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S Alamo Workforce Development Board Cameron Works Central Texas Workforce Development Board Concho s Valley Workforce Development Board Deep East Texas Workforce Development Board East Texas Workforce Development Board Golden Crescent Workforce Development Board Heart of Texas Workforce Development olution Board Middle Rio Grande Workforce Development Board North Central Texas WorkForce North East Texas Workforce Development Board North Texas Workforce Development Board Panhandle Workforce Development Board Permian Basin Workforce Development Board Rural Capital Area Workforce Commission South Texas Workforce Development Board Southeast Texas Workforce Development Board South Texas Workforce Development Board Texas Workforce Commission The WorkSource Upper Rio Grande @ Work West Central Texas Workforce Development Board Work Advantage for Tarrant County Work Source for Dallas County Work-Force 1 WorkForce Solutions Workforce Solutions-Brazos Valley Workforce Texoma WorkSource of the South Plains WorkSource-Greater Austin Workforce Board February 2006 Vol. 3, No. 1 Workforce Texoma welcomes Ruiz Foods to area The Texoma Workforce Development Board helped Ruiz Foods tap into a trained workforce when it renovated and reopened an empty factory in Denison. p3 Upper Rio Grande Boat builder charts Ashley Furniture @ Work captures course for success creates 300 jobs television audience with Board help in New Braunfels p4 p4 p6 2 Solutions Lesley Layton Tarpinian S s Editor olution Lisa Givens Writer James Johnson Writer Helena Putnam Writer Workforce Texoma helps draw Elicia K. Traylor Ruiz Foods to Denison, ﬁll positions Writer in food-manufacturing plant E-mail Solutions staff at p3 email@example.com. Submissions, suggestions and address changes should be Upper Rio Grande @ Work sent to: publicizes job seeker Lesley Layton Tarpinian, Editor Texas Workforce Commission opportunities with TV show Communications p4 101 E. 15th St., Room 665 Austin, TX 78778-0001 (512) 463-0221, phone (512) 463-2710, fax firstname.lastname@example.org Boat builder charts The state of Texas complies course for success with all state and federal with Board help laws relating to the Americans with Disabilities p4 Act. Call (512) 463-2400 to obtain this publication in an alternative format. Solutions Ashley Furniture creates also is available via the Internet at www.texasworkforce.org 300 jobs in New Braunfels under Publications. p6 Texas Workforce news Workforce around the state Commission p7 Diane Rath Chair and Commissioner Representing the Public Ron Lehman Commissioner Representing Employers Ronny Congleton Commissioner Representing Cover photos courtesy of Ruiz Foods Labor Solutions 3 Workforce Texoma welcomes Ruiz Foods plant to region Hundreds of new jobs to help rejuvenate Denison area economy No sooner did California-based Ruiz Foods the Denison distribution warehouse opened Octo- announce it would open a production facility in ber 2005, and its production facility opened Janu- Denison and create up to 500 jobs did Workforce ary 2006. Expected to generate an annual payroll Texoma go to work to meet the company’s hiring of $25 million by creating jobs with an average demands and help rejuvenate the area’s economy. annual salary of $26,000 plus beneﬁts, Ruiz Foods The family-owned, Mexican-food manufacturer re- could lead to the creation of another 700 jobs in cently renovated and reopened an empty 263,000- the retail, restaurant, trucking and supply indus- square-foot facility. tries. The company, which The company began operates at full capacity its expansion search with at its original facility in Di- a Dallas broker, but no nuba, California, is bringing facilities met its needs. a $48 million capital invest- The broker contacted Tony ment to Denison, according Kaai, Denison Develop- to the Governor’s ofﬁce. ment Alliance president, to Bryce Ruiz, supply chain tour the Denison facility, a executive vice president, Production line workers prepare foods at the former food-manufactur- praised Workforce Texo- Ruiz Foods plant. Photo courtesy of Ruiz Foods ing site. Once Ruiz Foods ma’s timely assistance. ofﬁcials expressed interest in the facility, the DDA “(Texoma) was most helpful in assisting us in assembled a team to help secure the deal. That our hiring efforts,” Ruiz explained. “Even before team included Workforce Texoma. we were able to set up a working ofﬁce in Deni- Bob Rhoden, Workforce Texoma business son, the board made ofﬁces available for our use.” services manager, met with the company and the Management had initially pondered doubling Denison Development Alliance. He discussed the the company’s California plant size; but the Deni- board’s eagerness to provide services, local labor son location was ideal because of its proximity to market information, typical wage