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Texas’ Economic Policies Make Good Business Sense for Food Processors

August 23, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

When it comes to states that can help position manufacturing companies for the best chance of growth and success, Texas is a pack leader.

As the country’s No. 1 exporter, Texas was ranked No. 1 on Chief Executive magazine’s 2017 and 2018 lists of “Best and Worst States for Business.”

The rankings cited Texas’ second-largest state airport system, including the world’s first purely industrial airport at the Fort Worth Alliance Global Logistics Hub; 11 deep-water ports, including the Port of...

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Methodist Midlothian Medical Center Will Be Anchor Institution

August 15, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

The arrival of a new hospital marks a major milestone in a growing community’s development process. It is indicative not only of population growth potential, but also of a fertile environment for business.

A vital asset with the power to significantly enhance residents’ quality of life, hospitals also cultivate community connectivity, set strategic relationships in motion, and can assist businesses in the area. These are just some of the reasons Midlothian is celebrating Methodist Health...

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4 Food Distribution Industry Challenges and How to Overcome Them

August 09, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

There is one constant in the food distribution business: change. Food and beverage distributors are continually adjusting how they operate to meet customer expectations and compete.

Several decades ago, if consumers wanted to purchase groceries, they had to visit separate stores like a butcher for meat and a bakery for bread. Over the years, distribution networks have evolved with the introduction of automobiles, trains, and planes, making it possible for stores to supply all the products...

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Google’s Search Leads to Midlothian

August 07, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

It’s official.

After months of speculation, Alphabet Inc.’s flagship subsidiary, Google, revealed on July 31, 2018, that it had purchased approximately 375 acres of land in Midlothian, Texas.

"Google has purchased property in Midlothian ... and while we do not have a confirmed timeline for development for the site, we want to ensure that we have the option to further grow should our business demand it," said Andrew Silvestri, Google's head of public policy and community relations for the...

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An Ideal Infrastructure: Key Resources Attracting Food Manufacturers to Texas

August 02, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

When choosing the ideal site to expand or relocate a food plant, the decision should always tie back to how the location will help the business thrive.

Food manufacturers often focus on access to a qualified workforce, quality of life, and food safety concerns when considering relocation. These are all valid concerns for site selection; however, other pertinent factors are often overlooked — namely, access to resources.

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Residential Construction Is Booming in Midlothian, Report Shows

According to the most recent School District Strategies report, residential construction activity does not show any sign of letting up in the Midlothian Independent School District.

The report indicates builders started 209 and closed 179 new homes in the district during the first quarter of 2018. This represents the third-most starts in any quarter since 1998 and the second-most closings on record since 2006.

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Food Processing: When the Perimeter Is Perfect

Recent years have seen tremendous change in the food and beverage industry.

Industry analytics illustrate how big brands have taken a hit in marketshare while smaller, up-and-coming brands are making inroads into consumers’ wallets.

An increasing demand for more natural products sans artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives has resulted in waves of shoppers favoring the perimeters of grocery stores rather than the box-filled centers. In other words, a growing preference for fresher fare...

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Midlothian Workforce/Careers Scholarship Supports TSTC’s Tech Talent Pipeline

America has some challenging days ahead when it comes to filling manufacturing positions.

In fact, some industry experts compare the situation to a “perfect storm” fueled by retiring Baby Boomers, insufficient STEM education for American youth, and an opioid epidemic that is especially plaguing manufacturing-centric regions of the United States.

This dismal forecast dovetails with the consensus of other industry projections, including the oft-cited 2015 study done by the Manufacturing...

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Solving the Skilled Labor Shortage in Food Manufacturing

A talented workforce is crucial to the food manufacturing industry, but skilled labor supply is running low across the nation. As Industry 4.0 continues to grow, manufacturing will become increasingly reliant on “middle-skill” and “high-skill” jobs, ranging in education level from technical certifications to PhDs. Yet, experts predict a surplus of 95 million unskilled workers by 2020. This skilled labor shortage is what food manufacturers across the U.S. are citing as their most critical...

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Texas’ Food Processing Industry Flourishing

On the evolving global landscape, no industry is immune to change, and the food processing industry is no exception to the rule.

Factors driving corporate expansion and relocation decisions include access to consumers, delivery options, food safety, labor availability, changing market demands, waste reduction, and more.

As a state that has proven itself to be pro-business time and again, Texas offers a multitude of advantages to food processing companies eager to optimize their operations.

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