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Wells Fargo Reports: Texas Labor Market Update: March 2017

Texas added 9,500 jobs in March and February now shows a larger 14,100-job gain. Labor force growth outpaced job growth, however, causing the jobless rate to edge 0.1 percentage points higher to 5.0 percent.

Seasonal Quirks Hide a More Positive Story

Although a 9,500-job monthly gain may seem small by Texas standards, job gains disappointed at the national level in March as well. The better household data provided some consolation in the U.S. report, but less so in Texas, where the jobless rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 5.0 percent as labor force growth outpaced employment growth.

Texas posted the third largest job gain among all states. Revisions to February were significant, bringing Texas’ three-month average job gain to 25,000. The details of the March data also tell a better story than the headline. Most major sectors added jobs. The largest gain was in professional & business services, which added 13,200 jobs, with large gains in both professional & tech services and administrative support positions. Financial services also had a strong month, adding 2,800 jobs in March. Even with solid hiring in government, information and education, service sector employment declined by 1,000 jobs in March. Gains were offset by a 12,300-job decline in the leisure & hospitality sector, which may have been impacted by seasonal factors. This year’s relatively late Easter pushed Spring Break out into mid-April, resulting in less seasonal hiring than usual in March. There was a large decline in health employment on the month, although the sector remains one of the strongest growing over the year. Cuts in March were likely a one-month blip.

In a reversal of sorts, goods producing sector employment was up broadly in March. Mining & logging added 4,800 jobs, reflecting the ramp up in drilling activity in the Permian Basin. The rig count has steadily climbed higher since bottoming out last May. Construction employment rose by 4,000 jobs in March—also likely reflecting the improvement in the energy patch as well as continued gains in homebuilding and commercial construction. Manufacturers added 1,700 jobs in March and February’s gain was revised up to +6,400 jobs. March marks the first month that Texas’ manufacturing employment was above its year-ago level in nearly two years.

The bottom chart illustrates some of the impact of the energy boom and 105 subsequent bust. Houston’s employment remains essentially flat with its 100 December 2014 level, which is a testament to efforts to diversify its economy beyond fossil fuels. It appears to have paid off. The energy bust did take a bit out of Houston’s momentum, however. We expect the region to return to growth mode rather quickly now that oil prices have stabilized and drilling activity is ramping back up. Manufacturing faces a longer road to recovery, as headcounts are still 5.1 percent lower than peak in December 2014, though the upward trend is encouraging. Mining & logging employment in Texas has returned to where it was back in 2012, right at the beginning of the shale boom. With oil prices seemingly stuck at around $50 a barrel, oil producers are becoming even more efficient, which means employment will likely come back slower than production does.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor and Wells Fargo Securities

Texas Gov. Abbott Welcomes Kubota to Grapevine, Celebrates Official Opening of North American Headquarters

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with State and City Leaders Marks Official Grand Opening for Kubota Executives and All Employees

 Kubota Tractor Corporation unveiled its new North American headquarters building in Grapevine, Texas, today in a special ribbon cutting ceremony with Governor Greg Abbott, Masatoshi Kimata, President and Representative Director of the Kubota Group, along with State and local officials and supporters from the Grapevine community who all helped to usher in a new era for the company.

The company’s move to Texas from Torrance, Calif., is the most significant change it has undertaken in its successful 45-year history in the U.S., where it has introduced over the years a full line of iconic orange tractors, construction equipment, lawn and garden equipment and utility vehicles.

“Today is an important day for Kubota as this new building is both a testament to our commitment to the future growth of our business in the U.S., and our pledge of being a socially responsible corporate citizen and active business partner with the great state of Texas and the City of Grapevine,” said Mr. Masato Yoshikawa, President and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corporation, at today’s ceremony. “As a new employer to the area, our hope is to continue to attract talent from the local community with this open environment, state-of-the art workplace and continue our long-term growth strategy to strengthen the Kubota brand in the U.S.”

Kubota has invested more than $50 million in the three-story, environmentally-friendly office building, which totals 193,000 square feet, and includes an onsite research and development facility, and is designed to maximize work efficiencies and conserve resources in alignment with Kubota’s global brand statement, “For Earth, For Life.”

“Kubota is the model business partner,” said Governor Abbott. “The new headquarters not only stands as a symbol for their hard work up to this moment, but also for the solid foundation for which they’re able to continue building for a prosperous future here in Texas. We are proud that job-creating industry leaders like Kubota are calling Texas home, and thank them for their confidence in the Lone Star State and the hard-working people of Grapevine.”

The headquarters building houses Kubota Tractor Corporation and Kubota Credit Corporation, placing Kubota’s leadership and professional staff closer to the company’s major markets and its manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities in Georgia and Kansas. By centrally locating more of its operations, Kubota will be able to respond more quickly to changes in markets and the industry, and streamline its operations for both dealer and customer benefit.

Currently, 275 employees are working in Grapevine as a culmination of new hires and relocated employees from Torrance, Calif., and Suwanee, Ga. The building is large enough to accommodate nearly 600 employees with room to expand.

