Aerospace

NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

  • Located on the Galveston County-Harris County line
  • $1.5 billion complex
  • Human spaceflight training, research, and flight control are conducted
  • 1,620 acres
  • Home to NASA’s astronaut corps
  • Trains astronauts from the US and its international partners
  • 3,200 employees + 15,000 contractors
  • Home to world famous mission control center
  • Conducts spaceflight-related scientific and medical research programs
  • Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science
    • Research from this facility has had applications in:
      • Medicine
      • Energy
      • Transportation
      • Agriculture
      • Communications
      • Electronics
  • National Space Biomedical Research Institute
    • Research areas:
      • Cardiovascular Alterations
      • Human Factors and Performance
      • Musculoskeletal Alterations
      • Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors
      • Radiation Effects
      • Sensorimotor Applications
      • Smart Medical Systems and Technology
  • Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory
    • Simulated tasks in space to mimic microgravity activities
  • Lunar Sample Laboratory
    • Houses geologic samples returned from the Moon and other extraterrestrial samples, along with associated data records
    • Laboratories study the samples without contamination
    • 40-50 proposals to allow research on the samples are approved per year and approximately 400 lunar samples per year are made available for research
  • Click here to learn how to do business with this NASA facility:
    https://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/business/index.html

NASA

Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science

Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

 

Airports

  • Hobby Airport
    • Galveston County is located 6 miles from Hobby Airport in Houston.
    • Hobby Airport provides international service to Mexico and Central and South America.
    • 4 runways ranging from 5,000 ft. long to 7,600 ft. long
    • Over 150 daily nonstop flights to more than 40 cities are serviced out of Hobby.
    • Hobby Airport is a hub for Southwest Airlines.
    • Multiple other airlines have flights out of Hobby:
      • American Airlines
      • Delta
      • JetBlue

    Hobby Airport

    Hobby Airport

    Hobby Airport

     
  • Ellington Airport
    Ellington Airport
    • Ellington Airport is one of just ten spaceports in the United States.
    • Ellington Airport is located 12 miles north Galveston County near NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
    • Ellington Airport is home to numerous military operations:
      • Texas Air National Guard
      • Army National Guard
      • Coast Guard
    • With its newly christened designation as a spaceport, Ellington Airport offers many opportunities for commercial development.
    • 3 runways including one that is 8,000 ft. long and one that is 9,000 ft. long

  • Scholes International Airport
    • Scholes International Airport on Galveston Island is an FBO with 24-hour service.
    • Scholes features two 6,000 ft. runways that are long enough to accommodate airplanes as large as the Boeing 767.
    • Scholes has more than 60,000 aircraft operations per year.

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  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport
    • Galveston County is located 42 miles to George Bush Intercontinental Airport which serves more than 40 million passengers per year.
    • Bush Airport is the 7th largest international passenger gateway into the US.
    • Bush Airport is the 7th busiest airport in the world for total aircraft movements.
    • Bush Airport is a United Hub.
    • Bush Airport is the 12th largest gateway for international cargo moved into the US.

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    George Bush Intercontinental Airport

    United Airlines

Aerospace Companies

  • The following number of aerospace companies have a location in the Galveston County Region which includes the Metro Houston MSA:
    • 84 Support Activities for Air Transportation
    • 25 Other Airport Operations
    • 57 Nonscheduled Chartered Passenger Air Transportation Companies
    • 18 Nonscheduled Chartered Freight Air Transportation Companies
    • 15 Scheduled Freight Air Transportation Companies
    • 6 Other Aircraft Parks and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing Companies
    • 4 Aircraft Manufacturers
    • 3 Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturers

Engineering Talent

  • The following are the number of engineers employed in the Galveston County region, Houston MSA, which can support the aerospace sector:
    • 7,957 Mechanical Engineers
    • 4,672 Industrial Engineers
    • 2,874 Chemists
    • 2,127 Aerospace Engineers
    • 785 Computer Hardware Engineers
    • 595 Materials Engineers

Skilled Labor

The following are the number of people employed by occupation in the Galveston County region, Houston MSA which could interest the aerospace sector.

  • 17,702 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • 11,700 Machinists
  • 4,377 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
  • 3,437 Sheet Metal Workers
  • 3,294 Industrial Production Managers
  • 2,858 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators
  • 2,533 Multiple Machine Tool Operators
  • 2,418 Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • 1,781 Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
  • 1,351 Grinders, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators
  • 1,314 Millwrights
  • 1,167 Milling and Planing Machine Operators
  • 1,012 Extruding and Drawing Machine Operators
  • 842 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Operators
  • 757 Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • 672 Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers
  • 540 Drilling and Boring Machine Operators
  • 375 Electro-Mechanical Technicians
  • 242 Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
  • 224 Rolling Machine Operators
  • 165 Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Picking Equipment Operators
  • 121 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
  • 15,153 Military Occupations
  • 10,723 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 3,835 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators
  • 3,412 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • 3,144 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 2,730 Lathe and Turning Machine Operators
  • 2,460 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • 1,814 Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
  • 1,421 Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
  • 1,339 Molding, Coremaking and Casting Machine Operators
  • 1,266 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators
  • 1,025 Painters, Transportation Equipment
  • 942 Heat Treating Equipment Operators
  • 822 Plating and Coating Machine Operators
  • 677 Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators
  • 660 Forging Machine Operators
  • 440 Tool and Die Makers
  • 341 Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Operators
  • 229 Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators
  • 222 Avionics Technicians
  • 162 Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging and Systems Assemblers
 
