3 companies bringing 88 new jobs, $ 2.75 million in capital investment in Lubbock
The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance this week announced the expansion of three companies adding 88 new jobs and $ 2.75 million in capital investment in the Lubbock community.
For all executives
At a press conference on Wednesday, Arbor Eyewear, a Lubbock-based company, announced its new production facility and new brand, Forall Frameworks. Its current facility, located at 12105 Geneva Ave., is designed to accommodate small batch production, as well as testing and training, and will use a custom CNC and other automated equipment for its 50-step manufacturing process.
The company also announced the creation of 75 new jobs created with an average salary of $ 40,000. These positions include artisans, machine operators, designers and salespeople, as well as a capital investment of $ 1.5 million over the next five years. The company plans to expand its operations by building a new facility to accommodate increased production and staff.
“Forall Frameworks was born out of our dream of producing handcrafted eyewear in America from start to finish in Lubbock, TX,” said Rick Taylor, founder of Arbor Eyewear. “Eighty-five percent of the spectacle frames in the world are produced in China and there are only a handful of manufacturers in the United States. Our goal is to produce world class eyewear and bring manufacturing back to the United States. I have spent the last few years working on this project and training with some of the best manufacturers in Italy, France and Asia. We are proud to be based in Lubbock and are delighted to ship products designed and manufactured in Lubbock to the United States and around the world.
BASF Agricultural Solutions, owner of cottonseed brands Stoneville and FiberMax, announced the addition of two cottonseed breeding and trait development nursery service teams to its field research station. de Lubbock located on East Loop 289.
The two teams will be responsible for producing high-quality cotton seeds to be used in determining the agronomic suitability of germplasm throughout the US cotton belt, specialized testing of new technologies for herbicide resistance, insect control and stress reduction, in addition to the basis of commercial supply.
The addition of these two teams brings 23 new positions, as well as a capital investment of $ 1.25 million in the community of Lubbock.
“Relocating these activities aligns with our long-term commitment to our West Texas customers and the Lubbock community,” said Tom Speed, U.S. Trait Development Field Operations Manager. for BASF. “Lubbock provides an ideal location for these activities due to the favorable growing environment and local access to cotton processing expertise and a reliable, high-quality workforce. BASF has worked favorably with LEDA for many, many years. This particular project is another example of our long partnership with LEDA. With the help of LEDA, BASF will maintain business continuity at our East Loop research station.
Mandry technology solutions
Mandry Technology Solutions LLC, a local IT support and security company, announced its current ranking of no. 55 on the 2021 Channel Futures MSP 501, the world’s first, largest and most comprehensive survey and ranking in the IT channel. This month, the organization is celebrating 19 years in business and creating high-paying positions for tech professionals.
“We are extremely proud of the milestones that our organization continues to achieve. These accomplishments are a testament to our team’s ability to execute at the highest level and deliver the results our clients need. We look forward to meeting the technology needs of our customers and to maintaining excellent relationships with existing and new partners in the years to come, ”said Jeff Woodham, vice president of operations.
John Osborne, CEO and President of LEDA, is delighted to announce the expansion of three local businesses which will take place at a time of continued growth and development across the city.
“Today’s announcement makes Lubbock a good business city,” said Osborne. “With the continued creation of well-paying jobs and significant investments in our local economy, Lubbock continues to be a renowned place for business owners and CEOs to consider when looking to relocate or expand. “