Fort Worth is a national hub for manufacturing and innovation. With a strong focus on aerospace and high-tech manufacturing, the region is home to several major world headquarters and large manufacturing operations..
Manufacturers in Texas account for 14% of the total output in the state. Major manufacturing operations including Lockheed Martin, Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter, GE Manufacturing Solutions, Raytheon, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Northrop Grumman Systems, Texas Instruments, and General Motors Assembly Plant. The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area employs over 6,000 industrial engineers, over 6,000 mechanical engineers, and nearly 3,000 aerospace engineers.
The DFW area is among the nation’s top regions for aviation and aerospace activity, comprising more than 900 companies and accounting for one of every six jobs in North Texas. The area is home to 103 aerospace product and parts manufacturing companies.
DFW has the 7th largest concentration of high-tech jobs in the U.S., employing 208,293 people in 2016. There are 552 high-tech manufacturing companies and 637 biosciences and medical technology companies in the DFW area.
An explosion of new startups, coworking spaces, incubators and accelerators are building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in DFW. The region is home to 39 accelerators and incubators, 18 innovation centers, and 18 makerspaces.
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Census Bureau, Dallas Economic Development Guide