  • 17,702 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • 15,153 Military Occupations
  • 11,700 Machinists
  • 10,723 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 4,377 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
  • 3,835 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators
  • 3,437 Sheet Metal Workers
  • 3,412 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • 3,294 Industrial Production Managers
  • 3,144 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 2,858 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators
  • 2,730 Lathe and Turning Machine Operators
  • 2,533 Multiple Machine Tool Operators
  • 2,460 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • 2,418 Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • 1,814 Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
  • 1,781 Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
  • 1,421 Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
  • 1,351 Grinders, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators
  • 1,339 Molding, Coremaking and Casting Machine Operators
  • 1,314 Millwrights
  • 1,266 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators
  • 1,167 Milling and Planing Machine Operators
  • 1,025 Painters, Transportation Equipment
  • 1,012 Extruding and Drawing Machine Operators
  • 942 Heat Treating Equipment Operators
  • 842 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Operators
  • 822 Plating and Coating Machine Operators
  • 757 Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • 677 Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators
  • 672 Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers
  • 660 Forging Machine Operators
  • 540 Drilling and Boring Machine Operators
  • 440 Tool and Die Makers
  • 375 Electro-Mechanical Technicians
  • 341 Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Operators
  • 242 Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
  • 229 Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators
  • 224 Rolling Machine Operators
  • 222 Avionics Technicians
  • 165 Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Picking Equipment Operators
  • 162 Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging and Systems Assemblers
  • 121 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
 

Low Cost Electric Power

Three electric companies distribute power to Galveston County: Texas/New Mexico Power, CenterPoint Energy, and Entergy

  • Three electric companies distribute electrical power to Galveston County. These three companies and their service areas are:
    • Texas/New Mexico Power
      • Friendswood
      • League City
      • Dickinson
      • La Marque
      • Texas City
      • Hitchcock
    • CenterPoint Energy
      • Clear Lake Shores
      • Dickinson
      • Friendswood
      • Hitchcock
      • Kemah
      • La Marque
      • League City
      • Santa Fe
      • Texas City
    • Entergy
      • Bolivar Peninsula

Deep Water Port Access

  • Galveston County has deep water port access via the Port of Galveston and Port of Texas City. Galveston County is also adjacent to Port Freeport and the Port of Houston.
    • Port of Galveston
      Port of Galveston
      • Deepwater Port
      • Equipped to handle: containers, dry and liquid bulk, breakbulk, RO/RO, refrigerated and project cargoes.
      • Foreign Trade Zone
      • 4th busiest cruise port in the US
      • Ranked #7 in tanker calls among US ports
      • The following Companies call on the Port of Galveston:
        • ARC – American Roll-On, Roll-Off Carrier
        • Del Monte
        • Hoegh Autoliners
        • K Line Ro Ro
        • WWL -  Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

    • Port of Texas City
      Port of Texas City
      • Deepwater Port
      • 11th busiest port in the US in terms of overall annual tonnage
      • UP Railroad and BNSF Railway
      • Foreign Trade Zone
      • Ranked #4 in tanker calls among US ports
      • Over $270 billion in annual economic activity

    • Port of Houston
      • Deepwater Port
      • Busiest port in US in terms of foreign tonnage
      • 2nd busiest port in US in terms of overall tonnage
      • 13th busiest port in the world
      • 2 Cargo Container Terminals
      • 5 Major General Cargo Terminals
      • Part of Foreign Trade Zone

      Port of Houston

    • Port Freeport
      • Deepwater Port
      • Equipped to handle: cargo & breakbulk operations, container operations, heavy lift, RO/RO
      • Foreign Trade Zone
      • 800 vessel calls per year

      Port Freeport

    Road Access

    Regional Interstate Map

    Interstate 45

    • Interstate 45
      • Interstate 45 serves Galveston County connecting us directly to the Houston Metro Area.
      • Over a Billion Dollars of Road Improvements
        • More than an estimated billion dollars will be spent on transportation infrastructure improvement in Galveston County over the next decade. Click here to learn more.
        • This investment will better connect Galveston County to the greater Houston Region.

