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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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Midlothian Serves Up Site Solutions for Food Processors

Consumers of food and beverage products are a lot like chameleons. Their tastes, preferences, and interests can truly change on a dime.

While one day, consumers might be craving high-protein fare, another day it might be on-the-go nutritional snacks, and yet another week might see demand spike for fresh, minimally processed foods. If one thing is certain in the food processing industry, it’s change.

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How Food Manufacturers Can Earn Consumer Trust on Food Safety

 

When a recall occurs due to a food safety issue, the consequences are widespread and lasting.

Eggs, ground beef, onions, peanuts, peppers, spinach, and most recently, romaine lettuce, have all been in the spotlight due to food safety concerns. And with each incident, the pressure on food manufacturers increases as consumer confidence declines.

Manufacturers will find themselves with greater problems if they do not address food safety issues quickly and efficiently. According to a recent...

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Best Markets for Food Manufacturers: Site-Selection Factors to Consider

The food manufacturing industry is expected to grow at 4.2% annually, reaching $31.5 billion in value by 2020, according to BCC Research. And as the industry grows, food manufacturers are faced with a variety of challenges.

Today’s consumers want products that address a wide range of health and dietary needs. Meanwhile, consumers are also placing an increased importance on waste reduction, labeling and sourcing transparency, food safety, and delivery.

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