FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/20/2013
STATE REPRESENTATIVE ED THOMPSON JOINS HOUSE MANUFACTURING CAUCUS
Austin-- State Representative Ed Thompson joined the House Manufacturing Caucus, a legislative caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, set to focus on the issues facing manufacturers in the state.
"Research shows that manufactured goods account for 93 percent of all Texas exports and Texas has been the number one exporting state in the U.S. for seven consecutive years. We want to make sure Texas flourishes and continues to produce quality products made in our state," Representative Thompson said.
The House Manufacturing Caucus will provide educational opportunities and information on policy issues important to the manufacturing sector. They will work with other caucuses to identify, research, and build coalitions to help resolve social and infrastructure issues to ensure that Texas remains competitive and attracts new business to the state.
Texas manufacturers contributed $192 billion to the Texas economy in 2011 and one-third of all corporate taxes collected by state and local governments. “If the Legislature is successful in maintaining the competitive edge that makes Texas a great place to do business and the state will continue to prosper,” stated Tony Bennett, President of the Texas Association of Manufacturers.
"We want to see our state economy grow, and the manufacturing industry is an important factor for that growth," Representative Thompson said.