Fort Worth Builds Roster of Signature Manufacturers

From trucks to work clothes, boots to beer, communications equipment to airport jetways, Fort Worth has an active and diverse manufacturing sector aided by its central location, integrated transportation infrastructure and highly skilled workforce.

In addition to major aviation and aerospace companies, Fort Worth has attracted a core of diverse and high-profile manufacturers. Q-Edge, a company specializing in manufacturing and assembly for computers, cellphones and other consumer electronics, picked the Alliance Global Logistics Hub for a 365,000-square-foot operation that brought close to 500 jobs and an almost $700 million economic impact to the city.

Dickies, a worldwide leader in work apparel production, is based in Fort Worth, where its work apparel, footwear, school uniforms and medical scrubs are sold all over the world. Justin Brands, which has roots that go back to 1879 and moved to Fort Worth in 1925, makes and markets 3,500 styles of western, work, safety, and sports footwear.

General Motors Corp.'s assembly plant in nearby Arlington employs 2,400 workers who make large sports utility vehicles such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade. MillerCoors' Fort Worth brewery was the first to produce Miller Lite. The 700-employee operation produces some 9 million barrels of beer a year. Fort Worth is one of three manufacturing locations for ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems, which produces jetways and passenger boarding systems used at airports.

And the region remains an attractive locale for new manufacturing investment. Pratt Industries Inc., the sixth-largest paper and packing company in the United States, will build a 335,000-square-foot corrugated box manufacturing facility in Fort Worth. Pratt plans to create 140 full-time jobs by the end of 2013.

For detailed information on manufacturing and the economy of Fort Worth, TX, go to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commere website.

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