Wichita Falls' largest employer is the Sheppard Air Force Base. Boeing and Lear Seigler Services, Inc., provide services for the base. The Allred Unit, a medium and maximum security prison is also a major employer. Healthcare, educational services and agriculture are significant economic components in Wichita Falls. The city also has an aerospace and defense industry.
Major manufacturers with facilities in Wichita Falls include PPG, Inc., manufactures flat glass; Alcoa Howmet of Wichita Falls, manufacturer of turbine blades for jet engines; Magic Aire, produces coils and HVAC units; WashEX, produces industrial washers and dryers; and St. Gobain Vertrotex, one of the country's largest fiberglass manufacturers.
Cryovac, Tranter and Covercraft are notable manufacturing companies situated in the city. Also, Pratt & Whitney Component Repair remanufactures small to medium size turbofan engines.
Wichita Falls also has an AT&T customer service center and a Blue Cross/Blue Shield claims processing facility.
In Wichita Falls the leading fields of employment include healthcare, educational services, construction, government, and accommodation and food services. Management, professional and related occupations comprise about 28% of the workforce. Approximately 24% of the workers are employed in sales and office occupations. About 20% of the workforce is employed in service occupations.
Details about Wichita Falls, Texas: Cost of living index in 2008: 78.3 (U.S. average: 100). Adult population which has achieved a bachelor's degree or better: 21.5%. Average earnings in 2009: $33,000.
The city's major employers:
- Sheppard Air Force Base
- Wichita Falls ISD
- North Texas State Hospital
- United Regional Healthcare System
- City of Wichita Falls
- Midwestern State University
- James V Allred Unit
- Howmet Corp WF Casting Division
- Work Services Corp
- Burkburnett ISD
- Wichita County
- Lear Siegler Service Inc
- Cotru Inc
- PPG Industries Inc
- Kell West Regional Hospital LLC
- Harte-Hanks, Inc
- Care Partners Community Care
Wichita Falls businesses are invited to work with the following organizations:
- Wichita Falls Board of Commerce and Industry
- Texas Economic Development Council
- Texas Association of Manufacturers
- Small Business Administration - Texas
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