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Vol. 8, Issue 3 • March 2020
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KERR Manufacturing could play a major role in Kerr County’s future, and companies like All-Plastics will lead the way in driving this growth
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Kerrville needs a strong economic development voice run by businesses By E. Walter Koenig III
Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce
he reality that we all face is that it’s an incredibly competitive world. The competitive landscape is particularly acute in the State of Texas. Top-flight companies are moving to Texas but they are very selective and deliberate in how they choose to invest and on where they choose to locate. If we, as a community aren’t proactively working to attract companies and if we don’t have the necessary incentives on offer to gain their commitment to establish in Kerrville, we will certainly lose and miss valuable opportunities in this challenging market. We will also lose, to some degree, control of our own destiny. Primary jobs are defined as those jobs that produce goods and services that are consumed outside Kerr County. This class of jobs is important since they bring new revenue into our local economy. The Kerr Economic Development Corporation is focused on both supporting local and recruiting new companies who provide primary jobs. Our local manufacturers are one key provider of primary jobs. To effectively grow and diversify our economy, we need to continually grow the number of primary jobs available to our local workforce. In the encouragement of thoughtful, planned growth of our manufacturing capacity, we view the engagement and recruitment of the best companies to join our community as fundamental. We want companies that bring high paying jobs and who operate in an environmentally friendly fashion. We want companies who are community-minded and involved. We want companies who have the financial strength and strategic position to survive and thrive over the long term. We also understand that every community wants this type of company and that to be successful, we need to compete to win. We also support and encourage the promotion of opportunities for all citizens and future generations. We support the growth of our middle class and middle class families. This demographic shift requires the addition of high quality, career-oriented jobs, to our community. We must also and perhaps more importantly capture the imagination and provide opportunities for our young people. We need to insure that whether a student is graduating from Tivy High School or from one of our great Universities that they need to have the opportunity to establish a life and a career in our community. To achieve this we again need more high quality, career-oriented jobs provided by the best companies. In order to attract the kind of companies to our community who will ultimately support the growth of our local economy requires concerted, proactive and effective economic development efforts. We are fortunate to have a great team that spans all of the required disciplines to address the emerging opportunities. While we have work to do to truly be a great place to do business, we have seen real progress and we are gaining traction on a number of fronts. The Chamber is committed to the continued support a competitive and successful economy by working hard on all fronts to ensure that Kerrville has the necessary tools and facilities to continue to effectively compete to attract and retain the finest companies possible. We view the maintenance of a business-led economic development corporation as essential to the continued progress and success that we are enjoying.
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Moore’s Home Furnishing’s is one of Kerrville’s oldest businesses and renewed its Diamond-level membership in March. Last year, the furniture store was named one of the top businesses in the community. The initial family business was started in 1892 by Tom Moore in Ingram, Texas and throughout the years has consisted of many different operations including general store, lumber and furniture. David Rittenhouse & Associates, Inc. Davis Bonding Company, LP Designs N Such DOCUmation Edward Jones - Bryon Mein Edward Jones- Zach Riffett Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Co. Garrett Auctions Gregory R. Seibert, CPA Herring Printing Hill Country Cafe, a Texas Legend Hill Country Dist. Jr. Livestock Show Hill Country Stone, Inc. J M Lowe & Company Kerr Emergency 911 Network Kerrville Aviation Kerrville Board of Realtors, Inc. Kerrville Clock Company Mountain Villa Assisted Living NobiliTea R & R Pest Control Residential Finance Corp. Rhodes Construction Royal Pane Window Cleaning San Saba Cap & Apparel, Inc. Schilling Overhead Door Co.
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âž¤ The March Coffee Talk at the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce featured a presenation from the Precinct 2 Prosperity Program, which aims to reverse longheld alcohol prohibitions in that part of Kerr County. According to the website of the intiative: Our mission is to pass legislation that will legalize the sale of all alcholic beverages, including mixed beverages in Precinct 2 with a vision to bring increased economic opportunities to our region. The group will be collecting signatures to have the item placed on the Nov. 3 General Election. Claudia Richards is helping lead the initiative with the support of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Above: Claudia Richards, standing left, and Rachel London, vice president at the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, discuss the need for the Precinct 2 Prosperity Program. Right: Richards and London show off a vest that will be worn by volunteers who will canvass Precinct 2 of Kerr County seeking signature to place the amendment to end restrictive drinking laws on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot.