expectations, Dallas and the Texas market for its products. labor availability, recruiting assistance, pre-em- “The consensus of our team was that if we ployment assessment and screening. didn’t take this opportunity to step out of Cali- A job fair in Sherman lured more than 1,500 ap- fornia, we might not ever get this opportunity plicants and 4,000 résumés. Nearly 100 positions, again,” said Ruiz. “We also felt that if we could from managers to line workers, were ﬁlled. By ﬁnd a suitable facility, we could renovate it faster January, the plant had shipped its ﬁrst product than we could build (a new one).” line, a bean and cheese burrito. The number of Rhoden noted manufacturing changes had employees has jumped to 150. A second produc- affected the Denison area: “Over the last several tion line was expected to start up by mid-Febru- years, manufacturing has been the sector hardest ary and boost employee count to about 225. hit by layoffs in the Texoma area. Since the Ruiz Since the plant’s opening, the Denison Febru- plant will be in a former food-production facility, ary 2006 sales tax revenue had increased by there are people who are familiar with the opera- 31.18 percent from the previous February. tions. The move has ﬁlled a vacant building and is While other states frequently try to attract bringing in good jobs with beneﬁts.” similar companies, a $1.5 million Texas Enterprise Kaai noted the experienced workforce contrib- Fund grant to Ruiz Foods boosted Denison’s com- uted to Ruiz Foods selecting Denison. petitive edge. The Texas Enterprise Fund can be “The overall package inspired the decision to used for infrastructure and community develop- expand into Denison,” Ruiz said, “and the person- ment, job training and business incentives. able assistance provided by Workforce Texoma With products best known by signature brand enhanced the winning formula. We are impressed El Monterey in grocery store frozen food sections, and will undoubtedly work more with the board.” 4 Solutions Solutions 5 Hire El Paso! hits airwaves in El Paso, connects employers to job seekers Covering topics as diverse as workforce show, during the Partnerships development and Skills Development Fund @ Work section, El Paso Mayor grants to interviewing tips and workplace John Cook discussed his 2005 El success stories, a new show, Hire El Paso!, hit Paso Regional Economic Summit the airwaves and quickly became a hit. Re- and how it was complemented by cent sweeps results indicate that an average the E3 Summit hosted by Upper of 30,000 households out of El Paso’s nearly Rio Grande @ Work. The mayor’s 195,000 households watch Upper Rio topics included economic develop- Grande @ Work’s Hire El Paso! Trafﬁc ment and industry clusters. has greatly increased at area work- Another section, Where the Jobs force centers, with one out of every Are, highlights the number of jobs in WorkIn- eight visitors citing Hire El Paso! as Texas.com’s 22 diverse categories. Categories the reason. Since the show started in range from arts, design, entertainment, sports November, the Upper Rio Grande @ and media, to construction and extraction and Work’s Web site has seen 300,000 hits, transportation and material moving. A bilingual a signiﬁcant increase. television crawl at the bottom of the screen The show airs on the El Paso local throughout the show lists the hundreds of jobs PBS afﬁliate, KCOS-TV Channel 13. currently available in El Paso. All of the jobs in With the exception of time off during the crawl are also listed in WorkInTexas.com. the station’s fundraising drives, the Hire El Paso! is presented in English and 30-minute show airs the ﬁrst and third El Paso, the chamber of Spanish to reach the demographic mix of El Sunday of every month. It can also be viewed online commerce and Upper Rio in broadcast journalism Paso, where 75 percent to 80 percent of the residents at www.urgwdb.org. Grande @ Work because helped make television a are Hispanic. It is the ﬁrst bilingual show of its kind Recent guests on the program include represen- it allows employers to natural choice to dissem- in the nation, said Alvarez. tatives from Lowe’s Home Improvement and Sierra publicize the skill sets they Upper Rio Grande @ Work is producing Hire El Paso!, a inate information. “We have wonderful stories of connecting employ- Providence Health Network. Sierra’s Chief Opera- need,” said Chavez, Upper television program that broadcasts information about “We’re helping people ers and job seekers that need to be shared. Also, it’s tions Ofﬁcer and Senior Vice President Irene Chavez Rio Grande @ Work board employers, job openings and skills training. Photos cour- and at the same time a great venue to put out correct information about tesy of Upper Rio Grande @ Work generating the type of discussed the importance of training workers now chair. “It’s a very personal