Houston ranked among top cities for businesses and careers

Houston might be a great spot for you to launch a new business or build a career. This city earned a spot on Forbes' list of The Best Places for Businesses and Careers in 2012. When you consider the homes for sale in Houston and the job opportunities available, it could be a wise choice to relocate to this metro.

Residents enjoy Houston for reasons including its educational, employment and recreational opportunities. City Mayor Annise Parker notes that the national recognition merely reflects something that most locals already knew - that the area is a fantastic place for businesses.

"Houston was one of the last cities to feel the economic recession of the rest of the country and the first to recover," Parker said. "Our population is expanding when many cities are not, because people are finding Houston is a great place to live, work and raise a family."

New businesses continue to make their way to Houston, creating job opportunities for residents. Here are just a few of the companies that could significantly impact the city and its citizens in the future.

Pneumatech, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of compressed air drying and filtration equipment, has begun the construction of a new facility in Houston. The company anticipates that the new, 96,000-square-foot facility will create at least 55 new jobs for local residents.

"This state-of-the-art facility is a testament to our commitment to meet customers' needs for reliable, advanced air treatment products through engineering excellence, technological innovation and first-class customer service," Pneumatech President Ellen Steck said in a recent statement.

The business will set up its operations at the World Houston International Business Center, which is located just south of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Dowland-Bach Corp.
Alaska oil field services company Dowland-Bach Corp. intends to open a Houston office, which could emphasize engineering work for large-scale onshore and offshore projects, according to the Midland-Reporter Telegram. This business could significantly enhance the city's economy.

"If we get traction (in Houston), we will be hiring, especially for service and support," Geoff Wheeler, vice president of the company's Midland office, told the news source. "We'll need technicians. But right now, we're making our presence known."

The Dowland-Bach Corp. serves national and international customers, and has operated for 37 years.