LABOR MARKET SPOTLIGHT: INLAND PORT



Dallas leaders once entertained the notion that the city would serve as an inland port to the Gulf of Mexico, via the Trinity River. That never happened.

But Dallas has its port and a growing workforce, to boot. The Southern Dallas Inland Port – located in sections of Dallas, DeSoto, Ferris, Hutchins, Lancaster, and Wilmer – offers unsurpassed connections to rail and trucking lines, an airport, and serves as a base for distribution centers, manufacturing and foreign trade.

Roughly 26,000 workers are employed in and around the port, where nearly half of them are engaged in warehousing, processing and shipping goods and materials throughout Texas and the world.

The list of companies in the port area reads like a who’s who of commerce: Home Depot, Quaker, Whirlpool, Wal-Mart, BMW, and many more.

The inland port’s appeal mostly lies in its central U.S. location, and in its access to Interstates 20, 35 and 45. Combined, these thoroughfares guarantee that about 93 percent of goods shipped from the port can arrive anywhere in the continental U.S. within two days. Lancaster Regional Airport is located in the port, which is also near Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Fort Worth Alliance Airport, and Dallas Love Field. The 360-acre Union Pacific Intermodal Terminal offers advanced software that tracks motor carrier wait times.

Roughly one in 10 workers in the port area is employed in the educational services sector, reflecting the growing presence of UNT-Dallas, Paul Quinn College, and DCCCD Cedar Valley campus. UNT Dallas employs about 165 faculty members, while Cedar Valley College employs 645 people.

The Southern Dallas Inland Port is growing to become not just a logistics hub, but a major center of retail, education and manufacturing.

SAMPLE OF MAJOR EMPLOYERS IN DALLAS’ INLAND PORT

1 - Paul Quinn College

2 - Amazon.com Distribution Center

3 - Brass-Craft Manufacturing Co

4 - University of North Texas at Dallas

5 - Methodist Charlton Medical Center

6 - Medline Distribution Center

7 - Marten Transport Ltd

8 - Home Depot

9 - Adesa

10 - FedEx Ground Distribution Center

11 - Walmart Supercenter

12 - O’Reilly Auto Parts Distribution Center

13 - BLW Place and Finish

14 - Trinity River Audubon Center

15 - Trinity Forest Golf Club

16 - Allied Waste Services

17 - Georgia Pacific Distribution Center

18 - Consolidated Casting

19 - American Standard Distribution Center

20 - Medline Distribution Center

21 - Ace Hardware Distribution Center

22 - Sprouts Distribution Center

23 - Unilever Distribution Center

24 - Procter & Gamble Distribution Center

25 - Whirlpool Distribution Center

26 - Oncor System Operating Services

27 - Mobis  Parts- Hyundai Distribution

28 - Walmart Distribution Center

29 - Kohls Distribution Center

30 - Diab Group

31 - Cintas Distribution Center

32 - Swift Transportation

33 - Dart Transit Company

34 - Solar Turbines

35 - Bentwood Kitchens Inc

36 - AT&T Distribution Center

37 - Cedar Valley College

38 - Shippers Warehouse Distribution Center

39 - L’Oreal Distribution Center

40 - Premier Truck Group

41 - Niagara Bottling

42 - Schneider

43 - Mars Petcare Distribution Center

44 - Quaker Oats Distribution Center

45 - Walmart Supercenter

46 - VA North Texas Health Care System

47 - Southwest Center Mall 

48 - Union Pacific Dallas Intermodal Terminal

49 - Shippers Warehouse Distribution Center

50 - Genco

51 - Southwest Molding

52 - Nfi Industries

53 - Nfi

54 - Pratt Industries

55 - Biagi Bros Distribution Center

56 - Discount Tire Distribution Center