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Posts published in March 2011

North Houston sees increased Economic Development activity

NORTHEAST HOUSTON– A new high-tech industry, Neutex Lighting, cut the ribbon on their new offices and manufacturing facility on Vickery Drive last Thursday.
The company develops and manufactures LED and other energy efficient light fixtures. They currently employ about 20 persons in Houston, and expect to add several hundred to the manufacturing staff in the next few months.
Reggie Gray of the North Houston Economic Develooment Council, lauded the move of Neutex, noting that they were taking advantage of the location and strengths of the North Houston area.

As president of the Chamber and the Economic Development Council, he said that his group has responded to almost 30 inquiries from businesses wanting to locate here, since the end of last year.
The ribbon cutting was hosted by John Higgins, president/CEO of Neutex, who said that his company will bring back to this country jobs that had been outsourced overseas. “It only made sense for the company blazing the trail in the advancement of energy usage should be located in the enrgy capital of the world,” remarked Higgins.
East Aldine District and Greenspoint District are two other groups actively pursuing additional economic development for the area. EAD Economic Development director Gretchen Larson reported at the last District workshop in February that two major projects will come online this year. Kennedy Greens Business Park is a 275 acre development on JFK Boulevard, with 5 new businesses committed to buildings so far. Also on JFK will be a new building for Noble Corporation, a major business in the oil and gas field.
Jack Drake reported at a Chamber luncheon last month that SYSCO has built a large distribution facility at I-45 and Beltway 8 on a 1000 acre site in Pinto Business Park, that employs hundreds distributing food throughout the Houston area.