Logistics & Distribution

Logistics and Distribution Centers in Central Texas

Temple, TX is one of the best cities for distribution centers in Texas. Already home to operations for Walmart, H-E-B and others, Temple offers a central location and outstanding infrastructure for logistics, fulfillment services 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 has become one of the best cities for distribution centers in Texas because of the accessibility and convenience that it offers for top logistics companies to successfully operate here.

Distance to Major Texas Locations 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
  • Temple, Texas to San Antonio – 146 miles
  • Temple, Texas to Arlington – 131 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, Amazon, 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 TX logistics workforce.

Like Walmart, there is an expected increase in top logistics companies expanding to Texas, growing the area’s talent market. Logistics and distribution workforce 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 Cavazos (formerly 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.

  • 306

    Number of Establishments 2019

  • 6,598

    Current Workforce 2019

  • 14.3%

    Change in Employment 2010 – 2020

  • 19%

    Wage Savings Compared to National Average

Facts & Figures

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    fact 2.5 Hours from 28 Million People

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    fact Costs 15% Lower than National Average

Training & Education

HEB trucks at a distribution center in Temple, TX

CDL Training

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Trucks at a distribution center in Temple, TX

Logistics Education

Individuals learn the transportation industry at Temple College in pursuit of careers as licensed freight brokers or freight broker agents.

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