Manufacturing

Central Texas’ Industrial Gateway

Temple is where location, infrastructure, workforce and 1,600 acres of shovel-ready land converge in one of the top cities for manufacturing in Texas.

Temple is a launchpad for market-leading companies to make and move their products, with Niagara Bottling recently committing to invest $90 million and create 70 jobs at a new bottling facility and battery maker East Penn Manufacturing Co. committing to invest $106 million and create 266 new jobs to expand its facility. They join Acer, Reynolds Consumer Products and Pactiv as companies with major manufacturing operations in Temple.

Reynolds, which first opened its Temple facility in 1970, expanded in 2018 to make room for a new plastic film production line. “The Temple EDC has been a terrific partner in this process. Community support and the availability of a reliable, skilled workforce are a key component in investing in any expansion,” said Rick Villa, plant manager. “Our brand is known for quality and reliability and the people behind it make that possible. We’re pleased to be able to grow right here in Temple.”

Temple’s workforce is bolstered by technically skilled veterans from nearby Fort Hood. Each year, an average of 3,600 soldiers transition out of Fort Hood and choose to live and work in Central Texas. Also fueling Temple’s manufacturing cluster are graduates from STEM-focused training programs and eight regional higher education institutions.

With a 28% increase in manufacturing employment between 2010 and 2020, above the national average of 21%, Temple’s manufacturing industry shows no sign of slowing down.

Located at the crossroads of I-35 and the planned I-14, Temple offers robust interstate and freight distribution infrastructure via Union Pacific and BNSF. Plus, Temple affords easy access to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

  • 130

    Number of Establishments 2019

  • 6,587

    Current Workforce 2019

  • 28.4%

    Change in Employment 2010 – 2020

  • 19%

    Wage Savings Compared to National Average

  • 1,600

    Acres of Shovel-Ready Land

Facts & Figures

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    fact 2.5 Hours from 28 Million People

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    figure Unparalleled Access via I-35

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    fact Costs 15% Lower than National Average

Training & Education

A student at Temple High School works with machinery

Pipeline of Talent

Many of the skilled specialists who serve Temple’s manufacturing sector derive from regional institutions like the Texas A&M University – Central Texas, Temple College and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. At the high school level, Temple ISD’s Career & Technical Education Center and Belton ISD’s Career & Technical Education offer hands-on learning and certification in manufacturing.

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Career & Technical Education Center in Temple, TX

Tailored Training

Temple College Business and Community Education provides customized training and education for businesses and industries at the college or on-site at companies.

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Draughon Miller Airport in Temple, TX

Technical Certificates

Texas State Technical College graduates earn technical certificates and associate degrees in areas such as aviation, construction, robotics and engineering.

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