Encore Wire gets Texas Manufacturing Star Award
Dan Eakin/Staff Photo - Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken, right, presents Encore Wire Corp. CEO Daniel Jones the Texas Manufacturing Star Award on Wednesday in the Encore conference room. Encore, which opened in McKinney 23 years ago, processes about one million pounds of copper wire every day.
Encore Wire Corp., a McKinney plant that employs about 850 people, Wednesday was presented with the Texas Manufacturing Star Award, giving the plant statewide recognition for outstanding accomplishments in manufacturing.
About 40 people -- including the mayor, city council members and chamber of commerce representatives -- crowded into the conference room at Encore to see Tom Pauken, Texas Workforce Commission chairman, present the award to Encore CEO Daniel Jones.
"We recognize outstanding employers like Encore Wire who work hard to maintain and increase manufacturing jobs in Texas," Pauken said. "The company's expansion efforts and partnership with local economic development entities has a positive impact on the state's manufacturing workforce."
Pauken said that America has lost about one-third of its workforce to overseas production within the last decade.
"It is critical that we recognize outstanding success stories such as Encore not only for economic reasons, but also for national security,"
In accepting the award, Jones said, "This is humbling. Ordinarily, we don't like a lot of attention, but this is great."
Jones said most people have no idea what brand of wire is in their house. Encore processes about one million pounds of copper wire every day, he said.
Jones, who has been with Encore since it opened in McKinney 23 years ago, said the plant began with about 10 acres and about 68,000 square feet of building space. Encore now has 200 acres and about two million square feet of building space, he said.
Encore Wire is building a 202,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing plant and expects to hire up to 100 new employees over the next few years. The company is expected to begin product shipment from the new plant by August 2012.
McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller was the first to speak at the award ceremony.
"Encore Wire has been an instrumental member of the McKinney community for more than 20 years and we are proud that they call McKinney home," Loughmiller said. "Their leadership in their industry and the community makes Encore Wire more than deserving of this prestigious honor."
Pauken said that the Texas Workforce Commission will present Star awards to between 10 and 15 companies throughout Texas this year, and that Encore Wire is one of the first to receive the award.
"Encore really stands out," he said. "It is truly a success story."
Jodi Ann LaFreniere, McKinney chamber president, asked Jones to comment on the culture at the plant.
Jones said the plant has a clinic with a doctor available, a chaplain and Bible studies one Thursday a month.
"We have a family-type atmosphere," Jones said, "and we want the employees to feel like it is their company."