Texas Health Commissioner: Seiko plans to expand nationwide to 100 locations, including Houston
Posted On July 15, 2021
AUSTIN, Texas — Health Commissioner Mike Seiko said Friday the company plans to add more than 100 locations in the Houston area to expand its reach.
In addition to expanding Seiko’s footprint in Houston, Seiko also plans to open its first retail store in the city in 2019, and to offer healthcare related services in the area.
“We are working very closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services, and they are committed to bringing these businesses here and providing quality care to the people of Texas,” Seiko told reporters Friday.
The company’s announcement came as the Houston Chamber of Commerce and Houston Independent School District announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art high school.
The Houston Chamber announced the plans to the Houston Chronicle.
Seiko told the Chronicle that the new school will be called “Seiko High.”
The plan to open a new high school in Houston comes after the Houston Health Department said it planned to build an entire facility to house the company’s facilities.
As a result, the state of Texas said it is suspending the work permit process for the company, which currently employs 1,700 workers in Texas.
With this news, we are also suspending the process for construction of a second high school and are working closely with Texas to help them with that, Seikos said in a statement.
He said the company will begin hiring for its new campus, which is expected to open in 2019.
This announcement comes just a few months after the Texas Health Department suspended the work permits for Seiko, which employs more than 2,000 workers in the state.