Micropac has been a pillar in the Garland business community since its founding in 1963. Specializing in the development and manufacturing of optoelectronic components, electronic assemblies and multi-chip microelectronic modules, the company services NASA, the United States Department of Defense and various other healthcare and industrial markets.
As a child, Mark was fascinated by how things worked, often taking things apart to study their internal design. This curiosity led to him earning a degree in Engineering at West Virginia University and a two-decade position in electrical engineering at Texas Instruments, during which time he also gained experience in business management and manufacturing. After a few years running his own ventures, he joined Micropac in 2002 where he currently serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board.
In 2009, Mark was noticing one side of the business declining while other sides were growing. Traditionally, this would mean laying off staff in one part of the company and hiring new staff for the growing side of the business. But instead of laying off employees, Mark decided to put 80 employees through Skill Development Grant training where they received cross-training in microelectronics. This investment in staff allowed them to ride out the market shifts without layoffs.
In 2016, Micropac decided to expand its operations and build a new facility. They began searching for land in nearby Texas towns. A conversation with Garland’s economic development led to a partnership between Micropac and the Economic Development office which resulted not just in a land-purchase agreement but also in coordination support during the permitting, design and construction process. “Where we are today I think I can attribute to the partnership that the chamber facilitates,” said Mark.
Navigating complex decisions like land purchases and property expansions can be overwhelming, but with the Chamber, you’ll find a partner who knows the ropes and can guide you every step of the way.
“The Chamber is the connecting source. They are the instigator of collaboration and teamwork and as a result of that, they facilitate the common mission of helping businesses thrive in the community.”
Frost provides a full range of banking, investments and insurance services to businesses and individuals in the Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Permian Basin, Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio regions. Founded in 1868, Frost has helped Texans with their financial needs during three centuries.