St. Anne Catholic School and Neutex LED Collaborate

St. Anne Catholic School, located in Houston, TX, educates students from 52 zip codes across the Greater Houston Area and has been operating since 1930. A true representation of a city as diverse as Houston, St. Anne Catholic School’s student population includes Pre-K through 8th graders from all backgrounds.  Being continually committed to offering their students a productive learning environment, the school decided to begin the process of upgrading their existing, outdated lighting with energy efficient LED’s. After some evaluation, it was determined the school’s gym would be a perfect place to start.

The existing metal halide lighting in the gym high bays were selected due to a variety of drawbacks in comparison with LED fixtures.  Metal halide technology is not only inefficient, but also the light output begins to degrade over time starting the moment it is first turned on.  This leads to inconsistent lighting distribution as bulbs go out […]

Neutex Ranked in Top 10 – Houston’s Fastest Growing Business

Houston Business Journal welcomed around 700 guests to the Hilton Americas on Sept. 17 for our 2015 Fast 100 Awards. We revealed where the region’s 100 fastest-growing private companies ranked on our Fast 100 List based on two-year revenue growth.

The average growth for all the firms on The List was 181 percent.

The firms were ranked by two-year revenue growth from 2012 to 2014. To qualify for The List, companies must have closed five full fiscal years by Dec. 31, 2014; be headquartered in the Houston area; earned at least $1 million in revenue for fiscal year 2014; and be for-profit and privately held.

Due to information incorrectly entered on a survey, On Point Custom Homes’ revenue growth and rank were incorrect in the print edition and at the awards event. On Point should have ranked No. 44. As such, the rankings for other companies have been corrected […]

Houston-based Neutex LED Lighting plans to expand to 25 new markets by 2016, but it won’t be easy.

Rather than expand into markets where demand for LED is high, Neutex, a provider of energy-efficient lighting design and manufacturing, is looking to open franchises in areas that aren’t as educated in “green” lighting, said John Higgins, president and CEO.

Last year, Neutex opened two satellite offices in Mississippi and New York, which Higgins described as difficult markets to tap into.

“We started with a hard market to set ourselves up in so we would run up against all of the hardest potential issues that we would have for the expansion,” Higgins said. “We don’t always go for the low-hanging fruit. We go for the harder-to-pick fruit that makes the low fruit easier to get.”

Higgins said this approach has worked well for the company.

“When you are successful in those markets, you become the brand,” Higgins added.

The company recently expanded its headquarters near George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Higgins said that it is […]

Neutex Named “Fast 100” by Houston Business Journal

Recently featured in the Houston Business Journal, Neutex LED Lighting is cited for it’s fast-track growth and energy-efficiency initiatives. President and CEO John Higgins was interviewed regarding the company’s success and was cited discussing how important energy efficient LED Lighting is for improving not only the environment, but businesses in general.

In the new featured piece by HBJ (Houston Business Journal) Higgins discusses how and why fighting against the current has been a worthwhile endeavor for the business. Opening up shop and expanding to places like Mississippi and New York, while incredibly difficult, is expected to be truly fruitful for the company and create an unmatched brand awareness which further helps the company’s mission to create and sell a product that makes a positive impact on the environment and on the overhead of their valued customers.

The piece also cites one of the company’s latest and greatest projects, the IAH (Bush International […]

Local LED manufacturer plans major headquarters expansion

Neutex LED Lighting is planning a major expansion to its corporate headquarters, manufacturing and warehouse facility in north Houston.

The facility, at 15700 Vickery Drive near George Bush Intercontinental Airport, is currently 48,600 square feet, and the company plans to add another 30,000 square feet. Neutex LED Lighting, a member of the Neutex Advanced Energy Group of companies, designs, manufactures and sells LED lighting solutions.

Neutex LED Lighting plans to send out a bid package to general contractors in April and break ground in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a spokesman. The one-story project is expected to cost $1.65 million.

The new space will allow the company to expand its product line, including its Neutex PetroChemical products. The expansion includes a dedicated lab, NTX Labs, to research, develop, prototype and test products, plus a fourth LED-fixture manufacturing room.

