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More major manufacturing companies are moving to Pearland

Tool-Flo Manufacturing chose Pearland for its approachability. Photo courtesy of PEDC

You may already be familiar with why major life sciences companies are putting down roots in Pearland's Lower Kirby, but did you know that manufacturing companies are also following suit?

Current manufacturing companies in Lower Kirby include Tool-Flo Manufacturing, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor International Corporation, and Dover Energy, along with life science manufacturers Lonza, Merit Medical, and Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.

Tool-Flo Manufacturing produces tools and products for the oil and gas, automotive, aerospace, and medical industries. When the team at Tool-Flo was searching for a location, the approachability of Pearland’s Lower Kirby stood out.

“We spent a lot of time searching for property and when we drove into Pearland on Kirby Drive, it immediately felt like we were at home,” says former Tool-Flo president Dennis Flolo.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor International Corporation (MHI) also selected Lower Kirby for its office, manufacturing, and service facility, and the first U.S.-based manufacturing and service location for the Japanese-owned company.

The 180,000-square-foot facility located on Kirby Drive houses packaging and assembly, vertical and horizontal rotor storage, repair and maintenance services, administrative offices, and a training center. MHI also constructed a 49,500-square-foot warehouse facility.

Dover Energy is the energy division of diversified global manufacturer Dover Corporation, and a manufacturer of specialized products and valves. Dover Energy opened a 150,000-square-foot manufacturing and operations facility in Pearland’s Lower Kirby with a facility that consolidated multiple Texas locations into one regional location that's home to over 200 employees.

“Dover was looking to consolidate the manufacturing and operations of several stand-alone businesses into one site that was convenient and would best position it for future growth, and we found a great location for them that will suit all of their needs in a modern business park environment,” says executive vice president Jarrett Venghaus, regional director at Jones Lang LaSalle (which represented Dover in its purchase of the land).

Merit Medical Systems, Inc. serves hospitals worldwide by manufacturing more than 2,000 proprietary, disposable medical devices used in diagnostic and interventional cardiology and radiology procedures.

Merit Medical chose Lower Kirby as the site for its new research and development and manufacturing facility due to an educated workforce and proximity to Houston. Approximately 400 of Merit’s 6,000 employees work out of the company’s 120,000-square-foot facility.

“Merit was looking for a large growing workforce, an educated community, an array of services immediately around the facility for the employees, and the proximity to the Greater Houston area,” says Merit Medical Systems managing director Richard Jepson.

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI), a leading medical device manufacturer of innovative interventional treatment systems for vascular disease, selected Lower Kirby as the home of its second manufacturing facility in the U.S. CSI manufactures a minimally invasive medical device.

Lower Kirby is a 1,200-acre mixed-use development in northwest Pearland, at the intersection of South Beltway 8 and State Highway 288, that is home to office, retail, commercial, and industrial projects and is continuing to expand. In addition to manufacturing, Lower Kirby is also the location for several biotech and energy companies.

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A new report says Houston “is poised for further growth” in life sciences. Photo via Getty Images

Houston is receiving more kudos for its robust life sciences sector.

Bayou City lands at No. 13 in JLL’s 2022 ranking of the country’s top 15 metro areas for life sciences. JLL says Houston “is poised for further growth” in life sciences.

Here’s how Houston fares in each of the ranking’s three categories:

  • No. 12 for supply of life sciences-oriented commercial real estate
  • No. 14 for access to life sciences talent
  • No. 15 for life sciences grant funding and venture capital

Earlier this year, Houston scored a 13th-place ranking on a list released by JLL competitor CBRE of the country’s top 25 life sciences markets. Meanwhile, commercial real estate platform CommercialCafe recently placed Houston at No. 10 among the top U.S. metros for life sciences.

JLL applauds Houston for strong growth in the amount of life sciences talent along with “an impressive base of research institutions and medical centers.” But it faults Houston for limited VC interest in life sciences startups and a small inventory of lab space.

“Houston is getting a boost [in life sciences] from the growing Texas Medical Center and an influx of venture capital earmarked for life sciences research,” the Greater Houston Partnership recently noted.

Boston appears at No. 1 in this year’s JLL ranking, followed by the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Washington, D.C./Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Last year’s JLL list included only 10 life sciences markets; Houston wasn’t among them.

“The long-term potential of the sector remains materially unchanged since 2021,” Travis McCready, head of life sciences for JLL’s Americas markets, says in a news release.

“Innovation is happening at a more rapid pace than ever before, the fruits of research into cell and gene therapy are just now being harvested, and revenue growth has taken off in the past five years as the sector becomes larger, an atypical growth track.”

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