Texas surges past California to grab top tech-export spot

Texas surges past California to grab top tech-export spot

WASHINGTON–Texas is tops for tech exports, a new report says.

Companies in Texas making semiconductors, telecommunications devices, computers, and other items shipped more than $45 billion in products to other countries in 2012, according to a report by the TechAmerica Foundation, a lobbying and advocacy firm representing the technology industries. That’s a $3 billion rise from 2011.

Tech from Texas most often goes to Mexico– companies in the state shipped $22 billion south of the border in 2012. All that trade supported 331,000 jobs in Texas, the report said, also the most of any state. Texas has 22 percent of the nation’s technology manufacturing jobs. …

California exports were worth $44.8 billion in 2012, down nearly 3 percent from the previous year.

Matthew Kazmierczak, vice president of the foundation, attributed the shift to rising manufacturing costs in California and Texas’ business-friendly atmosphere. …

“Texas has done a very good job at making themselves an attractive location for manufacturing,” he said. He noted the dynamic isn’t just about interstate competition; Texas is also competitive with other countries that have traditionally attracted manufacturing. …

Marchant highlighted Texas Instruments, Verizon, and other large tech companies headquartered in the Dallas area as drivers of export growth, as well as companies like Xerox and IBM that do business in Texas.

Castro also touted Texas’ tech might, and said technology manufacturing is a huge asset to San Antonio. He credited the low cost of doing business in Texas.

“The high tech industry is not only growing in Texas, but it is also yielding thousands of high paying jobs in our state,” Castro said.

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