Other improvements will include an expanded warehouse to allow for more inventory on hand, […]

NEUTEX LED Lighting Announces Major Expansion

The LED lighting solutions company will be expanding its corporate, manufacturing and warehouse headquarters in Houston, TX.

HOUSTON, Jan. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — NEUTEX LED Lighting has recently announced a major expansion to its corporate, manufacturing and warehouse headquarters based in Houston, TX. After three months of planning and design, the NEUTEX LED expansion project is near breaking ground. During the past seven years, NEUTEX LED Lighting has grown considerably year after year as the business continues to expand its portfolio of LED lighting products and has an extensive range of clients, including the City of Houston, Houston Airport System, Nissan and national retailers in the consumer and automotive sectors. The new expansion will accommodate their growing portfolio of explosion proof, custom designed and “Made in the USA” product lines and will enhance the warehouse facilities allowing for greater inventory on hand. Further improvements include larger staff facilities, a spacious meeting […]

NEUTEX LED Lighting Announces Major Expansion

The LED lighting solutions company will be expanding its corporate, manufacturing and warehouse headquarters in Houston, TX.

Houston, TX (December 16, 2014) – NEUTEX LED Lighting has recently announced a major expansion to its corporate, manufacturing and warehouse headquarters based in Houston, TX. After three months of planning and design, the NEUTEX LED expansion project is near breaking ground.

During the past seven years, NEUTEX LED Lighting has grown considerably year after year as the business continues to expand its portfolio of LED lighting products and has an extensive range of clients, including the City of Houston, Houston Airport System, Nissan and national retailers in the consumer and automotive sectors.

The new expansion will accommodate their growing portfolio of explosion proof, custom designed and “Made in the USA” product lines and will enhance the warehouse facilities allowing for greater inventory on hand. Further improvements include larger staff facilities, a spacious meeting room and […]

Fil-Ams urged to spread ‘good news’ about PH economy

HOUSTON, Texas – Recent Philippine government data show that the Philippine economy grew by 5.7 percent in the first quarter as the effects of Super Typhoon Yolanda continue to linger in the country.

But Philippine government officials maintain that the Philippines is still the third fastest growing economy in Asia in the first quarter, next only to China and Malaysia.

Officials predict that the Philippines’ economic growth by 7.5 percent last year could even expand to up to 15 percent in the next decade.

Members of the Philippines Investment Roadshow have been meeting with Filipino-Americans in key cities all over the US, not only to share the good news on the Philippine economy, but to encourage people to invest there as well.

The meetings are part of “The Philippines: Asia’s New Emerging Tiger” business forum participated in by economists and the private sector.

At a recent meeting with Filipino-American business leaders in Houston, Texas, Philippine […]

More U.S. manufacturers are making a U-turn on offshoring

John Higgins recalls a flight he took in 2009 from Los Angeles to Shanghai. Higgins, president and chief executive officer of Houston-based Neutex Advanced Energy Group Inc., was excited about his plans to bring his company’s manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from China and shared the news with his seatmate, a Harvard MBA graduate.

“The guy called me an idiot,” Higgins recalls with a laugh. “He said I was not acting in the best interest of the company.” The passenger wouldn’t be the last person to question Higgins’ decision to return production of his core product, LED lighting systems, to the U.S., a practice known as “reshoring.” At the time, the road leading U.S. manufacturers into China was one-way, with few executives making U-turns.

“People thought we were crazy,” Higgins says.

Yet Higgins got the last laugh. A few years later, “some of those same people who questioned our decision are calling […]

Manufacturing American Efficiency

Lighting consumes 46 percent of U.S. energy in commercial businesses. And energy costs are rising. Fluorescent technology is being phased out. CFL technology has environmentally harmful side effects. Many believe that LED (light-emitting diode) technology is the answer. Considered efficiency powerhouses because of their high luminous efficiency, LED bulbs have quickly become the standard for commercial, residential, and industrial applications.

Look at any list of lighting manufacturers, and you’ll see that the majority of today’s LED solutions are not produced in America. And for the first five years of doing business, that was true for NEUTEX Advanced Energy Group (dba NEUTEX Lighting) as well. Headquartered in Houston, TX, NEUTEX has become one of a list of companies that have recently moved operations to the U.S. from overseas. Today, the company is developing its Houston presence as it positions itself as a leading manufacturer of LED lighting.

