Metalworking

Our Metalworking Cluster

  • Galveston County is home to a multitude of metalworking companies including the following:
    • Redguard
    • Gulf Copper Dry Dock and Rig Repair
    • Malin International Ship Repair and Drydock
    • Industrial Material Corporation
    • CMC Commercial Metals
    • Tennille Incorporated
    • Farmers Copper
    • Partners Metalfab LP
    • Standard Steel Supply, INC.
  • Since 2010 the number of people employed in the following metalworking sectors have grown in Galveston County:
    • 22% growth in Assemblers and Fabricators
    • 13% growth in Multiple Machine Tool Operators
    • 9% Growth in Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
    • 8% growth in Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators
    • 8% growth in Sheet Metal Workers
    • 7% growth in Welders, Cutters, Solders, and Brazers
    • 6% growth in Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators
    • 4% growth in Machinists
  • Galveston County features more workers in the following metalworking sectors than the average US labor shed:
    • 93% more Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
    • 24% more Structural Iron and Steel Workers
    • 16% more Millwrights
    • 14% more Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
    • 5% more Welders, Cutters, Soldereres, and Brazers

Galveston County is home to a multitude of metalworking companies

Metalworking Companies in the Galveston County Region (Metro Houston MSA)

The following number of metalworking companies have a location in the Galveston County Region which includes the Houston MSA:

