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 2016
    Number Employees
    Harlingen CISD 3,321 School District
    Valley Baptist Medical Center 3,234 Health Care
    Vicki Roy Home Health 975 Health Care
    Dish Network 883 Service Center
    Advanced Call Center Technologies 616 Service Center
    HEB (3) Harlingen Locations 607 Retail Operations
    City of Harlingen 605 City Government
    Bee First Primary Home Care 600 Health Care
    Texas State Technical College 590 Technical College
    Rio Grande State Center 570 Health Care
    Harlingen Medical Center 559 Health Care
    VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System 559 Health Care
    United HealthCare Services, Inc. 455 Service Center
    Time Warner Cable 445 Cable / Internet Provider
    Wal-Mart Superstore 371 Retail Operations
    Qualfon 250 Back office call center
    Su Clinica Familiar 245 Health Care
    Cardone Industries 232 Automotive
    Bass Pro Shops 210 Retail Operations
    Bert Ogden Dealerships 210 Auto Dealerships
    Cracker Barrel 200 Restaurant
    VTX 193 Communications
    Sam’s Wholesale Club 180 Retail Operations
    United Launch Alliance 151 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
    Harlingen Family Dentistry 129 Health Care – Dentist
    L & F Distributors 126 Beer Distributor
    ITD Precision 122 Manufacture
    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 99 Concrete Supplier
    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
    Aloe Laboratories, Inc. 67 Aloe Vera Distributors
    Valley Morning Star 65 Newspaper
    Valley Solvents & Chemical 65 Distributor Chemicals
    Labatt Food Services 60 Food Broker
    Longhorn Steakhouse 58 Restaurant
    Kohl’s 55 Retail
    Valley International Airport 51 Airport
    Total 18,474

    Source: 05.31.16 Harlingen Economic Development Corporation