Manufacturing in Texas

Temple is where location, infrastructure, workforce and 1,600 acres of shovel-ready land converge in one of the top cities for manufacturing in Texas.

Temple is a great place for manufacturing companies to get started, and Niagara Bottling is a perfect example. They announced plans to invest $90 million and create 70 jobs at a new bottling facility, and they continue to expand. Among other manufacturing companies in Temple, Texas is battery maker East Penn Manufacturing Co. They invested $106 million with the plan to create 266 new manufacturing jobs to expand their facility. 

Reynolds manufacturing company opened its facility in 1970 and expanded in 2018 to make room for a new plastic film production line. “The Temple EDC has been a terrific partner in this process. Community support and the availability of a reliable, skilled workforce are key components in investing in any expansion,” said Rick Villa, plant manager. “Our brand is known for quality and reliability and the people behind it make that possible. We’re pleased to be able to grow right here in Temple.”

Temple’s workforce is bolstered by technically skilled veterans from nearby Fort Hood. Each year, an average of 3,600 soldiers transition out of Fort Hood and choose to live and work in Central Texas. Also fueling Texas’ advanced manufacturing cluster are graduates from STEM-focused training programs and eight regional higher education institutions.

There is also abundant industrial land in Temple to help any manufacturing business in Texas grow. Commercial real estate is available for small businesses and large; including land for lease or land for sale in Temple.  

As top manufacturing companies in Temple, TX continue to grow, employment has increased 28% in the region. Texas manufacturing between 2010 and 2020 was above the national average of 21% with Temple’s manufacturing industry and job growth showing no sign of slowing down.

Located at the crossroads of I-35 and the planned I-14, Temple, Texas’ manufacturing industry offers robust interstate and freight distribution infrastructure. This is due to its convenient access to Union Pacific and BNSF. Plus, Temple affords easy access to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. 

Temple is within a three-hour drive from both Houston and San Antonio. The accessibility of manufacturing in Texas makes supply chain operations achievable and reliable in the area. 

  • 130

    Number of Establishments 2019

  • 6,587

    Current Workforce 2019

  • 28.4%

    Change in Employment 2010 – 2020

  • 19%

    Wage Savings Compared to National Average

  • 1,600

    Acres of Shovel-Ready Land

Training & Education

A student at Temple High School works with machinery

Pipeline of Talent

Many of the skilled specialists who serve Temple’s manufacturing sector derive from regional institutions like the Texas A&M University – Central Texas, Temple College and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. At the high school level, Temple ISD’s Career & Technical Education Center and Belton ISD’s Career & Technical Education offer hands-on learning and certification in manufacturing.

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Career & Technical Education Center in Temple, TX

Tailored Training

Temple College Business and Community Education provides customized training and education for businesses and industries at the college or on-site at service providers to help drive manufacturing employment rates forward.

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Draughon Miller Airport in Temple, TX

Technical Certificates

Texas State Technical College graduates earn technical certificates and associate degrees in areas such as aviation, construction, robotics and engineering.

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