The infrastructure and connectivity provided by a city is an important factor for many companies.
It unites all other aspects of business, increases logistical efficiency, reduces the cost of operations, and strengthens service quality. Location matters — both in relation to markets and sources of supply.
Temple’s stellar transportation infrastructure allows businesses to efficiently move their product in a region ripe with opportunity for many key industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, and logistics. An efficient network of road, air and railway transport help create the perfect solution for companies doing both domestic and international business.
Companies adapt to their customer’s demands the quickest are the ones that find the most success in today’s global economy. Here are a few of the ways Temple’s infrastructure positions companies to win.
Roads & Highways
Temple’s central Texas location provides an interconnected network of roads and highways, leading all the way into Mexico via Laredo, Texas. The city is located at the crossroads of I-35 and I-14 and is at the junction of four major cities — Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio — all of which can each be reached within a three-hour drive of Temple. This means unrestricted access to 80% of Texas’ population, or close to 30 million people.
Supply and logistics companies like McLane Group and Pactiv depend on Temple’s central Texas location and well-maintained highways to transport product cross borders, and Cargill relies on the connected network to supply its local farm and ranch feed stores throughout the state.
Texas was ranked as the #1 state to drive by Wallethub in 2021, which noted the state’s low cost of fuel and minimal annual precipitation rate as contributing factors.
Today’s global economy means that access to efficient and reliable air cargo transport is a must for successful companies. Four airports can be reached from Temple within a couple hour’s drive, including two that offer international flights. Austin Bergstrom International supplies over 74,000 jobs in the Central Texas region, and Dallas/Fort Worth International’s 22 cargo airlines helped the airport to win Air Transport World’s 2019 Global Airport of the Year award.
For local support, Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport has one of Texas’ best inspection ratings for quality aviation fuel, and offers both corporate jet and freight cargo services.
Temple, Texas has a rich history as a pioneering railroad town, extending back to a construction camp built in the late 19th century by the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe (GC&SF) Railway. Currently, the Union Pacific and BNSF rail lines, North America’s two leading freight-hauling railroads, offer cargo stations in the city, providing transcontinental transportation of goods.
Temple & Central Texas Railway also offers a short line railroad which consists of 10 miles of rail line, switching and other services in the Central Pointe Rail Park.
Within a three-hour drive Temple companies can access Port of Houston — one of the world’s busiest waterways that generated $339 billion in state economic value in 2018.
Texas was also ranked as having the best transportation infrastructure by CNBC in 2018 based on its $2 trillion worth of commodities it moves through the port annually. The port has surpassed Rotterdam as the world’s largest petrochemical complex.
Successful logistics can help a business achieve higher efficiencies, lower costs, and increased customer satisfaction; being that logistics are intrinsically tied to infrastructure, it is imperative that companies situate within a connected ecosystem.
With so many methods to transport products, people and services, businesses in Temple find safe and reliable access to the local and global marketplace. Get in touch to see how Temple’s connected infrastructure can support your business logistics.