Celebrating Manufacturing Day in Denton, Texas

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5 Oct 2023


Denton is home to impressive manufacturers that produce first-rate goods using advanced technologies and raw materials. The Denton Economic Development Corporation is celebrating these manufacturers this Friday, October 6 for Manufacturing Day and throughout the month. Their contributions to the community — such as the innumerable innovations and jobs they create — continue to strengthen our local economy.

Modern Manufacturing

Manufacturing Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions nationwide to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. Manufacturing careers are full of opportunities for exciting endeavors, personal advancement and stability.

“There’s no such thing as a low-skilled job in manufacturing anymore,” NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray said in a 2023 Industry Outlook article for Manufacturing Dive.

Today’s typical manufacturing roles incorporate the latest technology such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing and robotics into existing processes, quality control and problem-solving techniques. Additionally, sustainability is quickly becoming a focused aspect of manufacturing as companies seek to find ways to produce customary items in manners that coexist positively with their natural environment. 

Denton has Numerous Benefits for Manufacturing Companies.

Denton offers several advantages to national and global manufacturing companies. Among them are infrastructure assets such as 100 percent renewable energy, plus access to a 3.7M person workforce.

Robust transportation access in Denton offers businesses the ability to receive raw materials and ship finished products quickly and efficiently to and from major markets throughout the country. Not only does the city have direct access to the Denton Enterprise Airport, but it is also only 30 minutes away from the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and the Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL). Its location at the intersection of I-35 E and I-35 W makes Denton the most accessible city in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Denton also has access to 99 percent of the U.S. population within a 3-day drive.

Sites and buildings are available for manufacturing companies looking to expand. Here, businesses have the room they need to grow, and local economic developers are available to make it easy to find the perfect location.

Denton’s workforce is plentiful, drawing on a large labor force. Additionally, workers possess skills applicable to the manufacturing industry, while employers can utilize the following training programs to build those skills specific to their operation.

  • $1,800 per employee for technical training with the Skills Development Fund
  • Access to tailored workforce development support by collaborating with Denton ISD and the Denton Workforce Center
  • The Texas Workforce Commission provides employers the opportunity to develop new and expand existing registered apprenticeship programs with the help of funding through the Critical Skills Initiative.

Leaders in Denton, Texas

Many manufacturers have realized success due to the favorable economic environment in Denton. These manufacturers are leaders in combining the latest technology and good workplace practices to produce high-quality products and consistently innovate to progress their industries. The Denton Economic Development Partnership is proud that these companies — such as Safran Electrical & Power, Peterbilt Motors, and Elite Material & Logistics Solutions, to name a few — have made their home here in Denton.

Texas is a State for Manufacturing Growth 

Manufacturing’s importance in Denton and throughout the state comes from its stability and growth, ultimately creating jobs and economic opportunities for local communities. Manufacturing contributes over $226.95 billion to the Gross State Product annually, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

In 2021, manufacturers helped spur economic growth in Texas with $254.50 billion in exported manufacturing goods. 6.86 percent of workers in the state are employed in the Texas manufacturing industry, with an average annual compensation of $93,726.93. 

Showcase your Manufacturing Operation in Denton

We encourage manufacturers in the area to open their doors this Manufacturing Month to students and job seekers who could potentially make up the future Denton workforce. A tour of your company can serve as a learning opportunity to help community members understand the ins and outs of working there and develop a sense of what it is like to work in the manufacturing industry in general. Also, extending the invite to teachers, parents, and community leaders can offer them insight into modern manufacturing so that they can best assist others in career development. Check out the Manufacturing Institute’s toolkit for tips and tricks on planning your event.

The Denton Economic Development Corporation appreciates manufacturers throughout the region and the positive impact they have on the local economy. Our team is always happy to help provide information about manufacturing opportunities in Denton. Call us today at (940) 382-9693 or email us at info@dentonedp.com for assistance.