There are a number of textile mills in and around the city run by Government and by private companies. Well established handloom textile manufacturing units, big and small foundries engaged in the manufacturing of deep well motors and pump sets for agricultural and domestic purposes, a famous cement manufacturing unit in Madukkarai at 10 kms from the city and 3 big textile machinery manufacturing units provide employment to thousands of people and contribute to the industrial growth of the region and the state. Coimbatore has also attracted investment in hi-tech industries in the recent years, especially in the field of solar energy and computer software. There is a modern unit manufacturing solar energy equipments near Coimbatore and several major software companies have set up development centers in the City.