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Episode 520: Great Opportunity To Locate Or Relocate Your Business To The Texarkana Area

On this episode

Eric Voyles, Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Development Officer, and John Sesler, Vice President of Logistics and 3PL Operations, discuss a very unique opportunity near Texarkana, Texas to locate or relocate their business with some great benefits and savings.

For more on TexAmericas Center read the January issue of Manufacturing Outlook


Lewis Weiss

Mr. Lewis Weiss is Host of Manufacturing Talk Radio and President of All Metals & Forge Group, the principal sponsor of the show. He has 60 years in the metals industry as a manufacturer of open die forgings and seamless rolled rings, running a business that sells forged products globally to OEMs, major manufacturers, mid-size first- and second-tier suppliers, and small metalworking companies. Lewis Weiss puts his experience in manufacturing to good use as an expert consultant on various TV and radio programs nationwide.

Tim Grady

Mr. Tim Grady is an Executive Producer and Co-host of Manufacturing Talk Radio. He brings more than 25 years of knowledge as a senior strategist and business advisor to companies of all sizes in more than thirty industries, advising them on revving up revenues, macro and micro marketing, strategic selling, organization optimization, website ergonomics, data mining, and other external or internal factors that can accelerate or impede business operations and net profit.


John Sesler

John Sesler is the Vice President of Logistics & 3PL Operations at TexAmericas Center – which owns and operates one of the largest mixed-use industrial parks in the United States – where he helps tenants offload logistics and 3PL tasks to TexAmericas Center, enhance their logistics workflows, and focus on other issues critical to business growth.

TexAmericas Center’s 3PL services are designed to provide benefits to companies of all sizes. For small businesses, accessing Sesler’s expertise saves time and money and prevents some of the growing pains associated with adopting new or enhancing existing logistics operations. For larger companies, TexAmericas Center’s 3PL services provide quick turnaround for larger-scale operations, more quickly delivering value and impacting revenue.

Sesler has 35 years of experience in logistics program responsibilities for large international organizations as well as small businesses looking to accelerate their growth. He has worked with manufacturing leaders and governmental organizations to improve both bottom and topline performance. Prior to joining TexAmericas Center, Sesler spent 15 years as the General Manager of Logistics Operations for WWWilliams Logistics, Inc. where he was responsible for nationwide logistics operations. Previously, Sesler was an Operations Manager for Walsh Distribution and the Corporate Distribution Manager for Aalf’s Manufacturing Inc.

Eric Voyles

Eric Voyles is the Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Development Officer at TexAmericas Center responsible for lease portfolio of 560,000sf; efforts to lease or sell over 1,000,000sf of commercial space in the areas of Office, Warehouse, Production/Manufacturing, Dry Storage, Explosive Bunkers/Magazines; and, 12,000 acres of ground. A seasoned public-private partnership economic developer with over 20 years of progressive experience in regional Economic and Community Development, Eric has a proven track record of delivering significant bottom-line results being resourceful and performing well with limited supervision and resources.

Eric has the ability to build strong coalitions across public and private sectors. He has managed two Non-Profit Organization mergers, managed two incubator programs, developed and managed two targeted industry cluster development strategies – the first focused on rail service capabilities and the other aerospace and aviation. Eric launched two international business development programs, started a state of Illinois funded Entrepreneurship Center & International Trade Center, and ran a NFP land-holding / development company, where he closed out a 150+ acre development and launched a 350- acre business park.

Eric thinks strategically and acts entrepreneurially; he has developed specialties in the areas of: Workforce Assessment, Targeted Industry Assessment, Logistics, Real Estate Development, Small Business Development, Historic Neighborhood Re-development, Community (Public Sector) Relation Development, Developer/Real Estate Broker Relations Development, Incentives Negotiation, Community and Economic Development Organization Strategic Planning, Business Retention, Targeted Marketing and Cluster Development.

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