pipeline-imageEarlier this year, Exxon Mobil announced their plans to expand its oil pipeline network from West Texas to the Houston area. Exxon is partnering with a Houston-based company, Plains All American Pipeline, to construct the multibillion-dollar Plains Basin pipeline stretching from west of Midland, TX to the Houston and Beaumont regions. West Texas is known for its oil-rich land deposits and the area is commonly referred to as the Permian Basin. Oil production has reached record highs in the Permian region. Oil output in the area has doubled since 2015 and production levels have now reached 3.4 million barrels per day. This is reaching the pipeline’s current capacity of 3.5 million barrels per day. The increased supply is now creating bottlenecks due to the lack of pipelines in the area. Most major crude pipeline projects are directed to the Corpus Christi area which is increasingly becoming a hub for petroleum exports.

Early in 2018, Exxon Mobil announced it planned to triple its oil and gas production in the Permian region of Texas by 2025. In 2017, the multinational oil and gas corporation purchased 275,000 acres of land from the affluent Bass family for $6.68 billion. This land, full of oil and gas leases, is estimated to have 3.4 million barrels of oil and will undoubtedly help Exxon Mobil reach its goal.

Exxon Mobil Jobs in Texas

The oil and gas industry faces its fair share of challenges. Pipeline bottlenecks in North America have led to fewer well completions. Tensions are growing in the Middle East, and freight costs are rising to transport goods. But in spite of this, oil prices are on an upward trend and the energy sector is in a position to end 2018 successfully. With a great deal of work ahead of them, the oil and gas industry has many new jobs available, particularly in Baytown, Texas. Exxon recently constructed two new facilities at its Mont Belvieu plastics plant 20 minutes north of Baytown, and they are currently in the process of a $1.9 billion expansion of its Baytown petrochemical complex. This expansion is expected to create at least 25 new permanent jobs.

Where to Stay If Your Company Sends You to Baytown

With so much growth occurring due to these proposed pipeline projects, Baytown is seeing an influx of visits from business travelers. If you’re planning on staying in Baytown, contact Premier Corporate Housing. We have strong professional relationships with apartment companies in the city which allows us to provide corporate travelers and their families with affordable and furnished corporate housing. Contact us to learn more and get a free quote.

The energy industry will be experiencing tremendous growth in Baytown, Texas in the coming years. All of this comes on the heels of state, county, and city initiatives to provide tax incentives to spur growth for industrial projects in the area. Companies such as Exxon Mobil, Covestro A.G., and JSW Steel (USA) Inc. have plans to expand operations in the coastal Texas city in the next few years.Cable style bridge in Baytown, TX in front of an evening sunset sky.

Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil recently constructed two new facilities at its Mont Belvieu plastics plant 20 minutes north of Baytown. In addition, Exxon Mobil is in the process of a $1.9 billion expansion of its Baytown petrochemical complex. The expansion is expected to employ 10,000 construction workers and create at least 25 permanent jobs at a salary of $62,971. The average annual wage in the Texas chemical industry is about $100,000 according to Steve Pryor, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

Covestro A.G.

German polymer company Covestro A.G. recently received board approval to build a $1.7 billion plant at its Baytown campus. The new plant will facilitate the production of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, a polymer. Production operations are expected to begin in 2024. Covestro A.G. currently employs 1,000 people at the Baytown site. However, projections indicate another 25 jobs will be created to support operations after the closing of a smaller production unit at the Baytown campus. Rod Herrick, Covestro vice president and site manager at the Baytown plant, said the company chose Baytown for its proximity to natural gas supply, as well as refineries that make feedstocks necessary to produce the base chemicals for polyurethanes. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employs more than 16,000 people. The company’s Baytown complex, built in 1971, is its largest in the U.S.

JSW Steel (USA) Inc.

