ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Gov. Rick Perry praised Texas as a world leader in industrial technology and innovation in remarks Thursday at the grand opening of the 28,000-square-foot Emerson Innovation Center in Round Rock.
With the opening of its research and development center on the site, Emerson, a tech and automation leader in industries including oil and gas, chemical and refining, now employs some 750 people in Central Texas.
And its decision to build in Round Rock, home to the global company’s Process Systems and Solutions headquarters, is just another sign that Texas, with its low taxes, easy regulatory climate and skilled workforce in those industries, is attractive to business, Perry said.
“Today, Emerson officially opens another chapter in its growing story as a technological leader, working with other employers throughout the state and around the world to improve entire industries,” Perry said. “The growth and success of companies like Emerson bolster Texas’ reputation as a state where people can dream big, and make those big dreams happen. That’s because in Texas we believe employers of all sizes need the freedom to make the most of the opportunities before them.”
Emerson is a global manufacturing and technology company with more than 132,000 individuals around the world. In Texas, the company has facilities in Round Rock, Houston, McKinney and Missouri City.
“The Emerson Innovation Center supports the company’s research and development, engineering, project management, training, sales and marketing operations,” reads a statement from Perry’s office. “Also included in this 280,000 square foot campus is Emerson’s new integrated operations center, a first-of-its-kind facility that will serve as a model for finance operations in key industries such as oil and gas, chemical and refining.”