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JTEKT hosts ‘Leadership Ennis’ meeting, panel discussion

JTEKT Automotive of Texas recently hosted the Ennis Chamber of Commerce’s November “Leadership Ennis” Business and Industry Day.
Murray Durham, Director of Operations of the Ennis plant gave a history of the company, explained JTEKT’s decision to build in Ennis and spoke of the components manufactured in Ennis for Toyota and Tundra trucks. The company currently employs 192 people with another 20 jobs to be filled by year’s end, he said, adding that JTEKT sales annually are $10 billion.
City Manager Steve Howerton gave a presentation on the Ennis economy, supplying gross sales figures and comparisons for retail and industry.
He also discussed the development of new industries and job markets and how they may affect the community. The City of Ennis has 61 SIC coded industries, he told the committee, adding that with new development and expansion in 2007, 1,021 new jobs were developed.
The Chamber’s Leadership group, a committee formed in recent years in the interest of community and business coalescence, toured both JTEKT Automotive and CVS Distribution facilities.
A panel discussion was held with representation from a number of local industries including Sara Moss, Plant Manager of Sherwin Williams Diversified Brands; Carol O’Conner, Human Resources Generalist for National Envelope; Martie Littlejohn, Human Resources Manager for Alliance Data; and Greg Alberda, Plant Manager of ASMO.
The panel discussed company reasons for locating and expanding their companies in the Ennis area.
A number of other topics discussed were workforce pros and cons, job training, aspects of living in Ennis and surrounding areas, and their respective companies’ community involvement.

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