From left to right: David Sutton, KCC; City of Grapevine Mayor, William D. Tate; the honorable Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott; Mr. Masatoshi Kimata, President and Representative Director, Kubota Corporation Japan; Mr. Masato Yoshikawa, President and CEO, KTC; Consulate-General of Japan, Mr. Teruo Amano; Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Joseph Szymaszek. (Photo: Business Wire)

About Kubota Tractor Corporation

Kubota Tractor Corporation, Grapevine, Texas, is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, including a complete line of tractors of up to 170 Gross hp, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, hay tools and spreaders, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact: Kubota Tractor Corporation, 1000 Kubota Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051, or visit www.kubota.com.

James Joseph Elliott passed away August 4, 2016 at the age of 94

James Joseph Elliott May 03, 1922 - August 04, 2016

James Joseph Elliott May 03, 1922 – August 04, 2016

James Joseph Elliott passed away August 4, 2016 at the age of 94. James was born in Hastings, Nebraska, the youngest of seven children born to Joe and Anna Elliott. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp with the 7th Regiment 1st Division while attending Hastings College. James was in the landing invasion of Okinawa and active in combat with the Japanese for the 86 day fight to secure the island. He then served in China for 9 months and was honorably discharged in 1946. James married Leitha Seberg and they shared 27 years together. After the passing of Leitha, he later married Jeannie Markert and they resided in Visalia for 28 years. Jeannie passed away on January 10, 2007. He leaves behind his companion of ten years, Betty Peters of Visalia. James is also survived by his children, Anne Hickman and Gregory Elliott and wife Mary, all of Bonanza, Oregon. James leaves the Elliott grandchildren, Teri Torres and husband, George Torres and Daniel Hickman and wife, Pamela; three great grandchildren Austin Torres, Hunter and Bryce Hickman. James was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Jeffrey Hickman and granddaughter Leanna Torres. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Visalia for 27 years where he served as an usher for many years. James’ greatest love was for the Lord. He was a very spiritual man. He was a member of Avenue of the Flag, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. James volunteered at Kaweah Delta District Hospital as a Blue Boy and was a member of Lifestyle Center for 18 years. James worked as an advertising/public relations executive for over 60 years. Baseball was his passion. Our Dad had a great sense of humor; loved his family and loved life. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1111 S. Conyer Street in Visalia. Remembrances may be made to Grace Lutheran Project “The Next 100 Years” or Avenue of the Flag, PO Box 1261, Visalia, CA. Tributes and condolences may be made at www.millerchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, CA (559) 732-8371.

Jim will be missed and remembered by his numerous friends in the construction industry where he plied his skills as an advertising and public relations executive for the Associated Construction Publications (ACP) from 1972 to 1990. Jim was ACP’s Western Regional representative responsible for all 14 ACP magazines (California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Bulletin [no loner with the ACP magazines],Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder) – a big territory, from Oregon to the Dakotas all the way to Texas. After leaving the ACPs Jim was an independent rep for several publications including the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) association magazine.

Jim really was an industry icon.

Greg Sitek

CASE Construction Equipment Announces 2016 “Diamond Dealer” and “Gold Dealer” Award Winners

Diamond Dealer Logo copyNorth American dealers recognized for excellence in five categories related to sales and support of CASE construction equipment.            

CASE Construction Equipment has released its list of 2016 “Diamond Dealer” and “Gold Dealer” award recipients as a part of its North American Construction Equipment Partnership Program. The awards recognize dealerships across the US and Canada for leadership in growing the CASE dealer network, as well as excellence in five categories: sales performance, marketing and communications, product support, parts support and training.

The 2016 Diamond Dealer award winners are: ASCO (Texas), Birkey’s Construction Equipment (Ill.), J.R. Brisson Equipment (Ontario), Burris Equipment Company (Ill.), Groff Tractor (Pa., Md. and N.J.), Hills Machinery (N.C., S.C.), HiTrac (Manitoba), Kucera Farm Supply (Ontario), McKeel Equipment (Ky.), Miller Bradford & Risberg (Wis., Mi. and Ill.), Nueces Power Equipment (Texas), Redhead Equipment (Saskatchewan) and State Equipment (Ky., W.Va.).

The 2016 Gold Dealer award winners are: Crawler Supply Company (La.), Diamond Equipment (Ill., Ind., Ky. and Tenn.), Eagle Power & Equipment (Pa., Del.), Hopf Equipment (Ind.), Longus Equipment (Quebec), McCann Industries (Ill., Ind.), Medico Industries (Pa.), Monroe Tractor (N.Y.), OCT Equipment (Okla.), Potter Equipment (Ark., Mo.), RPM Machinery (Mich., Ind.), Scott Equipment (La., Ark.), Sequoia Equipment (Calif.), Townline Equipment (N.H.), Triebold Implement (Wis.) and Yukon Equipment (Alaska).

“I would like to congratulate these exemplary dealers who have displayed true leadership and dedication in growing the CASE brand,” says Scott Harris, vice president for CASE Construction Equipment in North America. “These high-performing dealerships live up to the CASE brand promise throughout every aspect of their business; hiring the right people, delivering a differentiated level of service in market, and building enduring relationships with customers.”

CASE’s Partnership Program is designed to increase dealer performance per the results of a dealer assessment while encouraging them to excel in their role as a “Professional Partner” to customers.

CH2M Hill Completes Successful Design-Build Robindale WWTP

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