    Support Services

    The following numbers of supporting companies which can supply the aerospace sector are located within Galveston County:

    • 108 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
    • 77 Commercial Banks
    • 50 Electrical Contractors
    • 34 Credit Unions
    • 25 Janitorial Services
    • 21 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance
    • 15 Industrial Building Construction Contractors
    • 12 Industrial Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
    • 11 Marketing Consulting Companies
    • 10 Employment Placement Agencies
    • 8 Security Guards and Patrol Services Companies
    • 8 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Leasing Companies
    • 5 Advertising Agencies
    • 5 Industrial Gas Manufacturing Companies
    • 4 Solid Waste Collection Companies
    • 4 Specialized Freight Trucking, Long-Distance
    • 3 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal Companies
    • 2 Deep Sea Freight Transportation Companies
    • 2 Commercial Air, Rail, and Water Transportation Equipment Rental and Leasing Companies
    • 1 Collection Agency
    • 1 International Trade Financing Company
    • 100 Offices of Lawyers
    • 70 Engineering Services
    • 48 Computer Systems Design Services Companies
    • 26 Industrial Machinery Wholesalers
    • 22 Temporary Help Agencies
    • 17 Freight Transportation Arrangement
    • 15 General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance
    • 11 General Freight Trucking, Local
    • 10 Marine Cardo Handling Companies
    • 10 Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services
    • 8 Computer and Office Machine Repair Companies
    • 6 Inland Water Freight Transportation Companies
    • 5 Specialized Freight Trucking, Local
    • 5 Nonscheduled Chartered Passenger Air Transportation
    • 4 Payroll Services Companies
    • 4 General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Less than Truckload
    • 2 Solid Waste Landfill Companies
    • 2 Sales Financing Companies
    • 1 Hazardous Waste Collection Company
    • 1 Industrial Design Service Company
     
    • 108 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
    • 100 Offices of Lawyers
    • 77 Commercial Banks
    • 70 Engineering Services
    • 50 Electrical Contractors
    • 48 Computer Systems Design Services Companies
    • 34 Credit Unions
    • 26 Industrial Machinery Wholesalers
    • 25 Janitorial Services
    • 22 Temporary Help Agencies
    • 21 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance
    • 17 Freight Transportation Arrangement
    • 15 Industrial Building Construction Contractors
    • 15 General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance
    • 12 Industrial Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
    • 11 General Freight Trucking, Local
    • 11 Marketing Consulting Companies
    • 10 Marine Cardo Handling Companies
    • 10 Employment Placement Agencies
    • 10 Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services
    • 8 Security Guards and Patrol Services Companies
    • 8 Computer and Office Machine Repair Companies
    • 8 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Leasing Companies
    • 6 Inland Water Freight Transportation Companies
    • 5 Advertising Agencies
    • 5 Specialized Freight Trucking, Local
    • 5 Industrial Gas Manufacturing Companies
    • 5 Nonscheduled Chartered Passenger Air Transportation
    • 4 Solid Waste Collection Companies
    • 4 Payroll Services Companies
    • 4 Specialized Freight Trucking, Long-Distance
    • 4 General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Less than Truckload
    • 3 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal Companies
    • 2 Solid Waste Landfill Companies
    • 2 Deep Sea Freight Transportation Companies
    • 2 Sales Financing Companies
    • 2 Commercial Air, Rail, and Water Transportation Equipment Rental and Leasing Companies
    • 1 Hazardous Waste Collection Company
    • 1 Collection Agency
    • 1 Industrial Design Service Company
    • 1 International Trade Financing Company

    Two Top-10 Aerospace Engineering Schools

    • According to the US News and World Reports annual rankings of aerospace engineering schools, we have two of the top-10 aerospace engineering schools in the nation located nearby!
      • The University of Texas at Austin
        • 7th Best in USA
      • Texas A&M University, College Station
        • 10th Best in USA

    The University of Texas at Austin

    Texas A&M University

     

    Workforce Training

    • Texas Skills Development Fund
      • Up to $1,500/employee for customized training through a local college.
    • On-The-Job Training Cash
      • Businesses may be reimbursed for up to half of a new employee’s wages while the employee learns the job, on the job, for up to 6 months.
    • OJT Participant Criteria
      • New employees covered by an OJT agreement must be unemployed or underemployed.
    • Training Rules
      • Reimbursement depends on the wages paid to new employees and the length of training.
      • The length of training is negotiated based on the skills necessary to perform the job(s) and the new employees’ existing skills.
      • Limited to no more than 50% of the total workforce or new hires.
      • The maximum length of training is limited to no more than six months or 1040 hours.
      • Businesses that relocate and lay off workers at another location may not receive an OJT for 120 days after relocating.

    Taxes & Business Costs

    • Galveston County features major tax and business costs advantages:
      • No state corporate income tax
      • No state individual income tax
      • Only state in the USA that does not require private companies to have workers’ compensation insurance.

    Additional Information

Source of Business and Labor Numbers: The Next Move Group