In Midlothian, Texas, it is all about “Location, Location, Location.” Midlothian and North Ellis County are now on the radar screen of many large commercial and industrial site locators and are rapidly becoming a sub market of choice within the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Many companies have discovered that Midlothian’s location provides excellent access to markets, which provides a favorable impact on their bottom line. Midlothian is not only strategically located for local, regional and NAFTA trade, but it also provides the means necessary to get there with interstate ground transportation, dual service rail and convenient international flight.
Ground transportation corridors are essential to the success of any manufacturing or distribution operation. Midlothian is located at the crossroads of U.S. Highways 67 and 287 south of the DFW Metroplex. The city’s location provides that all-important ground transportation network of interstate, U.S. highways and State highways that is essential for operational success.
U.S. Highway 287 travels northwest to Fort Worth and Arlington and southeast to I-45 to Houston. U.S. Hwy 287 also connects to State Hwy 360, which gives Midlothian businesses and residents excellent access to DFW International Airport. U.S. Hwy 67 connects Midlothian to Dallas, which intersects with Interstates 20 and 30 for an east/west bypass of the DFW Metroplex. Midlothian is also within 10 miles of Interstate 35E via U.S. Hwy 287 and is within 20 miles of Interstate 35W via U.S. Hwy 67. These provide easy access to Mexico and Canada via the NAFTA Corridor.
Additional transportation options will be available in Midlothian with the construction of the new Loop 9. Once approved, the proposed facility would be constructed and opened to traffic in the 2012-2015 time frame. Loop 9 is being studied as a potential connector to the Trans-Texas Corridor and is also being considered by the North Central Texas Council of Governments as a section of the region’s (DFW Metroplex) Outer Loop. According to current plans, this new highway will pass through the northern portion of Midlothian and Ellis County, giving the city’s businesses and residents additional options when traveling throughout the Metroplex.
For longer haul situations, rail can be the preferred cost-effective transportation system for access to raw materials and inventory and delivery of finished goods to market. Midlothian is also located at the crossroads of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and the Union Pacific (UP) rail systems, the two largest railroads in the nation. The Auto Park and RailPort both have “true” dual rail service where the shipper can stand at his dock and negotiate for rail services and price with either rail provider.
Opened in 1992 and jointly operated by Midlothian and Waxahachie, Mid-Way Regional Airport is a 243-acre general aviation airport that is evolving into an attractive corporate aviation facility. It is a full-service FBO offering maintenance, repair, rental, sales, servicing, flight planning, computerized weather, UNICOM, RCO and AWOS. It has been designed for expansion in order to meet future aeronautical business and traffic needs. With the assistance of a federal grant and matching funds from the cities of Midlothian and Waxahachie, Mid-Way is proceeding with the expansion of the runway to 6,500 feet. The existing 5,000-foot runway, taxiway and ramp have recently been resurfaced. With this commitment, the airport has grown from 19-based aircraft in 1998 to 102-based aircraft today.
Now that U.S. Highway 287 connects with State Highway 360, it is even easier to drive to DFW International Airport. With 133 domestic and 35 international nonstop flights per day, DFW is one of the busiest airports in the nation. Midlothian is only 35 minutes away from the gateway to the world.