  • 690 Machine Shops
  • 342 Oil & Gas Field Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers
  • 93 Instruments for Measuring, Displaying, and Controlling Industrial Processes Manufacturers
  • 88 Sheet Metal Work Manufacturers
  • 73 Industrial Valve Manufacturers
  • 46 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturers
  • 38 Prefabricated Metal Building Manufacturers
  • 37 Pump and Pumping Equipment Manufacturers
  • 32 Fluid Power Valve and Hose Fitting Manufacturers
  • 31 Metal Heat Treaters
  • 28 Air-Conditioning and Heating Equipment and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers
  • 28 Saw Blade and Handtool Manufacturers
  • 26 Relay and Industrial Control Manufacturers
  • 22 Surgical and Medical Equipment Manufacturers
  • 22 Cutting Tool and Machine Tool Accessory Manufacturers
  • 19 Iron and Steel Forgers
  • 16 Motor and Generator Manufacturers
  • 15 Motor Vehicle Gasoline Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturers
  • 13 Spring Manufacturers
  • 11 Metal Crown, Closure, and Other Metal Stamping (except Automotive) Manufacturers
  • 10 Construction Machinery Manufacturers
  • 9 Industrial Fan and Air Purification Equipment Manufacturers
  • 7 Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturers
  • 7 Turbine and Turbine Generators Set Units Manufacturers
  • 7 Mining Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers
  • 6 Industrial Truck, Tractor, Trailer, and Stacker Machinery Manufacturers
  • 5 Musical Instrument Manufacturers
  • 5 Plumbing Fixture Fitting and Trim Manufacturers
  • 4 Metal Can Manufacturers
  • 4 Aircraft Manufacturers
  • 4 Metal Kitchen Cookware, Utensil, Cutlery, and Flatware Manufacturers
  • 3 Farm Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers
  • 3 Iron Foundries
  • 3 Copper Rolling, Drawing, Extruding, and Alloying Manufactures
  • 2 Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturers
  • 2 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Smelting and Refiners
  • 2 Elevator and Moving Stairway Manufacturers
  • 2 Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturers
  • 1 Secondary Smelter and Alloyer of Aluminum
  • 1 Lawn and Garden Tractor Equipment Manufacturer
  • 516 Metal Service Centers and Other Metal Merchant Wholesalers
  • 114 Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturers
  • 92 Plate Work Manufacturers
  • 85 Fabricated Pipe & Pipe Fitting Manufacturers
  • 82 Metal Coating and Engraving Manufacturers
  • 65 Electroplating, Plating, and Polishers
  • 44 Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturers
  • 34 Machine Tool Manufacturers
  • 32 Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturers
  • 28 Ship Builders and Repairers
  • 28 Iron and Steel Pipe and Tube Manufacturers from Purchased Steel
  • 26 Air and Gas Compressor Manufacturers
  • 25 Bolt, Nut, Screw, Rivet, and Washer Manufacturers
  • 22 Metal Window and Door Manufacturers
  • 21 Power Boiler and Heat Exchanger Manufacturers
  • 19 Fluid Power Cylinder and Actuator Manufacturers
  • 15 Welding and Soldering Equipment Manufacturers
  • 14 Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturers
  • 12 Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturers
  • 10 Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturers
  • 9 Steel Wire Drawers
  • 8 Rolling Mill and Other Metalworking Machinery Manufacturers
  • 7 Steel Foundries
  • 7 Nonferrous Metal (except Cooper and Aluminum) Rolling, Drawing, and Extruders
  • 7 Industrial Mold Manufacturers
  • 6 Packaging Machinery Manufacturers
  • 5 Scale and Balance Manufacturers
  • 5 Secondary Smelters, Refiners, and Alloyers of Nonferrous Metal (except Cooper and Aluminum)
  • 4 Hardware Manufacturers
  • 4 Power-Driven Handtool Manufacturers
  • 3 Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturers
  • 3 Steel Investment Foundries
  • 3 Motor Vehicle Transmission and Power Train Parts Manufacturers
  • 3 Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting)
  • 2 Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturers
  • 2 Nonferrous Metal Die-Casting Foundries
  • 2 Motor Vehicle Brake System Manufacturer2
  • 1 Measuring and Dispensing Pump Manufacturer
  • 1 Motor Vehicle Steering and Suspension Components Manufacturer
  • 1 Aluminum Sheet, Plate, and Foil Manufacturer
  • 1 Alumina Refiner and Primary Aluminum Production
  • 690 Machine Shops
  • 516 Metal Service Centers and Other Metal Merchant Wholesalers
  • 342 Oil & Gas Field Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers
  • 114 Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturers
  • 93 Instruments for Measuring, Displaying, and Controlling Industrial Processes Manufacturers
  • 92 Plate Work Manufacturers
  • 88 Sheet Metal Work Manufacturers
  • 85 Fabricated Pipe & Pipe Fitting Manufacturers
  • 82 Metal Coating and Engraving Manufacturers
  • 73 Industrial Valve Manufacturers
  • 65 Electroplating, Plating, and Polishers
  • 46 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturers
  • 44 Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturers
  • 38 Prefabricated Metal Building Manufacturers
  • 37 Pump and Pumping Equipment Manufacturers
  • 34 Machine Tool Manufacturers
  • 32 Fluid Power Valve and Hose Fitting Manufacturers
  • 32 Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturers
  • 31 Metal Heat Treaters
  • 28 Ship Builders and Repairers
  • 28 Air-Conditioning and Heating Equipment and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers
  • 28 Iron and Steel Pipe and Tube Manufacturers from Purchased Steel
  • 28 Saw Blade and Handtool Manufacturers
  • 26 Air and Gas Compressor Manufacturers
  • 26 Relay and Industrial Control Manufacturers
  • 25 Bolt, Nut, Screw, Rivet, and Washer Manufacturers
  • 22 Surgical and Medical Equipment Manufacturers
  • 22 Metal Window and Door Manufacturers
  • 22 Cutting Tool and Machine Tool Accessory Manufacturers
  • 21 Power Boiler and Heat Exchanger Manufacturers
  • 19 Iron and Steel Forgers
  • 19 Fluid Power Cylinder and Actuator Manufacturers
  • 16 Motor and Generator Manufacturers
  • 15 Welding and Soldering Equipment Manufacturers
  • 15 Motor Vehicle Gasoline Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturers
  • 14 Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturers
  • 13 Spring Manufacturers
  • 12 Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturers
  • 11 Metal Crown, Closure, and Other Metal Stamping (except Automotive) Manufacturers
  • 10 Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturers
  • 10 Construction Machinery Manufacturers
  • 9 Steel Wire Drawers
  • 9 Industrial Fan and Air Purification Equipment Manufacturers
  • 8 Rolling Mill and Other Metalworking Machinery Manufacturers
  • 7 Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturers
  • 7 Steel Foundries
  • 7 Turbine and Turbine Generators Set Units Manufacturers
  • 7 Nonferrous Metal (except Cooper and Aluminum) Rolling, Drawing, and Extruders
  • 7 Mining Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers
  • 7 Industrial Mold Manufacturers
  • 6 Industrial Truck, Tractor, Trailer, and Stacker Machinery Manufacturers
  • 6 Packaging Machinery Manufacturers
  • 5 Musical Instrument Manufacturers
  • 5 Scale and Balance Manufacturers
  • 5 Plumbing Fixture Fitting and Trim Manufacturers
  • 5 Secondary Smelters, Refiners, and Alloyers of Nonferrous Metal (except Cooper and Aluminum)
  • 4 Metal Can Manufacturers
  • 4 Hardware Manufacturers
  • 4 Aircraft Manufacturers
  • 4 Power-Driven Handtool Manufacturers
  • 4 Metal Kitchen Cookware, Utensil, Cutlery, and Flatware Manufacturers
  • 3 Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturers
  • 3 Farm Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers
  • 3 Steel Investment Foundries
  • 3 Iron Foundries
  • 3 Motor Vehicle Transmission and Power Train Parts Manufacturers
  • 3 Copper Rolling, Drawing, Extruding, and Alloying Manufactures
  • 3 Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting)
  • 2 Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturers
  • 2 Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturers
  • 2 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Smelting and Refiners
  • 2 Nonferrous Metal Die-Casting Foundries
  • 2 Elevator and Moving Stairway Manufacturers
  • 2 Motor Vehicle Brake System Manufacturer2
  • 2 Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturers
  • 1 Measuring and Dispensing Pump Manufacturer
  • 1 Secondary Smelter and Alloyer of Aluminum
  • 1 Motor Vehicle Steering and Suspension Components Manufacturer
  • 1 Lawn and Garden Tractor Equipment Manufacturer
  • 1 Aluminum Sheet, Plate, and Foil Manufacturer
  • 1 Alumina Refiner and Primary Aluminum Production

