Manufacturing Jobs Surge in Fort Worth
Everyone knows manufacturing jobs are dead in America. Everyone, that is, except Fort Worth, Texas where the number of manufacturing jobs grew by 6 percent in the 12-month period ending July 2013.
Those impressive numbers get even better when employment figures generated with the September opening of the Google’s Moto X plant are considered. For Fort Worth, the economic impact will be even greater if the Moto X plant can attract its suppliers to the area. A key reason manufacturing jobs matter to the economy is due to the spin-off jobs created. The plant, operated by Flextronics International, employs approximately 2500 people and ships more than 100,000 phones into the market each week.
The Moto X facility in Fort Worth is the first smartphone plant in the country, and it signals that times may be changing for the future of manufacturing in America. Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative, which focuses on the return of manufacturing from overseas markets, says companies like Google are looking at more than wages and per-piece prices. Offshore manufacturing costs can include duties, freight, packaging and the inability to be flexible with design and customization. Read more about Moser’s Reshoring Initiative and the information he shared at the recent 2013 IEDC conference.
Fort Worth has a growing base of manufacturers including the General Motors truck plant in Arlington and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, which was recently awarded a $3.4 billion contract to build fighter planes for the U.S. military and foreign services. Other Fort Worth manufacturing facilities include Justin Boots, Q-Edge and GE Transportation.