what the workforce board does,” said Alvarez. for the jobs at the new hospital that is expected to way to communicate our message to a very large positive publicity that al- The show has been such a success in El Paso open at the end of this year. audience.” lows us to reach more and more people — publicity that plans are under way to reach out to the sur- “The concept of Hire El Paso! is well-suited with Upper Rio Grande @ Work Public Information Ofﬁ- you just can’t buy,” said Alvarez. rounding rural areas via a broadcast from Brewster the economic development initiatives of the city of cer Sidney Alvarez created the show. His background The show is divided into ﬁve sections. In the ﬁrst County. Jones County boat builder charts course for success with help from West Central Board A partnership between Hamlin boat builder Through a relationship with the West Joel Euton, owner of Advanced Outdoors. search tool. with the highly specialized skills needed for its Advanced Outdoors and the West Central Central Texas Workforce Board and the “Through the support of our community Through its successful participation in positions, presented it with special hiring chal- Texas Workforce Board has produced steady Hamlin Economic Development Corp., the partners and the West Central Board’s training Project RIO, Advanced Outdoors is an ex- lenges. By collaborating with local economic growth for the 5-year-old company, increased company has received Workforce Investment grants, our workers have obtained skills for ample that other employers can follow. Ap- development organizations and the West economic development for the tiny commu- Fund training grants from the Board totaling jobs ranging from inventory management to proximately half of the company’s incumbent Central Texas Workforce Board, it met those nity of approximately 2,200 residents, and nearly $100,000. This collaboration has helped lamination, rigging and tooling. Without this workers are ex-offenders, and several of them challenges and is thriving in the community. enhanced skills and job opportunities in the Advanced Outdoors provide the specialized opportunity, we would not have been able to have moved into leadership roles within the “Advanced Outdoors is the second largest area. instruction and necessary training for newly grow and expand so quickly. We are extremely company. employer in Hamlin and is a vital member of Advanced Outdoors, a manufacturer of hired and incumbent workers. Such training pleased with the help the workforce board has “Advanced Outdoors was the ﬁrst grantee our business community,” said Duane McPher- sport and ﬁshing boats, began with only 10 ultimately allowed the company to expand its given us.” in the area to hire employees through Project son, director of the Hamlin Economic Devel- employees in 2001, but today has more than product lines. In 2005, Advanced Outdoors The company’s involvement with the Board RIO,” said Nancy Smith, West Central Texas opment Corp. “The company has brought in 40 employees on its payroll. A large part of the hired an additional 30 employees. It plans to also extends to its participation in Project RIO Workforce Board’s community relations coor- high-wage, high-skill jobs, which means better company’s success can be attributed to the hire as many as 50 more this year. (Re-Integration of Offenders) and its utilization dinator. “As a result of its involvement, other opportunities for our citizens and a positive emphasis it places on fully training its employ- “Because our industry is so specialized, of the Board’s assistance in screening applica- employers have shown interest in participat- economic impact for our growing community.” ees in the highly skilled boat manufacturing the jobs require that most employees receive tions, and posting jobs on WorkInTexas.com, ing in the program.” process. their skills through on-the-job training,” said the Texas Workforce Commission’s online job- Advanced Outdoors’ rural location, coupled 6 Solutions Ashley makes New Braunfels home Creates 300 furniture jobs with Alamo WorkSource help Now fully operational, Ashley Furniture Home- achieving its workforce goals. Stores calls New Braunfels home for its regional “The Alamo WorkSource and the Alamo Area distribution center and cor- Council of Governments were porate headquarters, creating very instrumental in our re- more than 300 jobs in Comal cruiting,” said Neal Linnartz, County and delivering 2,000 Ashley Furniture HomeStore pieces of furniture daily to human resource manager. customers throughout Central “The WorkSource center Texas. supplied stafﬁng for the job In early spring 2004, the Al- fair and put us in touch with amo WorkSource Career Cen- the Council of Governments, ter in New Braunfels worked which secured funding for lo- closely with Ashley offering cal advertising. We originally services customized