Business & Economy
The High Plains Dairy Council has been extremely successful in attracting dairies to the area. HPDC, with help from Dalhart, Dumas, Amarillo and the State of Texas, successfully recruited the Hilmar Cheese plant. Hilmar Cheese, an outstanding manufacturing facility on the West Coast, selected Dalhart as the home of their second plant. The groundbreaking took place in the spring of 2006 and the plant began producing cheese in October 2007.
Large employers include the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Union Pacific and Santa Fe railroads, Dalhart Independent School District, and Dallam/Hartley Counties Hospital District. Other industries with a growing employee base include confined animal feeding operations, financial services, technology services, dairies, farming, ranching and more.
Although agriculture is a major part of the area’s healthy economy, retailers and other businesses find opportunities for success in the community as well. The workforce is diverse and includes skilled labor, public safety officers and other professionals.
Dalhart is home to a number of locally owned retail businesses, restaurants and quaint antique stores. If you are looking for new trends or old-world antiques, Dalhart has it all and more! More businesses are opening and local businesses continue to grow.