Through the efforts of The University of Texas-Pan American and Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, a manufacturing assistance center will be developed in Hidalgo County.
The new center was made possible through a $316,729 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the U.S. Department of Commerce. A total of $6 million will be issued during the next five years to UTPA.
"It's going to have a big impact on our local economy and expand our existing manufacturing base in South Texas," said Bret Mann, director of the UTPA Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.
"It's going to bring more resources from the University to work with small- and medium-size manufacturers. At the same time, it will also benefit UTPA by having these entities work with the University and become more familiar with its resources."
UTPA will provide matching funds for the effort. The initial funding is expected to provide nine months of operation.
"This grant will help establish a new market in South Texas, a technology-based market," Hinojosa said. "The creation of a manufacturing assistance center means great things for South Texas: reduced underemployment, expanded educational opportunities and financial stability."
For more information on the manufacturing assistance center, contact Mann at 956/381-3361.