Industry Advantages in Gainesville, Texas

Cooke County has multiple benefits that leverage industries for economic success:

  • Location Advantages: First stop in Texas from Oklahoma with convenient proximity to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
  • Transportation Advantages: Easy access to I-35 and BNSF Railway and switching yard.
  • Robust Incentives: The GEDC has a toolbox of customizable incentives.
  • Skilled Labor Pool: Nearly 4 million people in a 60-mile radius.
  • Workforce Training: Partnerships with the Manufacturing Consortium, North Central Texas College, and Gainesville ISD to create Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and Dual Credit programs.

The industries below are primed for additional growth.


In Texas, 86 percent of the land is in some form of agricultural production, and Cooke County is part of that heritage. In addition to farming and ranching, Gainesville also supports food and pet food manufacturing and production. Red River Pet Food has a $1.8 million facility in Gateway Industrial Park.

Corporate Headquarters for Professional and Technical Services

Gainesville is an ideal location for corporate offices because of the dedicated assistance provided by the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation, and there is no state corporate or personal income tax. First State Bank is headquartered here, and Safran Seats USA has its U.S. headquarters here as well. For smaller companies, Gainesville is a prime spot for their operations centers as they look to expand throughout the region.

Advanced Manufacturing

Cooke County is an ideal place for manufacturers because of the easy access to I-35, convenient proximity to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and the BNSF Railway. More than a dozen manufacturing companies already call Gainesville home producing goods such as: 

  • Circuit breakers 
  • Oil and gas equipment 
  • Aircraft seats 
  • TPO and ISO roofing 
  • Much more 

See the list of industry-leading companies here.

In Cooke County, 22 percent of the workforce is in manufacturing. To support both employers and employees, a Manufacturing Consortium was formed in Cooke County in May of 2017 with a commitment to: 

  • Positively impact the community’s perception of manufacturing. 
  • Inspire students to pursue manufacturing careers. 
  • Strengthen the future growth of manufacturing by avoiding a talent shortage

Plastics Manufacturing

As a subset of the industry, plastics manufacturing is thriving in Gainesville because of access to raw materials and logistics advantages. Six plastics manufacturing companies call Gainesville home producing goods such as:

  • Injection-molded products
  • Ducts
  • Products for the horse, farm, ranch, and veterinary industries
  • Much more 

See the list of industry-leading companies here.


Gainesville’s location, transmodal transportation assets, and ample space for industrial development make it a natural fit for the logistics and warehousing industries. Gainesville is situated on Interstate 35 — a NAFTA Corridor —  and US Highway 82, just 60 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Gateway Industrial Park is a BNSF Certified Site with last-mile service including a transload facility.

Gateway Industrial Park at a Glance:

  • 126-acres bound by the mainline of BNSF Railway on the eastern border and by FM 1202 on the northern border
  • Just off Interstate 35 within Gainesville’s northwest city limits
  • On the NAFTA Corridor 
  • Municipal water and wastewater systems 
  • Power provided by PenTex Energy at 12.5 kV
  • BNSF Certified Site
  • New Market Tax Credit Program eligible 
  • Incentives are available through the GEDC such as Job Creation Grants, Training Grants, Sales Tax Rebates, Tax Incentives, and Triple Freeport Tax Exemption