Now more than ever, transportation, distribution and logistics companies need efficient systems in place for getting products into the hands of their customers. With multimodal transportation, abundant warehouse space and 28 million people located within a 2.5-hour drive, Temple is well-equipped for the task.
Located in a state that has been consistently ranked as one of the best for business, Temple offers a variety of ways for companies to connect to their supply chains. When logistics and distribution is made simple, satisfied customers and higher profitability margins are sure to follow.
Proximity to Major Cities
Being in the Lone Star State has its advantages. Temple, TX is halfway between Austin and Dallas, giving logistics and distribution companies easy access to these and other major Texas metros. U.S. Highway 90 provides access to the southern states like Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi while Interstate 35 makes Temple a hub for businesses interested in reaching major markets in midwestern states. In fact, it is estimated that more than $750 billion in goods travel throughout the U.S. annually via the I-35 corridor.
Central Texas has become a hub for logistics and distribution companies in need of multimodal transportation. Temple was founded as a railroad city and currently offers many rail lines including Union Pacific and BNSF, two of the leading freight-hauling railroads in the nation.
Temple is also less than two hours from Austin-Bergstrom International and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport — the latter of which offers 22 cargo airlines and worldwide freight services. Regionally, Draughon-Miller Airport has one of the top inspection ratings within the state of Texas and provides additional support for the city’s business and freight transportation needs.
Several sites are available in Temple — each boasting unique advantages to logistics and distribution companies of any size. Temple Industrial Park offers 147 acres of shovel-ready land and is supplied by roads, sewers and railroad access. Owned by Temple EDC, the cost of land is highly competitive and offers proximity to the NW H.K. Dodgen Loop, which encircles the city and its many businesses.
The Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport also has adjacent sites available that are zoned for commercial operations. In total, Temple, TX has more than 1,600 acres of shovel-ready land available for business development.
Connectivity is just one part of what makes Temple an ideal place for logistics and distribution companies. The city is home to manufacturers across a variety of industries, including Wilsonart, a manufacturer of high-pressure laminates and solid surface products for commercial and residential markets, and McLane Company, a leading distributor of food products.
H-E-B — a regional grocer with more than 420 stores across Texas and Mexico — in June 2022 to expand its Temple distribution center by 325,000 square-feet. Just two years earlier the company had expanded the facility’s footprint from 800,000 to over a million square feet.
Home to a well-fed pipeline of skilled talent, Temple’s business advantages span from location and site availability to its robust workforce. More than 6,500 distribution and logistics employees call the Central Texas region home, bolstered by more than 3,600 soldiers that transition out of nearby Fort Hood every year. Colleges in the region also work to fill the needs of local employers through programs like Texas State Technical College’s Professional Driving Academy, Temple College’s and Freight Broker/Agent Training.
With more than 300 logistics and distribution establishments, strong market access and abundant talent, transportation companies in Temple have access to all the resources they need to grow and succeed. Read more about the logistics and distribution industry and contact us to discuss how Central Texas can serve as the best place for your growing business.