October is Manufacturing Month, and Meet Temple and the Temple Chamber of Commerce partnered to celebrate the local manufacturing industry. The celebration began with a Job Fair on National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) and continues as we spotlight our partnering manufacturers throughout the month.
Partnering manufacturers for the 2021 MFG Day initiative include MooreCo, Inc., Palladio Industries, Inc., Reynolds Consumer Products, Sunbelt Transformer, Temple Machine Shop, and Wilsonart.
Temple is home to 130 manufacturing establishments that support nearly 6,600 jobs locally. One of those establishments, Wilsonart, is the world's leading producer of engineered surfaces.
Over 65 years ago, Ralph Wilson, Sr., a retired laminate industry executive, founded Wilsonart in Temple, Texas as a producer of High-Pressure Decorative Laminate to “fill his free time.” By the end of the 1970s, Wilsonart® Laminate had become one of the nation’s leading providers of decorative laminate.
Today, Wilsonart is a healthy, global organization with business in more than 90 countries and a product portfolio that boasts a full range of stunningly beautiful, functional and transformative engineered surface options now including Quartz, Coordinated Surfaces, Solid Surface, Adhesives, and more.
Wilsonart continues to display its commitment to Temple through community service, its recent construction of a brand new corporate facility in town, new state-of-of the art Customer Center, increased manufacturing capacity, technological product and web visualization advancements and its preservation of historic landmark and symbol of corporate pride, the Ralph Wilson, Sr. and Sunny Wilson House. Ralph Sr.’s home not only had a profound influence on future uses of laminate, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a significant architectural structure, and stands as one of the best residential examples of mid-century modern style in the state of Texas.
Wilsonart combines a commitment to its customers and its people, and a focus on innovation to make more than just surfaces; they create the places where memories are made. Learn more about Wilsonart Laminate, Quartz, Coordinated Surfaces, Solid Surface, and where to find them at www.wilsonart.com.
The 2021 Baylor Scott & White Health Community Showcase was Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Mayborn Convention Center from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
Temple Chamber of Commerce members promoted their businesses and services to 200 new Baylor Scott & White Health Residents, Nurses, Fellows, and Senior Staff.
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Thank you to our sponsors & vendors for participating!
The Santa Fe Plaza and Market Trail were recognized as a Great Place in Texas by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association.
The Great Places in Texas program recognizes unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces – three essential components of all communities – and celebrates how planning has played a vital role where we live, work, and play. The program promotes and recognizes great places while celebrating stories of exemplary planning that have resulted in stronger and healthier communities.
The recently completed Santa Fe Plaza and Market Trail were the product of innovative City and Community leaders identifying a vision for the Downtown Temple Strategic Plan in 2013. As a result of the planning and collaboration, the new multi-functional plaza and trail are at the center of downtown Temple’s continuing transformation.
The Santa Fe Plaza and Market Trail were designated as a Great Public Space. Great Public Spaces help promote social interaction and create a sense of community.
The Santa Fe Plaza is a public space with functional design elements that also pays tribute to the most significant symbol of Temple’s railroad heritage, the Santa Fe Depot. The Santa Fe Depot is the backdrop to the Plaza which is flanked by the Santa Fe Business Center and the Temple ISD Administrative building.
The Plaza’s design allows for booth space for events, and the food truck park alongside the Plaza provides space for entrepreneurs to promote their businesses. The design also recognizes the value of nature with a water feature and green space.
The Santa Fe Market Trail is a pedestrian path that connects Whistle Stop Park to the east via improvements under the 3rd Street Bridge to the new MLK Festival Fields. The MLK Festival fields are located between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and South Fourth Street and are the home of festivals and events to enhance the quality of life in Temple.
Learn more about the Great Places in Texas at texas.planning.org/community-outreach/great-places-texas/explore-great-places-texas.