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Posted on: October 14, 2016

[ARCHIVED] MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED FOR CRITICAL ROLE IN TEXAS' DIVERSE ECONOMY

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Commissioners Court approved a proclamation designating October as Manufacturing Awareness Month and Friday, Oct. 7 as Manufacturing Day.

Mike Willis, executive director of the South Texas Manufacturers Association was on hand to talk about the importance of manufacturing to the Texas and U.S. economy.

"Our partners feel like there are some great opportunities because of our county's proximity to Mexico to recruit and grow manufacturing," said Willis.

Manufacturing jobs enable Texas families to realize the dreams of owning a home, sending a child to college and enjoying a secure retirement. For generations, manufacturing has played a critical role in Texas' diverse economy.

"Texas is home to approximately 17,653 manufacturing firms, 54 of which are located in Hidalgo County," Willis said.

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