The Houston area has recently been the site of increased interest for companies involved in manufacturing and distribution. Today's production facilities are home to some of the most advanced systems for the creation of goods and components, as well as supply chain management. These technologies demand employees with technical knowledge of diverse equipment and computer systems. With strong investment on the part of leading manufacturers and distributors in Texas, finding the right talent for a growing number of positions may present a challenge to employers.
Distribution center opens in Houston
The Georgia-based distributor of maintenance, repair and operations products, HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, recently announced the opening of a brand new, 500,000-square foot facility in Houston, Industrial Distribution reported. With the new center, the company will increase its commercial footprint two-fold in the Houston market.
"Our expanded presence in the Houston area allows us to improve our local inventory position, ensuring thousands of quality products are available when and where our customers need them," explained Anesa Chaibi, president & CEO of the company.
When the distribution center reaches full operating capacity, there will be more than 100 new open positions that will require talent with a strong handle on supply chain management. As a supplier for businesses in the hospitality, health care, education and commercial properties and government sectors, HD Supply Facilities Maintenance has a broad reach and is responsible for handling tens of thousands of in-stock products. As a result, logistics plays a big role in ensuring the company functions effectively.
Electrical supplier obtains new facility
Meanwhile, Cordyne Inc., will begin using a newly acquired 45,000-square foot manufacturing space to accommodate new projects, Houston Business Journal wrote. The electrical supplier will use the new building for heavy manufacturing operations that have outgrown their existing facility.
However, this move is temporary, explained Cordyne President Ben Devine. The company plans to find a much larger building that will house all of its activities, with a design that's customized specifically for its purposes. Cordyne is growing rapidly, having doubled its workforce – from 52 employees to 100 – in just one year. This includes 28 new hires in July, 2014.
But competition for industrial space is fierce. Currently, there's just 6 percent vacancy for industrial facilities in the Houston area. There's widespread interest in the region, especially those in the energy sector.
With companies expanding in the region, it's important to find the right talent for the employer's needs. Technical recruiters help manufacturers and distributors locate highly-skilled job seekers.