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âž¤ Regional Standard Taxi LLC provides transportation for Kerrville and surrounding areas will be celebrated their Grand Opening with a ribbon-cutting at the Chamber. The Chamber recognizes the importance of accessible transportation in the area and love having Regional Standard Taxi as one of our members. If you need a ride, give them a call at 830-370-3324.
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HIGHER REACH Economic future of Kerrville seems ready to soar to new heights as new projects head this way in the near future Story by Sean Batura and Ariel Lutnesky email@example.com
he consensus among officials who offered presentations at Thursday’s economic summit in Kerrville was that the city is perfectly placed to become a regional retail hub and attract more blue- and whitecollar workers. An alliance of businesses, local government officials, nonprofits and economic development experts has pledged to make this a reality, as evidenced by the various presentations at the fourth annual Hill Country Economic Summit. “We want to take this community now to a whole different level,” said one of the event’s speakers, Gilberto Salinas, Kerr Economic Development Corporation chief operating officer. Rather than being known as a semi-retirement, outdoorsy community, officials and residents must welcome more manufacturing and high-tech companies, along with the necessary housing and amenities future workers will need, he said. But this can be done without sacrificing “quality of place” and while still making the area attractive to retirees, he indicated. Other officials also expressed confidence that a growth in industry and the county’s population — projected at about 10,000 more by 2050 — can happen while preserving the elements that make Kerrville a great place to retire and start families. "This community is such a special place to be, and I get to share that and I get to be inspired by you,” said Theresa Metcalf during her talk at the event. She leads business retention and development at KEDC.
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Gil Salinas “We want to take this community to a whole different level.”
Theresa Metcalf “This community is such a special place to be, and I get to share this and I get to be inspired by you. I say this all the time: I get to live here, we get to live here and it’s really an incredible place.”
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“I'm kind of impressed with some of the statistics. I'm surprised at some of the population numbers, particularly on the younger side (in the Kerr County area). I didn't realize they were that high. That was enlightening.”
“The biggest takeaway is that this community’s EDC group has a good handle on what’s going on and is strategically looking at what’s needed and putting in place plans to make it happen. That’s great; that means it protects our quality of life.”
“The information presented by the Texas Workforce Commission and all of their many, many programs, was amazing. It made me think of some of our local groups that could very well utilize that if they’re not already.”
Alex Starovic “You need to know these things to see what direction (to go), and if it’s not good, what can we do to change it? I see that we’re vibrant, we have good people here, young people, and we’ve got to see what it takes to get our town going and what to do for young people in our future.”
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2020 HILL COUNTRY ECONOMIC SUMMIT “I say this all the time: I get to live here, we get to live here and it’s really an incredible place,” Metcalf said. A lot of the growth in Kerr County is expected to be enabled by the sewer infrastructure being laid in the eastern part of the county toward Comfort, Salinas said. He said it’s “too late” for Kerrville to have a say in avoiding some of the growth that’s come to communities in Boerne. “It’s a good thing,” Salinas added. The keynote speaker at the event, housing economist Jim Gaines, presented data indicating there will be growth in Texas spreading out from the San Antonio area. Gaines said the state will gain from 22 million to 30 million people by 2050 — the number-one state for this growth — although he added that various projections may change with the next U.S. Census. Current estimates indicate 55 %t of the increase will be from Americans migrating from other states, while 45 percent is expected to be from people moving from other countries, he said. Officials stressed the need for a better-trained workforce to accommodate healthy growth and continue the high quality of life in the Hill Country. Dale Robertson of the Texas Workforce Commission spoke to attendees of employee training grants available from the agency. One grant offers up to $1,800 for the training of full-time employees hired less than a year ago. Another grant is available for employees who have been working longer for a company. More information about these grants can be found at https://bit.ly/38rS8iK. Julian Alvarez III, commissioner representing labor, Texas
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Workforce Commission, was a speaker at the summit. He spoke of a $150,000 matching grant available for workforce development, which could mean new equipment for a high school. He also spoke of the commission’s commitment to helping disabled people, underprivileged children, and felons get workforce training. The summit, a Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce event that drew about 250 people to the Hill Country Youth Event Center, was planned by members of a committee that included Brian Bowers, Zach Riffet, Colby Johle and Michael Anglin. Event sponsors included Kerr County Abstract and Title, KEDC, Edward Jones, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, Texas Business Buyers, HCTC, Centennial Bank, So Fast Printing, Community 1st National Bank and Alamo Colleges District. Other people who spoke at the event included representatives of the Arcadia Theater Group, Kerrville City Manager Mark McDaniel and chamber CEO Walt Koenig. “I believe 2020’s going to be a breakout year for Kerrville in many ways.” Koenig said to attendees just before the event finished. “Pull together, work together and support each other as we always do, and I think 2020's going to be an outstanding year." In a segment on housing, Michael Prats of Community Development Strategies told attendees that Kerrville is “pretty much at 100% occupancy” in terms of multifamily development. And the housing market is just about as tight. “You have a really good inventory if you want a million-plus house,” said James P. Gaines, the summit’s keynote speaker.
