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Oil and gas, wind energy and relatively stable employment figures make the Concho Valley an attractive economy to live and work.  The disappearance of industrial jobs throughout the US economy has been a trend that the Concho Valley has been able to avoid.  Our energy and agriculture based economy has given us a a very strong foundation for growth.  Big Lake in Reagan County is experience a job boom and is facing a shortage of housing for the many job seekers coming in to the area.  According to the US Census Bureau, Reagan County has had a 439% increase in manufacturing jobs, the State's largest increase.  The Concho Valley shines in this area. Sutton County, Schleicher County and Irion County are also in the top ten. Tom Green County is 17th in Texas counties having  more than 1000 manufacturing jobs. Despite decreases in manufacturing jobs in Concho, Crockett, Kimble, Mason and Menard counties, the Concho Valley as a whole added 290 jobs during the  decade. This was an overall increase of 5.28%.
In San Angelo. the Martifer- Hirschfeld wind turbine tower plant has added about 100 manufacturing jobs.  The addition of these welding and machine operator jobs has been welcome, but the real workhorse of the Concho Valley remains Ethicon. Ethicon, a medical products division of Johnson and Johnson, employs about 560 employees.
Other leading Concho Valley employers in the manufacturing sector include Lone Star Beef, Hirschfeld Steel, and San Angelo Packing. But just as the rest of the US, the Concho Valley continues to search for ways to expand the number of manufacturing and other jobs available to area residents.