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Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing includes operations that incorporate new technologies, production processes and systems to improve the manufacturing process. Further, it refers to those industries that are technology-intensive and employ a larger than average number of workers in research and development. Waco’s advanced manufacturing target includes aerospace and defense and companies that manufacture materials, transportation equipment, machinery, energy storage and electrical equipment and other components.

The Waco MSA manufacturing employment base represents approximately 14 percent of the workforce (16,600).

Manufacturing skill sets reflect Waco’s diverse and advanced industrial base including transportation equipment, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, electronic assembly, industrial equipment, building materials, plastic and steel manufacturers.

Area colleges supply a broad spectrum of workforce training. Baylor University’s top-rated business, entrepreneurship and engineering programs offer talent and research capacity. Texas State Technical College, headquartered in Waco, boasts Texas’ No. 1 precision production, manufacturing and engineering associate/certificate programs and is among the top 10 in the nation in awarding two-year technical engineering and computer science degrees.

That has helped to attract industry leaders to Greater Waco like Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Allergan, Coca-Cola North America, Versalift, Sanderson Farms, Inc., and a host of smaller leading-edge manufacturers and suppliers.

Advanced Manufacturing Establishments

Company Services Employees
Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Processing) Food Processing 1,215
Allergan Pharmaceutical Manufacturing 710
Cargill Value-Added Meats Food Processing 707
Pilgrim’s Pride Food Processing 605
Mars Wrigley Confectionery Food Processing 600
Time Manufacturing Company Aerial Lifts 426
Arconic Fastening Systems Manufacturing 402
Owens-Illinois Manufacturing 375
Coca-Cola Company Beverage Manufacturing 341
Packaging Corporation of America Manufacturing 300