to ﬁt expected 80 to 100 people to Ashley’s employment needs. attend the job fair, but with The WorkSource center all the efforts of our partners, provided additional services, three times that many people which included coordinating attended. We couldn’t have employment services, screen- done it without them.” ing applicants, completing Ashley Furniture HomeStores Rusty Brockman, director applications and conducting distribution center staff prepare of Economic Development interviews. furniture for dispatch throughout for the Greater New Braun- An Ashley job fair in May Central Texas. The center and corporate fels Chamber of Commerce 2005 drew 300 applicants. headquarters in New Braunfels created stressed the importance of While Career Center staff more than 300 jobs when it opened. partnerships and the success assisted applicants with The company works closely with Alamo they foster. WorkInTexas.com registration WorkSource for stafﬁng needs. “New Braunfels’ local and application completion, Photos courtesy of Ashley Furniture WorkSource Career Center Ashley staff screened and HomeStores coming together with Ashley conducted interviews. As a result of this partner- Furniture is a tried and true example of how local ship, 150 new jobs were offered. team partnerships are working for Texas’ em- By assisting in the development and prepara- ployers and employees to make sure Texas and tion of an employment interview database, the Texans continue to be positioned for success,” Board’s Business Services Unit assisted Ashley in Brockman said. “New Braunfels’ local WorkSource Career Center coming together with Ashley Furniture is a tried and true example of how local team partnerships are working for Texas’ employers and employees to make sure Texas and Texans continue to be positioned for success.” Rusty Brockman Director of Economic Development for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Solutions 7 WORKFORCE NEWS AROUND THE STATE Partnership honors nursing profession organizations, secondary schools, adult educa- To ease the critical shortage of nursing pro- tion facilities, colleges and universities, and the fessionals, the Partnership for Development of city of San Antonio. the Health Care Workforce began in the Concho Work-Force 1 helps businesses grow Valley to commend nurses from 12 local organi- Work-Force 1 and Coastal Bend College are zations for their contributions to the profession. reaching out to businesses, soon-to-be busi- Partners include Workforce Solutions of ness owners, chambers of commerce, economic the Concho Valley, San Angelo Chamber of development corporations, lending institutions Commerce, Permian Basin Area Health Edu- and city ofﬁcials in the 12-county area. They are cation Center, educational institutions and introducing Enterprise Facilitation to communi- local health-care providers. The partnership ties seeking to grow their economies. promotes the nursing profession, recognizes Enterprise Facilitation strives to promote summer job shadowing opportunities in the economic and community revitalization by cap- health-care industry and hosts a Nurse Recog- turing the passion, intelligence, imagination and nition Awards Dinner. The initiative combines resources of local entrepreneurs. the efforts of marketing experts who assist in For additional information, contact Angela developing a public relations and marketing Rowe at Work-Force 1 at (361) 225-1098. strategy using television to spotlight nurses and students in their work environment. Test illustrates who is ready for jobs The ﬁrst Nurse Recognition Awards Din- The Permian Basin Workforce Development ner highlighted two nurses with master’s and Board and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce bachelor’s degrees. In addition, ﬁve advanced- Center for Workforce Preparation held a Work degree nurses and three licensed vocational Readiness Credential ﬁeld test recently to ad- nurses each received commemorative plaques dress U.S. employers’ concerns that entry-level and $250 gift certiﬁcates. employees are not prepared for the workforce. Alamo assists Toyota supplier The credential measures preparedness in reading, math and speaking skills, as well as in with Empowerment Zone hiring employability skills such as working with others Alamo WorkSource is working with Avanzar and resolving conﬂict, and problem solving. Interior Technologies Ltd., a Toyota Motor Held at the Odessa Workforce Network Manufacturing Texas tier-one supplier, to hire 25 Center, about 45 entry-level workers and youth percent of its projected workforce from desig- participated. Students from Ector County In- nated area Empowerment Zones. The economi- dependent School District (ISD) Career Center cally distressed areas receive tax incentives and and Andrews ISD Career and Technology Center grants from the federal government. joined employees