TEXARKANA — A winning combination of logistics, transportation, and workforce amenities has put Texarkana’s TexAmericas Center on the map. Innovation, leadership, and solution-driven service is keeping it there.
Since 1998, TexAmericas Center has dedicated itself to helping businesses succeed. TexAmericas Center is a State of Texas-sanctioned Local Redevelopment Authority, managing the redevelopment of former military property as part of its effort to revitalize that land while boosting employment and economic opportunities for the residents of the region.
Manufacturing jobs in Texarkana represent 18.6% of the workforce and sectors with the highest net job growth have overlapped with many of Texarkana’s key industries, including plastics and rubber products.
There are clear reasons why companies find TexAmericas Center appealing. Nearly 25 percent of the area’s workforce is made up of commuters who travel from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. That allows Texarkana employers to draw from a labor shed of more than 1.1 million residents, many of whom have been trained at any one of 23 universities, colleges, or vocational schools within a 75-mile radius of the industrial park.
Plastics and rubber manufacturing companies in the Texarkana region employ almost four times as many people than the national average. Companies in the region include Cooper Tire & Rubber, Red River Army Depot Vulcanization Plant, Sterno Products, and others.
Additionally, TexAmericas Center knows exactly what businesses need to succeed. The organization has invested more than $40 million in its property, giving them top-of-the-line features.
Plastics and rubber companies considering the Texarkana area will enjoy enhanced fiberoptic lines, a new airport terminal and pending flight expansions, expanded training options at area higher learning institutions, and plans for an onsite $400 million water treatment plant.
TexAmericas Center also offers logistics benefits because of its central location. Tenants appreciate an impressive transportation corridor that uses multiple interstates, rail lines, air freight, and state highways.
Texarkana’s growing transportation corridor includes an interstate loop made up of I-30, I-49, and I-369 that provides improved access to Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Beyond the region, that highway system links Gulf of Mexico ports to markets in the Midwest, both the Eastern and Western seaboards, south into Mexico, and north into Canada.
TexAmericas Center provides abundant rail, with seven rail lines connecting at Texarkana and 36 miles of owned rail serving shovel ready property. Build-to-Suit options are available.
Companies at TexAmericas Center have the option of offloading logistical troubles so they can better focus on company growth and success. Whether it’s a small company that enjoys the benefit of an industry expert or a large operation boosting efficiency to maximize profitability, TexAmericas Centers third-party and rail logistics services are intended to grow and shrink with business demands.
Such innovative solutions are part of the reason why 48 growing companies have chosen TexAmericas Center – and we invite you to explore the ways we can help you succeed too.
This article was featured in the August issue of Business Facilities Magazine.
For more information, please contact Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Development Officer Eric Voyles at 903-223-9841 or Eric.Voyles@TexAmericasCenter.com.