About 20 local business leaders have lot to look forward to after their business-development trip to Spain in September. Some of Spain’s business owners came away from the conferences with a desire to visit companies in San Antonio.
Jose Manual Soria Lopez, the Spanish minister of industry, energy and tourism, met with members of the San Antonio delegation and told the group he wanted to get a group of his country’s businesses leaders to come to San Antonio next year.
One of San Antonio’s oldest companies, Holt Cat’s main shop was built in 1957 and was due for a replacement. Howard Hicks, vice president of public affairs, said the new $11 million facility will make work more comfortable for its employees, 17 percent of whom are veterans.
In what was a rare move, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott initially teamed up with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to oppose the merger involving Fort Worth-based American Airlines, but he has now reversed course.
Abbot’s said the new deal with American Airlines and U.S. Airways satisfies his concern that the merger would negatively impact services to some of Texas’ smaller airports.
The 2013 Spain Trade Mission delegation includes two city council members, the Bexar County manager, the honorary consul of Spain in San Antonio, and 20 other business leaders including the vice-president of corporate banking of BBVA Compass bank.
Construction firms across the country are looking for skilled workers to fill positions but are running into a shortage of craftsmen.
A survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America shows at least 74 percent of construction firms are having difficulty finding skilled workers like carpenters and 53 percent report the same problem for administrative jobs.
The numbers are even more stark for San Antonio: About 83 percent say they can’t find the workers they need.