Engineering Talent

The following are the number of engineers employed in the Galveston County region, Houston MSA:

  • 7,957 Mechanical Engineers
  • 2,874 Chemists
  • 1,148 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
  • 595 Materials Engineers
  • 4,672 Industrial Engineers
  • 2,127 Aerospace Engineers
  • 785 Computer Hardware Engineers
  • 572 Mining and Geological Engineers
  • 7,957 Mechanical Engineers
  • 4,672 Industrial Engineers
  • 2,874 Chemists
  • 2,127 Aerospace Engineers
  • 1,148 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
  • 785 Computer Hardware Engineers
  • 595 Materials Engineers
  • 572 Mining and Geological Engineers

Skilled Labor

The following are the number of people employed by occupation in the Galveston County region, Houston MSA which could interest the metal-working sector:

  • 47,756 General and Operations Managers
  • 17,702 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • 15,107 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
  • 13,993 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • 10,723 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 4,791 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
  • 3,835 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators
  • 3,412 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • 3,294 Industrial Production Managers
  • 2,858 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators
  • 2,730 Lathe and Turning Machine Operators
  • 2,460 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • 1,814 Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
  • 1,707 Pipelayers
  • 1,547 Riggers
  • 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
  • 870 Power Plant Operators
  • 822 Plating and Coating 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
  • 193 Foundry Mold and Coremakers
  • 165 Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Picking Equipment Operators
  • 162 Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging and Systems Assemblers
  • 156 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier and Kettle Operators
  • 116 Pourers and Casters, Metal
  • 45,585 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • 15,153 Military Occupations
  • 14,413 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
  • 11,700 Machinists
  • 10,715 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
  • 4,377 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
  • 3,437 Sheet Metal Workers
  • 3,379 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand
  • 3,144 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 2,750 Structural Iron and Steel Workers
  • 2,533 Multiple Machine Tool Operators
  • 2,418 Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • 1,781 Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
  • 1,634 Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
  • 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
  • 842 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Operators
  • 770 Boilermakers
  • 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
  • 177 Metal-Refining Furnace Operators
  • 121 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
  • 116 Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
 
  • 47,756 General and Operations Managers
  • 45,585 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • 17,702 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • 15,153 Military Occupations
  • 15,107 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
  • 14,413 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
  • 13,993 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • 11,700 Machinists
  • 10,723 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 10,715 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
  • 4,791 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
  • 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
  • 3,379 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand
  • 3,294 Industrial Production Managers
  • 3,144 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 2,858 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators
  • 2,750 Structural Iron and Steel Workers
  • 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
  • 1,707 Pipelayers
  • 1,634 Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
  • 1,547 Riggers
  • 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
  • 870 Power Plant Operators
  • 842 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Operators
  • 822 Plating and Coating Machine Operators
  • 770 Boilermakers
  • 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
  • 193 Foundry Mold and Coremakers
  • 177 Metal-Refining Furnace Operators
  • 165 Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Picking Equipment Operators
  • 162 Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging and Systems Assemblers
  • 156 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier and Kettle Operators
  • 121 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
  • 116 Pourers and Casters, Metal
  • 116 Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

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


Electric Power Distribution Map

Natural Gas

Texas contains the country’s largest natural gas infrastructure network with Metro Houston being the logistics control center for moving most of the nation’s petroleum and natural gas.

  • Natural Gas Pipelines in the USA:


    Natural Gas Pipelines in the USA

  • Natural Gas Transmission and Storage Infrastructure in the North American Market:


    Natural Gas Transmission and Storage Infrastructure in the North American Market

  • Our area has more Natural Gas Processing Capacity than any other region in the USA.


    Our area has more Natural Gas Processing Capacity than any other region in the USA

  • Natural Gas Mainline Compressor Stations:


    Natural Gas Mainline Compressor Stations

    Compressor Stations Are Present Throughout the Natural Gas System

  • Galveston County is in the CenterPoint Energy Distribution Area.


    CenterPoint Energy Distribution Area Map

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
      • 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 Galveston

    • 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 Texas City

      Port of Texas City

    • 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 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.

    Interstate 45

    Air Access

    • 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 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

      Ellington Airport

      Ellington Airport

    • 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.

      scholes

    • 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.

      scholes

      George Bush Intercontinental Airport

      United Airlines

    Rail Access

    Galveston County Rail Access

    • Galveston County is served by the following: Union Pacific, BNSF, Galveston Railroad (Genesee & Wyoming)
      Union PacificBNSF RailwayGalveston Railroad

    Support Services

    The following numbers of supporting companies which can supply the metalworking 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 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
    • 1 Collection Agency
    • 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

    Community College Programs to Support Metalworking

    • The College of the Mainland and Galveston College both have Welding Technology programs to support this sector.
      College of the MainlandGalveston College

    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

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

    Additional Information

Source of Business and Labor Numbers: The Next Move Group