from Sivalls Tank of Odessa, The initiative will help Avanzar Interior Cingular Wireless of Midland and Major Electric Technologies and other Toyota suppliers ﬁll of Odessa. Beneﬁting both employers and job available positions. Substantial tax beneﬁts seekers, the credential demonstrates that a job will allow the companies to contribute to the seeker is capable of entry-level employment. redevelopment within designated zones charac- Employers who adopt it as part of their appli- terized with employment barriers. Some bar- cant screening process typically experience a riers include limited skills and lower income. decrease in recruitment costs and on-the-job Meanwhile, it encourages empowerment though training time, improved productivity and re- self-sufﬁciency. duced turnover. To target employment barriers, Alamo Work- Job seekers, entry-level workers and youth Source aims to generate a large applicant pool who pass the test receive a nationally recog- to meet Avanzar’s hiring needs. The company’s nized certiﬁcate. The workforce board expects goals in the Empowerment Zone community are to begin administering the test at the Workforce publicized through WorkInTexas.com, Alamo Network ofﬁces once the ﬁnal version is avail- WorkSource Career Centers, community-based able later this year. 8 Solutions Dedicated to helping Texas employers and job seekers succeed, Texas Workforce Solutions is part of a statewide partnership that provides local services on a regional level through 28 local workforce boards. This system gives our customers further access to local and statewide services in a single location at any one of 275 local Texas Workforce Centers and satellite ofﬁces across the state. Texas Workforce Solutions offers Texans an array of services, including job matching, recruiting, retention, training and retraining, and outplacement services, as well as valuable information on employment laws and labor market statistics. The valuable services of a Texas Workforce Center may include: • Screening, testing and referring qualiﬁed candidates to meet employment needs • Coordinating interviews and testing, as well as providing meeting space for interviews • Brokering pre-employment services, such as drug and alcohol testing, background checks etc. • Providing information and technical assistance on federal and state rules affecting employment (payday, new hire reporting, unemployment tax and reducing unemployment tax chargeback) • Explaining information on tax code provisions that favor employment and training (e.g., wage subsidies, tax credits and tax-free education assistance not related to jobs) • Continuing an ongoing relationship to assist with human resources needs so businesses remain competitive and proﬁtable in the marketplace Local workforce development boards Alamo Dallas County Middle Rio Grande Southeast Texas (Alamo WorkSource) (WorkSource for Dallas County) (830) 591-0141 (409) 719-4750 (210) 272-3260 (214) 290-1000 www.mrgwb.org www.setworks.org www.alamoworksource.org www.worksource.org North Central Texas South Plains Brazos Valley Deep East Texas (North Central Texas (WorkSource of the South (Workforce Solutions-Brazos (Workforce Solutions Deep East WorkForce) Valley) Plains) Texas) (817) 695-9176 (806) 744-1987 (979) 595-2800 (936) 639-8898 www.dfwjobs.com www.bvjobs.org www.worksourceonline.net www.detwork.org Cameron County North East Texas East Texas South Texas (Cameron Works) (903) 794-9490 (956) 722-3973 (956) 548-6700 (903) 984-8641 www.netxworkforce.org www.southtexasworkforce.org www.cameronworks.org www.easttexasworkforce.org North Texas Capital Area Golden Crescent (Workforce Resource) Tarrant County (WorkSource – Greater Austin (Texas Workforce Solutions of (940) 767-1432 (Workforce Solutions Area Workforce Board) the Golden Crescent) www.workforceresource.info for Tarrant County) (512) 597-7100 (361) 576-5872 (817) 413-4400 www.worksourceaustin.com www.gcworkforce.org Panhandle www.workforcesolutions.net Central Texas (806) 372-3381 Gulf Coast www.work2at.com Texoma (Central Texas Workforce (The WorkSource – Gulf Coast (Workforce Texoma) System) Workforce Board) Permian Basin (903) 957-7408 (254) 939-3771 (713) 627-3200 (Permian Basin Workforce www.workforcetexoma.com www.workforcelink.com www.theworksource.org Network) Coastal Bend (432) 563-5239 Upper Rio Grande Heart of Texas (Upper Rio Grande @ Work) (Work-Force 1) www.pbwdb.org (361) 225-1098 (Heart of Texas Workforce) (915) 772-2002 www.work-force1.com (254) 756-7844 Rural Capital Area www.urgwdb.org www.hotworkforce.com (Rural Capital Area WorkForce) Concho Valley (512) 244-7966 West Central Texas (Workforce Solutions of the Lower Rio Grande Valley www.ruralcapitalworkforce.com (WorkFORCE Solutions) (325) 795-4200 Concho Valley) (956) 928-5000 www.workforcesystem.org (325) 655-2005 www.cvworkforce.org www.wfsolutions.com