The Manufacturing Industry: Building Back Fast

Despite turbulence caused by labor and supply chain challenges, the manufacturing industry is experiencing a positive trajectory as it recovers from the pandemic.


Nestled along the banks of the Guadalupe River, Seguin, TX is a pro-business community located in one of the fastest–growing regions in the United States. Named in honor of Colonel Juan Seguin, a political and military figure of the Texas Revolution who helped to establish the independence of Texas, today Seguin is a regional manufacturing, retail, and healthcare hub, with a skilled workforce, a competitive tax structure and plenty of commercial real estate.

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Manufacturing is the heart of the Seguin economy. Numerous manufacturers and Fortune 500 manufacturing companies have established major operations within the city, including Vitesco Technologies, Commercial Metals Corp. (CMC), Tyson Foods, Caterpillar, The Interplast Group– Minigrip, Alamo Group, Georgia Pacific, and Hexcel. (Photo: Seguin Economic Development)

Located conveniently along Interstate 10, the City of Seguin is within proximity to both the San Antonio and Austin market. This strategic location offers a drive time of only 30 minutes to east of San Antonio, 60 minutes to south of Austin, three hours to the U.S.-Mexico Border, and only two-and-a-half hours to Houston.

Additionally, Seguin is located within 60 minutes of two international airports (San Antonio International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport) and two deep water ports (Port Corpus Christi and Port of Houston). Seguin’s location enables its manufacturers to tap into a diverse and skilled labor pool while also providing easy access to customers around the world.

Seguin’s economy is diverse, made up of industries that include advanced manufacturing, distribution, warehousing, healthcare, agriculture, and education. Manufacturing is the backbone of Seguin’s economy, accounting for one out of every three jobs within the region and representing one of the strongest manufacturing clusters in the state of Texas.

Over 50 different manufacturers, some of which are Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 500 companies do business in Seguin. Big name corporations such as Caterpillar, Vitesco Technologies, Tyson Foods, Georgia Pacific, Niagara Bottling and CMC Steel all have major manufacturing operations within the city of Seguin. In fact, the Seguin area has over 4,000 manufacturing jobs; this is more than three times the national average.

The City of Seguin and the surrounding area continue to see new jobs being created in the region. In just 2019, three separate economic development projects have been announced in the area; AW Texas, Teijin Automotive Technologies and United Alloy. Combined, these projects will help create over 1,200 new manufacturing jobs within the Seguin region. Seguin’s existing manufacturers continue to find value within the Seguin community. Tyson Foods recently announced in October 2021 that the company will invest $58 million to expand its Seguin operations, and Niagara Bottling expanded its operations in 2019 after starting production in the spring of 2016.

The City of Seguin and the State of Texas feature a competitive tax climate and powerful incentives to allow manufacturers to invest in the things that matter—growing their workforce, improving facilities, and boosting their bottom line.

Seguin invests in growing its skilled workforce with training programs and other solutions that enable companies to thrive. With nearly 17% population growth since 2010 and the ability to pull workers from the surrounding six counties, Seguin can support the workforce needs for growing businesses. The City of Seguin works closely with businesses to support workforce development, including assistance with programs, initiatives, funding, and recruitment.

Seguin has the infrastructure to support business, including water, wastewater, electric and gas. This provides manufacturers with ready access to get their goods in and out around the world.

Seguin provides its residents and visitors with many recreational and cultural activities, making it an attractive place to live and work.