They like to do everything big in Texas, and business growth is no exception.
The Lone Star State has enjoyed an economic boom as of late, fueled by a large influx of both people and businesses attracted to the state’s more business-friendly policies, increased opportunities and seasonable climate, says Texas Glass Association president Jerry Wright.
“I don’t see why it won’t continue,” he says. “This is where the business is going on now.”
The facts appear to bear that out as well. Three of the nation’s top six fastest-growing counties are in Texas, according to a recent Forbes Magazine study, with Williamson County near the state capital of Austin ranking tops in the nation.
Wright attributes a number of factors for the noticeable expansion that first began in the fall of 2012, including Texas’ lack of a state income tax, year-round seasonable weather and ample opportunities for corporate growth due to more readily available space.
State financial institutions have done their part, Wright says, by making capital easier to attain than in past years.
“In Texas, we have fewer obstacles to business growth,” he says.
The rapid influx of so many new people and businesses to the state has necessitated the additional construction of many new homes and offices. Wright says the increased demand has directly led to a number of glass manufacturers relocating to Texas within the last year.
“Business has improved a lot,” Wright says.
The arrival of so much potential new business comes as welcome news to state glazing companies still trying to recover from the devastating recession of recent years that had crippled the nation’s economy.
Rick Tipple, the owner of Alamo Glass in Austin, says volume has picked up enough for his company that he has been forced to recently hire on a few additional workers to meet the steady demand.
“Business has been real good,” he says. “It’s been constant for us all year. It’s definitely going better this year than last year. Normally, this time of year [in November and December] has always been pretty slow, but things have stayed constant for us this year.”
Diana Suddeth, the office manager at Lone Star Glass in Houston, echoed similar comments.
“We’re doing great,” she says. “Everybody felt that recession, but business has definitely picked back up.”