Round Rock focuses on adding more manufacturing jobs

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The growth in Central Texas is not only measured by the number of new people, but also the number of new companies. Round Rock is one city actively recruiting businesses to move into their city limits.

ClearCorrect has been making clear liners for eight years.

“We straighten teeth with dentists across the United States,”  said Anthony Penketh, ClearCorrect chief marketing officer.

The company first opened in Houston but is now based in Round Rock. Penketh knows it was a needed move for the company’s growth.

“We decided to move to Round Rock simply because of the location is surrounded by high-tech companies,” said Penketh.

This high-tech company was looking for more skilled employees and Penketh said they moved to the source.

“We’ve already hired…lab technicians, programmers, engineers,” he added.

Moves like ClearCorrect’s are exactly what the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce has been pursuing for the past four years. Their goal is to diversify the tax base.

“So that we’re not dependent on one entity or one sector,” said Ben White, vice president of economic development for the Round Rock Chamber and Economic Development.

Cross-country recruiting trips have become common, including one coming up in January.

“We will set up meetings with different industries, different businesses and try to recruit them to relocate to Round Rock,” said White.

ClearCorrect, which moved to Round Rock this past year, now has plans to expand to international clients.

“This is home to us,” Penketh said. “We love it. Love the people, it’s just been great.”

More 2,000 people are employed in manufacturing in Round Rock, equaling more than 4 percent of the total workforce. Round Rock’s growth in manufacturing is mirroring what’s happening across the state. Forbes reports Houston is the top city in the country for manufacturing jobs and San Antonio is close behind in fourth place. The report also found that several cities in California are losing ground.

This story comes from our partnership with Community Impact NewspaperFor more on the Round Rock’s high tech manufacturing push, check out this story in the newspaper.

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