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James Gaines, a housing economist from Texas A&M, was the key note speaker at the Hill Country Economic Summit. Gaines, a housing economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, presented data showing Kerr County median home prices increasing steadily — by an average of 7.2 percent a year — since 2011. The average price was $314,606 for the first 11 months of 2019, or $147 per square foot. In January, it was $519,632, or $217 per square foot, according to the data. According to a housing survey and strategic plan commissioned
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by the city and available at https://bit.ly/3bAzMOD, there were 971 households in Kerrville $35,000 and less who paid 30 percent or more on housing, 16% of all owner-occupied households and 10% of total households in the City. But very few homeowners were making more than $75,000 and paying greater than 30 percent of their income for housing, the survey found. Officials at the summit said more affordable and available housing will let companies know they can expand in Kerrville while finding adequate employees; and more housing will attract people willing to work and raise families here. Regarding the current home inventory, Gaines had this to say: Other data Gaines presented showed January home sales down 29.4 percent year over year. Even some of the few, more affordable homes that have been built recently were snapped up by one person, apparently, Gaines said. This unnamed person reportedly used the homes as “investment properties.” “2020 will probably be a good year (for housing development) if the builders can find developable lots at cost — if they can develop the lots at the right price bracket,” Gaines said. One of the benefits of having a company like D.R. Horton building a housing development like Vintage Heights (where homes are expected to be $227,000 or less) is that it can use some of its own money to offset land costs, Gaines said.
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MADE HERE Bringing in manufacturing jobs is a priority for community leaders Louis Amestoy
firstname.lastname@example.org During the 2020 Hill Country Economic Summit the emphasis on manufacturing took center stage, because that’s where many community leaders see the best opportunity for growth in
At All-Plastics in Kerrville products are made to support the medical community, but also the food and beverage community. It’s one of Kerrville’s busiest manufacturers.
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the coming years. While Kerrville has had a history of manufacturing from Mooney airplanes to James Avery jewelry, the reality is that it’s accounted for about 5% of the community’s workforce over the last See XXX, page XA
MANUFACTURING IN KERR COUNTY âž¤ Since 2010, the number of manufacturing jobs have ebbed and flowed but have been at the highest levels in a decade in 2017-2018, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey. During this period, Kerrvilleâ€™s manufacturing jobs fell to a low of 854 jobs in 2011, but that climbed in 2017 to 1,265 people employed in the sector. The numbers acount for about 5% of the Kerr County workforce.
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All-Plastics Kerrville facility is a 24-7 operation and produces a wide range of component parts for various industries.
decade. Nearly one-third of the region’s 1,200-plus jobs in the manufacturing sector are with James Avery’s operation near the Kerrville-Kerr County Airport, but Kerr Economic Development Corporation Chief Operating Officer Gil Salinas says that’s about to change. “We are hopeful to make an announcement soon and that’s going to set the stage for us to really build a particular cluster that’s going to lead us to recruiting talent, which in turn is going to recruit the companies,” Salinas said. The expected development that KEDC will announce will be a high-tech manufacturer, most likely something affiliated with aerospace, but it’s a sign of things to come, according to Salinas. In reality, there are already several hightech operations in Kerrville that produce everything from medical parts, jewelry, oilfield tanks to the plastic basins that hold Chick-Fil-A lemonade. It also demonstrates that manufacturing doesn’t need a large footprint to be highly productive. The biggest, of course, is James Avery’s production facility near the airport. In all, more than 300 people are employed there to make charms, bracelets and other pieces of jewelry. It’s a state-of-the-art facility that
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QUOTABLE ➤ I would be happy to have more (companies) like this. We are looking for companies that are paying good wages and offer good benefits.” Walt Koenig Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce hums along to make custom products and those for sale in the company’s retail stores. Around the corner from James Avery is Fox Tanks — another key manufacturer. Fox makes oilfield tanks that have been critical as the west Texas shale is developed. The company also makes the tanks that help separate oil from the water that comes up with the production. These are key components in the oil extraction process, and they’re made right here in Kerr County. Most people might drive by All-Plastics along Holdsworth Drive in north Kerrville and not know it’s there, but this plant is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is also one of the region’s most consequential employers and the type of manufacturing Kerrville’s economic leaders want to attract in the years to come.
