Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN) recently co-hosted the Governorâ€™s Small Business Forum along with the Texas Workforce Commission and Governorâ€™s Office.
After a brief welcome by Larry Ruggiano, Office of the Governor, a presentation by Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas on the Skills Development Fund and other Workforce programs followed. Additional event sessions included a presentation by the Texas Veteranâ€™s Commission and a panel on access to capital for small business. After a short networking break there was a panel on doing business in the oil and gas industry which covered contract opportunities and procedures followed by a presentation by the Texas Tech University Small Business Development Center and a panel offering information on contracting with the government. During lunch, a keynote address was presented by Texas Workforce Commissioner Hope Andrade followed by the recognition of outstanding regional small businesses by the Governorâ€™s Office.
Chosen was EMA Electromechanics, LLC of Sweetwater.
â€śBusiness excellence is epitomized by a balanced combination of manufacturing and service excellence, and a steadfast commitment to employees, customers and the community. This award is presented to for-profit companies that demonstrate a consistently high level of attentiveness and dedication in these areas.â€ť
EMA was nominated by Jeanne Brewer. â€śIn all actuality, EMA was the first company that I thought of for this prestigious Small Business Award given by our Governor,â€ť said Brewer. â€śI nominated this company because they are a small business that moved into our area from Argentina and they have worked very hard to achieve the American ways of business.Â I have been honored to work side by side with EMA.Â The CEO and CFO are very intelligent and fair and have been successful in our community of Sweetwater.Â I wanted people to know all about this company, their background and achievements. I am very proud of them.â€ť
EMA was founded in 1952 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Throughout the years it became one of the most important manufacturers of electromechanical equipment in Latin America supplying low, medium and high voltage apparatus to major utility companies in the region. Product innovation and continuous growth in the electrical market led EMA to expand the Latin American frontier to conquer the North American market.
The latest expansion occurred in 2010 when EMA Electromechanics started its U.S. operation with the goal of developing and manufacturing high quality specialized electromechanical equipment for the wind generation and becoming one of the leaders within this industry.
EMA Electromechanics takes an innovative approach to business. â€śWe believe the development of clean wind energy should directly benefit the communities that take up on the challenges of the new technology and that manufacturers should be as close as possible to where their products are needed.â€ť
With the above premises in mind EMA set foot in Sweetwater, TX; the heart and soul of wind generation country to make it the home of the highly specialized, state of the art VDH/GSMI combined circuit breaker and high speed mechanically interlocked grounding switch for wind farm substations and EMAâ€™s complete line of power distribution equipment for utility and industrial markets.
â€śLike it did 60 years ago EMA is still committed one hundred percent to manufacturing high quality reliable products and to excel in customer service. This recipe worked from the very beginning and we all at EMA believe it will still work for years to come.â€ť
EMA shared their commitment to their employees. â€śAs a small business company, we are very involved in our employeesâ€™ life, participating in family events, supporting school fundraisings and being flexible when it comes to support our employees attending to school or family events during working hours. We are proud of the team we have and we take good care of it.â€ť
Texas Midwest Community Network is a one-of-a-kind regional organization founded in 1994 for economic development, tourism development, regional awareness and promotion and legislative awareness. It is an organization of â€ścommunities working together to accomplish what one community cannot do alone.â€ť
Governorâ€™s Small Business Forums give entrepreneurs and small businesses the valuable tools, skills and knowledge needed to thrive in todayâ€™s fast-paced economy. Featuring a wide range of instructive seminars and expert speakers offering vital information on both public and private resources, the forums offer a great opportunity to network and connect with industry specialists, government officials, service providers and other regional businesses.