The workforce of the U.S. 67/Interstate 35 corridor is heavily geared toward steel fabrication, cement production, and logistics.

Manufacturing companies comprise the largest single source of jobs, at more than 16 percent of the corridor’s jobs. The second-largest jobs providers are in the educational services sector.

One of the top employers in the corridor is the Gerdau Ameristeel steel fabrication facility in Midlothian, followed by a major Target distribution center.  Other leading employers include Martin Marietta Materials and the LafargeHolcim construction materials manufacturing plant. Also in the corridor is the town of Alvarado, which is home to more than two dozen business and community organizations, including major employer Halliburton, Alvarado ISD, and Sabre Industries Inc.

Major distribution centers also include Toys “R” Us, QuickTrip Corp., and the Mid-Texas International Center, a full-service auto distribution center.

Roughly a third of all workers employed in the corridor travel less than 10 miles to their jobs; most commuters travel southbound to work. More than half of the corridor’s workers are between 30 and 54 years of age.

Transportation has always been key to the region’s workforce.

The earliest mass transit appeared in 1875 when the Chicago, Texas, and Mexican Central railroad urged settlers from surrounding areas to pressure their elected officials to grant a right-of-way for the rail line. That line ran from Dallas, through Ellis County, to Cleburne. Stops included Midlothian and Alvarado.

“The Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway, one of the strongest companies in the South, will … open up a country to Dallas which the latter cannot now reach, and will assist in handling a vast increase in merchandise, cotton, grain, etc., not now controlled by this city,” The Dallas Morning News wrote in 1885.

1. Gerdau
2. Halliburton
3. Target Distribution Center
5. Martin Marietta Materials
6. Lafarge Holcim
7. Toys"R"Us
8. Ash Grove Cement Co.
9. Superior Well Services
10. Johnson County Pipe Co.
11. Rich Mix Products
12. American Flat Glass
13. Ennis Inc.
14. QuikTrip Corp.
15. Dynegy
16. Chemtrade
17. MidTexas International Center
18. Niagara LaSalle Corp.
19. Qualico Steel Company Inc.
20. Western Power Sport
21. Buckley Oil Co.