- Abilene is the largest city in West Central Texas. It is only a 2-hour drive to the DFW area. Their employment numbers are sharply increasing, and the city has an aggressive strategy for recruiting large-scale manufacturing facilities. Visit with Abilene manufacturer Tige Boats, who will be exhibiting one of their newest boats on the sidelines. Other manufacturers include Primal Pet Group, Clavel, Chike Nutrition and Vista Flags. In addition, Lancium – a bitcoin mining company with operations in Abilene will be showcasing a bitcoin machine. DevelopAbilene, the sponsor of the Lounge, will be bringing groups of students from Wylie High School and Abilene ISD to learn about career opportunities across the state.