“You really need to think outside […]

AFL-CIO: Making the Light Fantastic

Neutex Advanced Energy Group, a Houston-based maker of LED lights, light bulbs and fixtures, brought its core manufacturing operation from China back to the United States last year and turned to the Electrical Workers (IBEW) to staff its facility.

Paul Puente, assistant business manager of IBEW Local 716, approached John Higgins, president and CEO of Neutex, to discuss his needs and concerns and how they could work together.

Higgins agreed to make the facility an IBEW union shop, and the Electrical Workers agreed to provide training for its workers and help the company market its union-made products. Neutex will employ 250 to 300 IBEW members in its 15,000-square-foot facility.

“The partnership with the IBEW, it’s giving us credibility when we’re growing in leaps and bounds,” says Higgins. “We should be able to bring this and still be able to make a much better quality product, in better time and […]

Back NEUTEX Advanced Energy Group, Inc.™ Announces Gordon Quan As Newest Board Member

NEUTEX Advanced Energy Group Inc.™ today announced that Gordon Quan, Co-Chairman of FosterQuan LLP. the nation’s second largest immigration law firm, was appointed to the company’s board of directors, allowing the board to be comprised of 8 members.

Board chairman John C. Higgins summed up the decision; “Mr. Quan has extraordinary legal, business and government experience and expertise, and we are delighted that he is joining the NEUTEX™ board of directors.”

Currently, Gordon Quan serves as Co-Chairman of FosterQuan LLP, an immigration law firm located in Houston, Texas, whose services are designed to assist individuals pursuing citizenship, temporary work visas, naturalization and litigation.

“Mr. Quan brings a wealth of experience, from a legal perspective, as well as the insights that come from running a successful global law firm and holding a leadership role in local government. He will be a great addition to our board,” said Mark Sam, NEUTEX™ Chief Financial Officer.

“I am […]

Sixel: From here to China and back

It wasn’t a hard choice when Neutex Lighting decided to go to China to manufacture LED bulbs and fixtures. It would be cheaper and more efficient, figured John Higgins, president and CEO of the Houston-based company.

But after a couple of years, Higgins started having second thoughts. It took four workers to do one job, which wasn’t very productive. There were quality control problems that were difficult to find and fix. Throw in the frequent travel, jet lag and the language barrier, and Higgins began to wonder whether the arrangement was as efficient as he originally imagined.

Then he started noticing retailers such as Starbucks and Juicy Couture popping up in China, which made him consider the role Neutex was playing in the global economy.

“We’re developing a middle class in China while killing the middle class at home,” he said.

In the end, the decision wasn’t all that difficult. Company officials calculated that […]

Houston-Baytown-Sugarland Metro Named #1 by Site Selection!

HOUSTON – While other cities are struggling to create growth, Houston is maintaining its reputation as a bustling area with boundless economic growth possibilities according to Site Selection magazine. The 2011 “Top Metro” rankings have been released and the Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land area tops the list as the No. 1 metro area in the nation for corporate location and expansion activity. This is a key factor for job growth and retention in Houston.

This is the second time in three years the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) takes the number one spot. The Houston region logged in 195 new and expanded facilities to garner the honor.

The Chicago-Naperville-Joliet metro followed at number two with 167 projects and Pittsburgh with 141 projects rounded out the top three in major metros.

“Site Selection’s award adds to the long and growing list of distinctions the Houston area is earning for our business recruitment, business retention, job creation […]

Magazine names Houston best place for corporate relocation and expansion

HOUSTON (KTRK) — A positive sign when it comes to jobs here in the greater Houston area as a national publication has named it the best place in the country for corporate relocation and expansion.

The magazine “Site Selection” is the latest publication to put southeast Texas atop its list of post-recession boomtowns. And it’s just the latest sign that Houston is bouncing back faster than a lot of other big cities, creating opportunities for business owners and employees.

You might not have heard of Site Selection magazine, but for business owners looking to move their companies it’s a Bible of sorts and it’s preaching the praises of southeast Texas.

“It means that the area is being considered a desirable location for new business,” said Mark Arend with Site Selection magazine.

What the magazine is reporting to the country is something so many of us here already know — that Houston entered the recession […]