Crossroads of Central Texas
Temple is the logistics hub in Central Texas. Already home to operations for Walmart, H-E-B and others, Temple offers a central location and outstanding infrastructure for logistics and distribution operations.
Located at the crossroads of I-35 and the planned I-14, Temple connects to all of Texas, the Southeast U.S., Mexico and beyond. BNSF Railway and Union Pacific intersect in Temple, providing robust freight distribution infrastructure. Plus, businesses have easy access to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Temple, Texas has become one of the best cities for distribution centers because of the accessibility and convenience that is offers for top logistics companies to successfully operate here.
Distance to Major Metros and Transportation:
- Temple, Texas to Austin, Texas – 70 miles
- Temple, Texas to Dallas, Texas – 130 miles
- Temple, Texas to Houston, Texas – 170 miles
- Temple, Texas to Waco Airport – 43 miles
Each year, $750 billion in goods travel the I-35 corridor through Central Texas. Thanks to its strategic location among major markets, Temple is home to substantial food, beverage and grocery distribution centers.
Alongside Texas distribution centers from Walmart and H-E-B, industry leaders Performance Food Group and the McLane Company call Temple home. In recent years, R+L Carriers, Tri-Supply, KEG 1 O’Neal and Nortech Lubricant Distribution have invested millions of dollars in new or expanded logistics operations in Temple, one of the best cities for distribution centers.
“We look forward to a long standing and growing presence in Temple,” said Scott O’Neal, KEG 1 O’Neal president and partner. Keg 1 O’Neal’s $11 million investment in 2019 included the creation of 50 new jobs, nearly doubling the company’s Temple workforce.
Like Walmart, there is an expected increase in top logistics companies expanding to Texas, growing the area’s talent market. Logistics and distribution talent in Temple surged by 20% between 2007 and 2017 and is expected to continuing growing by another 8.5% by 2022, outpacing national employment growth outlooks.
In addition, an annual 3,600 soldiers transition out of Fort Hood, the largest active duty armored post in the U.S. Armed Services that is located 30 miles from Temple, and opt to stay in Central Texas. One of many companies benefiting from Temple’s veteran talent, McLane Company launched its Warriors to Wheels initiative in 2018 to help transitioning soldiers and veterans advance their experience and begin careers in the logistics and distribution industry.
Facts & Figures
BNSF Railway Company
North America’s largest freight railroad network operating more than 32,500 route miles
Walmart Distribution Center
World’s largest private employer
H-E-B Retail Distribution Center
Supermarket chain with more than 400 stores in Texas and northeast Mexico
One of the nation’s largest food service supply chain providers
Performance Food Group
Distributor of 150,000-plus food and related products
Keg 1 O’Neal
Alcohol distributor serving Texas
Baylor Scott & White Health
Largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas
Baylor Scott & White Health
The largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, Baylor Scott & White Health established its own logistics and distribution operation in Temple, where it employs 7,000+.
In 2019, Walmart celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Central Texas distribution center, which encompasses more than 1 million square feet on the north side of Temple.
Training & Education
- Temple College offers continued commercial driver’s license training that includes classroom education and hands-on training.
Individuals learn the transportation industry at Temple College in pursuit of careers as a licensed freight broker or freight broker agent.Learn More
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