Harlingen’s Top Employers Are in Education, Health Care and Technology

Although agriculture is still very important to the Harlingen economy, Harlingen has veered further away from the agriculture-driven economy and has diversified their employment market, adding the health care and telecommunications industries.

Three of the top 10 employers in Harlingen are in the medical field. Health care and related services are destined to play a key role in the future of Harlingen with the Regional Academic Health Center, a branch of the University of Texas-San Antonio Health Science Center; the recent opening of the South Texas Veterans Administration Health Care Center at Harlingen and the physician-owned Harlingen Medical Center all being important elements.  Finally, the newly created University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley will include a Medical School – and Harlingen will play an important role in its location.

Telecommunications is also a growing industry in Harlingen. Tapping into Harlingen’s talented and bi-lingual workforce are United Healthcare, Dish Network, Qualfon, Time Warner Cable and Advanced Call Center Technologies, calling Harlingen, Texas home.

Texas State Technical College in Harlingen is known for its technology programs.

  • Major Employers Harlingen, Texas 2014
    Company
    Number Employees
    Product/Service
    Valley Baptist Medical Center 3,234 Health Care
    Harlingen CISD 1,684 School District
    Vicki Roy Home Health 975 Health Care
    Dish Network 840 Service Center
    Advanced Call Center Technologies 740 Service Center
    City of Harlingen 620 City Government
    HEB (3) Harlingen Locations 607 Retail Operations
    Bee First Primary Home Care 600 Health Care
    Cardone Industries 600 Automotive
    Texas State Technical College 572 Technical College
    Rio Grande State Center 570 Health Care
    Harlingen Medical Center 559 Health Care
    United HealthCare Services, Inc. 412 Service Center
    Time Warner Cable 381 Cable / Internet Provider
    Wal-Mart Superstore 371 Retail Operations
    Su Clinica Familiar 245 Health Care
    Bass Pro Shops 210 Retail Operations
    Cracker Barrel 200 Restaurant
    Sam’s Wholesale Club 180 Retail Operations
    United Launch Alliance 161 Aerospace
    Charlie Clark Nissan 150 Automotive Dealer
    Pentair Valves & Control 150 Industrial Valves
    National Nursing and Rehabilitation 149 Health Care
    Valley International Cold Storage 147 Warehouse-cold storage
    Retama Manor 143 Nursing Home
    Marine Military Academy 139 Academy
    Harlingen Nursing & Rehabilitation 135 Health Care
    ITD Precision 129 Manufacture
    Harlingen Family Dentistry 129 Health Care – Dentist
    L & F Distributors 126 Beer Distributor
    Golden Palms 117 Nursing Home
    Texas Thread Manufacturing Co. 110 Thread Manufacturing
    Boggus Ford 105 Automobile Dealer
    Luby’s Restaurant (2) 105 Restaurant
    Alamo Concrete 102 Concrete
    JC Penny 90 Retail
    Dillard’s Department Store 86 Retail Operations
    South Texas Emergency Care Foundation 83 Emergency Services
    American Electric Power 82 Electric Power
    UniFirst Linen 79 Linen/Uniform Services
    Burlington Coat Factory 75 Retail Operations
    GulfCoast Eye Institute 75 Eye Center
    Texas Gas Service 74 Natural Gas Distribution
    7-UP Bottling Company 72 Bottlers
    Valley Solvents & Chemical 72 Distributor Chemicals
    Aloe Laboratories, Inc. 71 Aloe Vera Distributors
    Valley Morning Star 65 Newspaper
    Labatt Food Services 60 Food Broker
    Longhorn Steakhouse 58 Restaurant
    Kohl’s 55 Retail
    Total 16,794

    Source: 09.04.14 Harlingen Economic Development Corporation

  • Private Sector Payroll Harlingen, Texas 2006
    TOTAL ($000)
    $830,431
    PER EMPLOYEE
    $23,072
    NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
    35,993

    Source: County Business Patterns 2006

  • Private Sector Establishment By Size Harlingen, Texas 2005
    INDUSTRY
    TOTAL
    1 – 4
    5 – 9
    10 – 19
    20 – 49
    50 – 99
    100 – 249
    250 – 499
    500 – 999
    1000+
    1,957
    Forestry-Fishing-Ag
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Utilities
    5
    1
    1
    2
    1
    Construction
    139
    74
    35
    20
    10
    Manufacturing
    58
    17
    12
    13
    6
    7
    3
    Wholesale
    94
    36
    30
    20
    7
    0
    1
    Retail
    340
    134
    106
    49
    34
    7
    8
    2
    Transportation / Warehouse
    66
    28
    8
    12
    12
    5
    1
    Information
    36
    19
    5
    2
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Finance and Insurance
    152
    82
    38
    17
    13
    2
    Real Estate
    119
    72
    23
    14
    10
    Professional Scientific, Tech Services
    159
    100
    37
    13
    7
    0
    2
    Management of Companies
    15
    4
    5
    3
    3
    Administrative Support
    83
    47
    13
    12
    3
    2
    3
    2
    1
    Educational
    15
    6
    3
    4
    1
    1
    Health Care
    332
    128
    67
    62
    41
    10
    12
    7
    4
    1
    Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
    19
    10
    3
    4
    0
    1
    1
    Accommodations and Food Service
    142
    37
    19
    28
    44
    12
    2
    Other Services
    171
    93
    43
    20
    13
    2
    Unclassified
    3
    3

    Source: County Business Patterns 2005