.


Texas “is experiencing exponential population growth, resulting in increased demand for building materials and consumer goods,” the company said. “The Union Pacific’s new rail facility will help meet the region’s growing freight transportation needs while taking over-the-road trucks off the highways.


One Union Pacific train can carry the same freight as up to 280 trucks, and, according to EPA data, trains are four times more fuel efficient than trucks.



Calls Growing to Ease Ban on US Petroleum Exports

Washington, DC – International pressure is growing on Washington from several major trading partners to ease, or end, the long-standing ban on US crude oil exports.

Mexico said recently that it could enter an agreements with the US on crude oil swaps or on direct imports, while one of South Korea’s leading refiners has opened discussions with the government in Seoul over how to encourage Washington to end the ban on ‘ultra-light sweet crude,’ and the European Union wants US oil and natural gas exports covered by the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.


According to Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), Mexico’s state-owned oil company, the country is seeking US-sourced oil because of a sharp decline in its own reserves.


South Korea, which relies on imports to cover more than 95 percent of its energy needs, has had to curb oil imports from major supplier Iran, due to US and EU sanctions introduced in 2012, and the EU is eagerly looking for an alternative to petroleum supplies from Russia.


Japan, while not pushing for an ease on the current ban, has said it’s interested in importing more of what can be pumped out of gushers in such states as Texas, Alaska and North Dakota, but only “if the supplies are economically feasible.”


While fully overturning the ban would require Congressional action that most consider unlikely in the near-term, many argue that the White House could gradually allow for more oil to flow abroad through existing means.


Due in large part to the increase in shale oil production, the US is soon expected to surpass both Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer.


In March, the US Department of Commerce approved the export of 500,000 barrels of lightly processed condensate exports to South Korea from two domestic companies. Three additional applications have been put on hold as the White House reviews its policies on the ban.




Barclays Selects Texas for New Tech Service Center

McKinney, TX – London-based Barclays Bank has selected McKinney, Texas, as the site for its newest “innovative technology” center.

The new 40,000-square foot center” will support the bank’s global operations “by providing technology support to the business and develop solutions for all the group’s activities and requirements including personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management,” the bank said.

The move by the international financial services provider is a major score for the McKinney Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), which opened talks with Barclays in December 2013, when the UK-based bank expressed interest in siting its new operation in Texas.

The MEDC worked closely with the City of McKinney staff and City Council, the McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC), and others “to efficiently work on an expedited time frame. Barclays plans to move into McKinney Corporate Center in the fall of 2014,” the economic development agency said.

McKinney “presented Barclays a competitive opportunity with a high profile location along the Sam Rayburn Tollway, a highly educated and abundant labor pool, and sufficient parking for their employees,” said McKinney Economic Development Corporation Board Chairman, Ernest Lynch. “Our economic development team was able to move quickly to address Barclays’ needs.”

The new tech center will be sited in Craig Ranch, a 2,200-acre business, retail and residential community in McKinney, which is located about 30 miles north of Dallas and is considered one of the fastest-growing cities in the US.