Over the past year, Temple has continued to establish itself as an attractive place to live, work and do business, and its efforts are paying dividends. In 2022, both job creation and investments increased in Temple, with $1.4 billion in capital investment and 697 new employment opportunities coming to the community.
Read on for a recap of some of the project wins that have facilitated this continued growth in the Temple business community over the past year.
For more than a decade H-E-B has leveraged Temple as its distribution hub to supply its 100+ grocery stores across the state of Texas. In 2022, the company announced plans to expand its distribution facility with a new automated frozen distribution line. The expanded facility will grow H-E-B’s location by 325,000 square feet and add more than 100 jobs to the local economy.
As the largest independently owned food retailer in the nation, H-E-B sees $36 billion in annual sales. The Temple expansion is expected to be completed in 2024.
Paints, coatings and specialty materials manufacturer PPG has delivered building materials customers could trust for more than 135 years. Now, strong demand is leading the company to expand its operations in Temple. In 2020, the company produced and shipped nearly 48 million units of its Liquid Nails and MULCO products from its Temple facility near the NW H K Dodgen Loop. In August the company announced it would be investing $9 million in its manufacturing plant to expand its existing adhesives and sealants product line, adding 12 jobs to its existing operations.
Temple offers logistics and distribution companies a prime location, with a robust infrastructure of highways and byways which includes the I-35 and the planned I-14 that connect the city to the rest of Texas, the western U.S., Mexico and beyond.
In January, FedEx Ground announced it would open a new, 250,000 square-foot distribution center in Temple in the city’s Industrial Park between Northwest Dodgen Loop and Trino Road. FedEx Ground will work with contract pickup and delivery companies that hire local drivers, managers and other positions — tapping into Temple’s skilled workforce of 6,500 logistics and distribution professionals.
Reynolds Consumer Products
Manufacturing is another thriving industry in Temple, generating a 28.4% increase in employment between 2010-2020. Longstanding Temple business, Reynolds Consumer Products, will invest $7 million to add new production lines to its existing facility and create 30-40 jobs. This expansion comes only a few years after Reynold’s 2018 investment of $3.2 million to upgrade its plastic film production line, which added 10 jobs to its Temple operations.
Temple’s growth in 2022 reflects the community’s renewed focus on industry growth and expansion. With the evolution of new, high-value sectors like data centers to deep-rooted core industries like manufacturing and distribution and logistics, Temple’s community leadership continues to advocate for businesses and drive talent attraction efforts that move the local economy forward.
If you are a company leader looking to step into flourishing business community, contact us to learn how we can support you in the relocation or expansion process.
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