February 22, 2021

Temple’s business assets, merged with its prime location, makes it easy to establish your company’s next office or corporate campus. With the experience of being home to a whopping six company headquarters, the region has the ability to support corporate, shared service, data center, call center operations, and more.

Over 470 business support services establishments are grounded in Temple, employing nearly 9,000 local workers in the industry, making Central Texas a hotbed for corporate operations. The region’s benefits, like higher value cost of doing business and a young, educated workforce, play a major role in the enormous growth in employment.

Noteworthy employers including TTEC, PDI and McLane Group chose to put down roots in Temple for a myriad of reasons. Our talented workforce, plus the city’s prime location at the crossroads of I-35 and the planned I-14, greatly benefit companies by providing convenience and a spectrum of skillsets. In addition, the expanding corporate cluster is projected to grow nearly 14% between 2017 and 2022, outpacing national growth by 4%.

Skilled Talent Pool

Companies in Temple draw from higher education institutions like University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and local STEM education programs, which equip our workforce with diverse expertise across a variety of fields. Plus, the available training and education is tailored to fit the needs of anyone entering the business support services industry. For example, the Workforce Solutions of Central Texas’ Business Resource Center provides high-quality counseling, training and assistance to potential and existing business owners. With workshops and access to professionals, the center helps to equip talent in all walks of life with the business skills they need to thrive.

For a more personalized experience, Temple College Business and Community Education provides customized training and education for businesses and industries at the college, or on-site at companies. In addition to administering organizational consulting to businesses, Temple College offers programs for adults to train for a new career path, remain current with new developments related to their present career or to explore possibilities for personal and professional growth. Courses range from health professions to Accounting to Sales & Marketing.

Such resources add tremendous growth to our workforce in a community of 450,000-plus skilled workers and educated professionals. Temple wouldn’t have success in business support services without this unmatched access to eight universities and colleges known nationally and internationally, along with the multitude of business-centric programs available to residents.

Business Assets

Easy market access is a huge advantage to companies seeking to expand—more markets mean more business. Looking for quick and convenient air access? Temple offers Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport, which connects to three commercial airports in under 60 minutes, adjacent to Temple’s Corporate Campus area. Plus, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio are all within close reach, ranging from a 30 minute to 2.5-hour commute. Temple also offers competitive real estate costs and plenty of space to flourish for companies pursuing a future in business in Central Texas.

A notable employer that benefits from these assets is McLane Company, one of the largest supply chain service providers in the country and headquartered right here in Temple. The company found great success after executing an $11 million expansion at both North and South campuses in 2013. This increased investment brought their total employment in Temple to 600+. With this abundance of new employers, McLane ended up leveraging Temple College and its five-week commercial driver’s license training to train its drivers.

Another prominent company met with business success in Temple is Fikes Wholesale, Inc in 2011. After completing a new, 19.5-acre headquarters campus, the company became a major tenant of the city’s prime industrial parks. Located at Temple’s Airport Park at Central Pointe, this campus includes a two-story, 42,000-square-foot building. “The City of Temple and Bell County have also embraced this project and have worked hand-in-hand with us to make our new home a reality,” said Raymond Smith, Chief Operating Officer.

Interested in learning more about Temple’s burgeoning business support services field? Get in touch or visit our Key Industry page to get more information on our ecosystem of corporate operations.