Manufacturing and the World Series

I read an interesting article a few days ago from the Texas Department of Agriculture titled ‘Without Agriculture There Would be No World Series’. This title peaked my interest since I was up late watching the Rangers and Cardinals. I had no rooting interest in either team but that is an altogether different story. Reading this article was very interesting; it lists all the raw materials that Texas produces including wood for bats, peanuts, pork for hot dogs, etc. However, I am curious about what top products Texas actually manufactures since we work in the industry, I took a few minutes and found some
data that is not too surprising based on the years I have been working with manufacturers.

Texas may produce a lot of wood, but their top industry for manufacturing employment is petroleum refining along with oil and gas machinery. These two industries employed over 70,000 people in the state of Texas for 2010. In addition, Texas is also home to Mary Kay as the second largest chemical employer. Apparently Texas is not all about oil and gas. Top export market is Mexico and China, which means that all of Texas manufacturing jobs are not outsourced.

I was surprised to see that electronics manufacturing took the top spot. However, upon further research it made sense. National Instruments was just listed as number 18 among the top 25 multinational companies to work for and they are based in Austin. Semiconductors and computers also are in the top 10, with potato chips and snacks close behind. I know Texas has a large Frito Lay plant  and there are at least four or five more plants in the DFW area.

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