Midlothian Business Assets Include Skilled Workforce, Location, Diverse Economy
PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord
Midlothian is a progressive, fast-growing city with a diverse economic base and a wealth of competitive offerings, including a skilled workforce and ease of transportation.
An effort to preserve and revitalize the city's downtown area is in the works, paving the way for building renovations, period lighting and consistent signage.
"As we continue to grow, we don't want to lose the uniqueness that makes Midlothian special," says Midlothian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Amanda Miller. "Our downtown area is beginning to display just how great the meshing of old and new can be."
From Here to Anywhere
One of the city's biggest assets is its location. Midlothian offers the best of small-town living, with easy access to a metropolitan lifestyle – but well removed from the congestion of the Metroplex. Getting to and from Midlothian is quick and convenient.
The nearest airport, Mid-Way Regional Airport, is an asset for regional businesses, who often use their airport for private corporate flights and recreational aviation. Located between Waxahachie and Midlothian, just 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas and 35 minutes southeast of downtown Fort Worth, this growing airport is expanding its 5,000-foot runway to 6,500 feet, and its runway, taxiway and ramp have recently been resurfaced. Commercial airports within an hour's drive include the regional Dallas Love Field and Dallas-Forth Worth International.
Rail service providers include Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and Union Pacific, and freight carriers include Central Texas Freight Lines, Roadway, Consolidated Tex-Pack, United Parcel Service and FedEx.
The city is also home to the Midlothian Conference Center, a state-of-the-art, 39,000-square-foot facility that hosts local and regional meetings and events.
A Strong Industrial Base
"Midlothian's industrial base has always fueled the business climate, and we are proud of our industrial roots," Miller says. "Because of our location and our ability to supply businesses with needed workforce and other support, this is the ideal place for distribution centers, manufacturers and other related industries."
A large industrial park, Railport, is located along U.S. Highway 67 on the southwestern side of the city. Railport is home to several distribution facilities including Target and Toys R Us – both among the city's major employers.
On the north side of the city is MidTexas International Center's Auto Park, a large automobile distribution and processing center.
Thanks to the Austin Chalk Escarpment, a unique geological formation that runs north-south through the city, Midlothian is a major site for cement quarrying and is home to three of the top 10 cement factories in the industry: Texas Industries (TXI Cement), Holcim and Ash Grove.
Gerdau Ameristeel, a large steel factory, is located next to Texas Industry's cement plant. Gerdau Ameristeel is one of the city's largest employer. Ennis Inc., a leading wholesale printing and apparel company that's traded on the New York Stock Exchange, has its corporate headquarters in Midlothian.
A Skilled Workforce
Navarro College, a two-year college, and Texas A&M-Commerce, a four-year university, both have a presence in Midlothian, which helps fuel an educated workforce for these industries and others.