In March 2018, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a $500 million investment from JSW Steel would be used for the expansion of a Baytown steel mill’s Plate & Pipe Mill unit. Governor Abbott stated the move would benefit the oil and gas industry and related businesses statewide. The expansion is expected to occur in phases and is contingent upon approval from the Environmental Protection Agency. JSW Steel (USA) Inc. is a company based in India which purchased the formerly bankrupt Baytown plant for about $810 million in October 2007. JSW stated the plant is currently operating at 30% capacity with 350 workers. However, the mill expansion is expected to add up to 500 new jobs in the coming years at an average salary of $65,000.

Where to Stay If Your Company Sends You to Baytown

With so much industrial growth, Baytown is in the early stages of seeing an influx of visits from business travelers. If you’re planning on an extended stay in Baytown, contact Premier Corporate Housing. We have strong professional relationships with apartment companies in this coastal Texas city. These relationships allow us to provide corporate travelers and their families with affordable, short-term furnished apartment rentals. Contact us to learn more and get a free quote.

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The Alamo may be the first thing you remember when you think of San Antonio, but that’s not all that defines this Texas city. In addition to its rich history, San Antonio is also known for its thriving economy. Businesses in the tech, medical, and energy industries are spurring growth and making San Antonio an increasingly popular spot for business travelers.

If your employer is asking you to temporarily relocate to San Antonio, check out our recommendations for the best neighborhoods for business travelers.

Central Business District

As you might guess from the name, San Antonio’s Central Business District is part of the city’s urban core. In addition to being a major commercial area, it’s also close to many museums, restaurants, theaters, and popular tourist attractions like the Alamo and the Riverwalk. If you want to stay in a bustling area and soak up some San Antonio culture while you’re working in the city, look for housing around the Central Business District.

Alamo Heights

Located about five miles north of downtown, Alamo Heights is one of the most popular San Antonio neighborhoods for both young professionals and families thanks to its tight-knit community and proximity to urban amenities. Nearby attractions include the San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden, the Botanical Garden, and the McNay Art Museum. The neighborhood is also close to two colleges: the University of the Incarnate Word and Trinity University.

Uptown Central

Uptown San Antonio is only about eight miles from the downtown area, and it has developed into a neighborhood with a prominent business and retail center. It’s also close to the San Antonio International Airport, making it a convenient place to live if your work frequently takes you across the country.

Windcrest

Located just northeast of San Antonio, the town of Windcrest might feel a little too suburban for some business travelers, but it’s ideal if you’re looking for a small town feel with easy access to the city (it’s conveniently located near Loop 410). It’s also where Rackspace, a cloud service provider and one of the biggest businesses in the San Antonio area, has their headquarters.

Northwest Side

Northwest San Antonio includes the busy I-10 corridor and is where you’ll find the corporate headquarters for Valero, USAA, NuStar Energy, and Kinetic Concepts, just to name a few. It also includes the main campus and the Health Science Center for the University of Texas at San Antonio. And if you’re looking for somewhere to take the family on the weekend, you’ll also find Six Flags Fiesta Texas nearby.

Find Temporary San Antonio Housing

Finding short-term rental properties in desirable San Antonio neighborhoods can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be when you work with Premier Corporate Housing. We’ve established relationships with many rental property companies in San Antonio and beyond, allowing us to connect our customers with affordably-priced corporate apartments. Contact us to get a free quote.

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If you ask someone in Houston to name some of the city’s major business districts, they’ll likely point you towards some of the rapidly growing suburbs. Thanks to business incentives and a strong economic climate, several of Houston’s suburbs have grown into major centers for health care, manufacturing, aerospace, and petrochemical companies. Read about six of these up-and-coming suburbs below.

The Woodlands

North of Houston lies one of the largest master-planned communities in the country. The Woodlands is well-known for its picturesque tree-lined residential streets, but it’s also a growing commercial area. ExxonMobil recently moved their corporate headquarters here, and other major employers include Anadarko Petroleum, Aon Hewitt, and The Woodlands branch of the Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Bay Area

The Galveston Bay Area is perhaps best known for being the home of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The region is also an important petrochemical hub; the Bayport Industrial District is the leading center for chemical processing in the Houston area, and ExxonMobil maintains a business complex in Baytown.