“I would be happy to have more like this,” said Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Walt Koenig. “We are looking for companies that are paying good wages and offer good benefits.” Salinas agrees with Koenig’s assessment. “For a community our size, we’re fortunate to have a medical device manufacture such as All-Plastics due to the value-add it provides and healthy payroll it infuses into our economy,” Salinas said. “The supply chain associated with such an industry has a much larger economic impact in the area than other sectors. As they continue to grow and like other local manufacturers, we work with them to ensure Kerrville meets their needs. And, we’re always looking at ways to further develop their supply chain with the intent of landing additional suppliers tied to their operation.” Since 1964, All-Plastics has been working in Texas to produce plastic components for use in a wide range of industries and products. When you see the clear plastic basin that holds lemonade at a Chick-fil-A that was made right here in Kerrville. Other products are in use in medical facilities around the country. All-Plastics work is an example of a primary industry that scales beyond the borders
of Kerr County bringing in out-of-the-area revenue and wages that exceed the average wages in the region. The company employs about 70 people, and like many businesses in the Kerrville area, is actively seeking employees, said Jennifer Latiolais, the Development Director for the Kerrville-based company, which also operates another plant in Addison, Texas near Dallas. Latiolais said All-Plastics works to maintain a competitive advantage when it comes to hiring talent, and wages are within industry standards. While much of the work at the company requires technical staff and engineers, there are jobs that do not require a degree, but Latiolais said gaining experience and training internally is one of key selling points for employees. “Even our entry-level positions have a tier-level program,” Latiolais said. “We pay more for what you learn. We like to promote from within.” When it comes to salaries, the company takes a careful look at the benchmarks within the industry — often trying to match or beat those wages. Many of the jobs command salaries greater than $60,000 based on the benchmarks. Even entry-level positions can make $30,000 or more per year. If there’s one challenge the company has faced it’s in recruitment, which has led them to some re-thinking of work schedules, Latiolais said. “We run 24-7 and we hire for 12-hour shifts,” Latiolais said. “Now, we’re considering part-time schedules and other options.” The company’s ability to scale its business and service offerings is also connected to its use of technology, and it has proven nimble when it comes to making the investments to stay current and competitive. Recently, the company purchased additional state-of-the art equipment, including a Haas VF5 Taper CNC machine, and added additional technical staff to support rapid growth in machining operations for the food and beverage market. The computer numerical control machines allow the company to provide plastic machining as a turnkey service once the parts are molded. They are also able to use the equipment for mold maintenance, engineering changes and mold building. The CNC machines are commonly found in many manufacturing companies, but the key for All-Plastics is that it adds value to the customer relationship. “Our success over the years is directly related to partnering with the right customers,” said Thomas Houdeshell, CEO of All-Plastics. “We believe in building relationships where each party obtains value. We are willing to invest in the right opportunities and relationships
and this is a great example of where all the stars align. These types of investments are fun and exciting for us,” In 2017, All-Plastics reported a 1,135% increase in manufacturing of food and beverage componentry. Since then the company has continued to grow this market and will see an additional 75% growth with the addition of capacity available for plastic machining.
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➤ The February mixer was held at the Gravity Check Saloon in Kerrville, and was one of the best attended mixers in some time. Those in attendance learned about Precinct 2 Prosperity Program, which the Chamber is backing, that would change the alcohol rules in that part of Kerr County. Photos by Valerie Tucker.
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LIGHTING FIXTURES & SUPPLIES TEU Services 228 Washington St. Kerrville, Texas 78028 (830) 496-4090
TITLE ENTERPRISES Kerr County Abstract & Title Co. 712 Earl Garrett Kerrville, Texas 78028 (830) 257-5151
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Wilson Asset Chamber Management, Inc. 231 Earl Garrett, Ste. 300 Kerrville, Texas 78028 (830) 792-4200
Farmers Insurance Nathaniel Turner 260 Thompson Dr. Kerrville, Texas 78028 (830) 896-4100
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The Texas Hill Country's premier business publication. Keeping up with Kerrville, Texas and Kerr County business climate and growth.