House Representative

Muņoz, Jr., Sergio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/22/2012

KEY COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT FOR REPRESENTATIVE MUÑOZ

AUSTIN TX – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has named State Representative Sergio Muñoz, Jr. to the Interim Committee on Manufacturing. Speaker Straus created the Interim Committee today, with the charge to recommend ways that the Legislature can strengthen the manufacturing sector in Texas.

"This appointment will allow me to include deep South Texas in the state’s major plans to expand manufacturing in Texas," said Representative Muñoz. “The Rio Grande Valley has an established manufacturing sector, three international ports of entry within District 36 with the capacity to handle billions of dollars worth of raw materials, and a ready workforce which is being trained by second to none educational institutions such as South Texas College. Combine these assets with the know-how of the Economic Development Corporations in the area, our Chambers of Commerce, and a culture of innovation and hard work, and we will be at the forefront of increased manufacturing capacity and job creation. This committee will help develop a plan to put Texans to work and should emphasize the facilitation of partnerships between the business community and educational institutions,” added Muñoz.

Last year, Speaker Straus directed every House committee to make recommendations for significantly improving the state's manufacturing capability. The Interim Committee on Manufacturing will compile and summarize those findings and make its own recommendations about how to encourage manufacturing in the state.

"Our strong workforce, friendly business climate and natural resources give Texas the opportunity to lead the nation in manufacturing," Speaker Straus said. "Manufacturing jobs are among the best our state has to offer, and this Committee will give the House important guidance on how to spur growth and encourage manufacturers to put more Texans to work."

Manufacturing is a $192 billion industry in Texas, accounting for 15 percent of the Gross State Product. More than 800,000 Texans work in manufacturing, and on average they earn significantly more than workers in other sectors.


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