Sugar Land

Located 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston, Sugar Land is a popular suburb for people who need to commute to the city center. However, it’s also a major business district in its own right. It is home to a number of energy, software, and medical-related companies, including UnitedHealthCare, Nalco Champion, Schlumberger Ltd, and Fluor Enterprises.

Stafford

In a Nerdwallet analysis, Stafford ranked as the third best place to start a business in Texas. This small town has rapidly grown into a business center in part thanks to the fact that residents and business owners don’t have to pay municipal property taxes. Notable businesses with offices in Stafford include Texas Instruments, UPS, and General Technologies.

Katy

The suburb of Katy came in just behind Stafford as the #4 best place to start a business in Texas. It’s one of the fastest growing communities in the greater Houston area, and it also has the highest number of businesses per capita. BP North America, Conoco Phillips, Shell Exploration and Productions, and Igloo Products all have a presence here.

Pearland

Located just south of Houston, Pearland is a convenient suburb for people who need to commute to downtown Houston or the Texas Medical Center. Thanks to its proximity to the Texas Medical Center, this small town has become the home of several medical-related businesses, including Cardiovascular Systems and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

Find Corporate Housing in Houston Suburbs

If your employer asks you to temporarily relocate to the greater Houston area, contact Premier Corporate Housing. We have short-term rental properties available throughout Houston and the major Houston suburbs, making it easy for you to find a comfortable apartment close to your work.

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Austin is often referred to as “the next Silicon Valley”, and based on the number of innovative startups and major tech corporations with offices in the Texas capital, it’s easy to see why. As of 2015, there were more than 4,700 tech companies in the greater Austin area. Below are some of the major players with a presence in Austin.

Dell

Founded in 1984, Dell is one of the oldest of the Austin-based tech companies and continues to be a leading personal computer manufacturer. Originally located in Austin proper, Dell moved its headquarters about 30 miles north to the city of Round Rock in 1996.

Facebook

Although the social media giant is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Facebook has a significant presence in Austin with a corporate office downtown. This office was the first place their sales and online operations team expanded outside of California.

Oracle

Oracle is another California-based tech company with branches in Austin. The computer manufacturer already has three offices in northwest Austin, and in December 2015 they announced their plans to build a 560,000 square foot cloud computing campus in east Austin and to expand their Austin staff by more than 50%.

Yodle

Yodle, a company that specializes in online marketing services for small businesses, is headquartered in New York. However, their Austin office, which opened in 2011, is now their largest location in the US.

Bazaarvoice

Bazaarvoice manages online ratings and reviews for major corporations, including Best Buy and Walmart. They have offices all over the world—including in London, Paris, Munich, Singapore, and Sydney—but they are headquartered in Austin. They recently moved to a new office in north Austin in anticipation of future growth.

SolarWinds

Like Bazaarvoice, SolarWinds has locations across the globe, including in Ireland, India, and Australia, but is headquartered in Austin. The enterprise IT company is based in the southwest part of the city.

Rackspace

Cloud computing provider Rackspace is located in the greater San Antonio area, with an office in Austin. The Austin Business Journal ranked them as one of the best places in the city to work, and Rackspace recently announced that they would expand their presence by setting up a new office in a shared space with Austin Community College (ACC). They will be offering internships to ACC students as part of their partnership with the college.

Where to Stay If Your Company Sends You to Austin

With so many tech companies starting in or moving to Austin, this Texas city has become a popular place for business travelers. If you’re planning on an extended stay in Austin, contact Premier Corporate Housing. We have strong professional relationships with apartment companies in the Texas capital, which allows us to provide corporate travelers and their families with affordable, short-term furnished apartment rentals. Contact us to learn more and get a free quote.