Texas Forest Country Area

12-County Area Attracts Big Name Companies

The likes of Georgia Pacific and Lockheed Martin thrive in this Deep East Texas area.

Texas Forest Country is an economically diverse 12-county region in Deep East Texas that’s home to 13,000 establishments and has a labor force of 159,578. Served by two airports, two Class I rail carriers (Union Pacific and BNSF) and robust highway infrastructure, people and goods are able to move quickly to and from Texas Forest Country. The area’s community college and public university educate nearly 20,000 students in preparation for in-demand occupations.

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Two STEM students smile while talking to their teacher and working with equipment at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Aerial view of cars driving on a major interstate in Texas Forest Country.
  • Business Climate
  • Talent
  • Infrastructure
Business Climate
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Diverse Economic Base In East Texas

Regional leaders and national brands alike find success in Texas Forest Country’s diverse economic base.

Major business clusters in Texas Forest Country include business services, food products, manufacturing and wood products. Major employers in Texas Forest Country include Aramark, Atkinson Candy, Cal-Tex, Etech Global Services, Georgia Pacific, Nucor-Vulcraft, Tyson Foods, Lockheed Martin, Parker Hannifin and Pilgrim’s Pride.

Talent
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Preparing Talent for In-Demand Jobs

Public higher education institutions fill Texas Forest Country talent pipeline.

Angelina College is a community college enrolling more than 5,000 students in automotive technology, welding, business, computer science, engineering and surgical technology programs.

Stephen F. Austin State University is a public university enrolling nearly 13,000 students across 120 majors and areas of study, including biotechnology, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, international business and more.

Infrastructure
Aerial view of cars driving on a major interstate in Texas Forest Country.

Connected By Air, Rail And Road

Multimodal infrastructure moves people and goods within, to and from Texas Forest Country.

Angelina County Airport, located seven miles from Lufkin, has two runways. A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport provides services such as aircraft fueling and maintenance for the local and transient flying public. In addition, Texas Forest Country is 100 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and 187 miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), and within two hours of the Port of Houston and Port Arthur.

Class I rail service is well established and readily available in Texas Forest Country.

US-59 (the future I-69 Interstate Highway) is a dual lane, divided highway running north-south and, when complete, will be a continuous corridor from Mexico to Canada.

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