1. Aerospace and Defense Plants
Because of the large manufacturing base in Wichita Falls and because of the number employed in the aerospace industry, Wichita Falls is uniquely qualified for more aerospace and defense plants.
2. Turbine Component Manufacturing
Also because of our diverse manufacturing base and high quality aerospace employees, wind turbine component manufacturing from composite blades to nacelles and electrical components would find Wichita Falls ideally suited for this kind of manufacturing.
3. Food Processing Plants
The City of Wichita Falls has just invested $35 million in a reverse osmosis plant that will provide 50 million gallons per day of excess capacity. With water in short supply in most Texas and Oklahoma communities, food processing plants that require large volumes of process water at low rates would find Wichita Falls a good place to call home.
4. In-bound Call Centers
Wichita Falls has three customer service/call centers here (see below) and we believe our community has the right mix of employees for one more.
Wichita Falls has a very diverse business community but can generally be segmented into three industry clusters which contain the critical mass of employees necessary for industry targeting.
Government – Sheppard Air Force Base is the largest employer in Wichita Falls with approximately 14,000 permanent party, students and civilian contractors. Lear Seigler Services, Inc. and Boeing both service the base. The Allred Unit is the 3rd largest medium and maximum security prison in Texas with approximately 1,100 employees, and the North Texas State Hospital is the largest mental health facility in the State with approximately 1,100 employees.
Manufacturing – PPG, Inc, one of the largest flat glass plants in the US calls Wichita Falls home, along with Alcoa Howmet of Wichita Falls, a manufacturer of turbine blades for jet engines. Pratt & Whitney Component Repair remanufactures small to medium size turbofan engines, and St. Gobain Vetrotex is one of the largest fiberglass manufacturers in the country. Magic Aire manufactures coils and stand-alone HVAC units. Cryovac has two operations in the region – one producing food-grade film and the other manufacturing labels. Tranter, Inc. produces heat exchangers, and Covercraft manufactures coverings for vehicles. These are just some of our larger manufacturing employers.
White-Collar, Service Sector – AT&T (formerly Cingular) has a 1,000 seat customer service center here. Cendent has an Avis Car Rental and a Budget Truck Rental reservation center here, and BlueCross/BlueShield has a medical clams processing facility here.