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Celebrating our Region's First National Manufacturing Month

In the greater San Marcos region, we have so much to celebrate that we had to turn National Manufacturing Day into a month-long celebration!


In partnership with the Greater San Marcos Manufacturing Association, the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) was able to open the doors of five manufacturing facilities to 275 students from four different schools to show the employment opportunity, technology, and remarkable work being done in our backyard. 

Hays County and the City of San Marcos made proclamations recognizing the importance of manufacturing to our community. Manufacturing brings high-quality jobs with family-sustaining wages to our region. Over 5,000 jobs in Hays County are due to manufacturers in our region.


From left to right: Debbie Ingalsbe, Commissioner – Precinct 1, Mark Jones,

Commissioner – Precinct 2, Ann Marie Miller, Buda Economic Development

Corporation, Donny Hirsch, Thermon, Cara Ryan, Greater San Marcos

Partnership, Mike Doyle, San Marcos CISD, Àngel Contreras, CFAN, Jason

Otto, Mensor, John Navarrette, CenturyLink, Marco Pizana, Hays CISD,

Randolph Goodman, Gary Job Corps, Lon Shell, Commissioner – Precinct 3,

Ray Whisenant, Commissioner – Precinct 4

The average annual wage for jobs in manufacturing is $55,000 versus $39,000 across all industries. This salary potential supports GSMP’s mission for everyone in our region to earn a family-sustaining wage.

As manufacturing grows and evolves across the nation, demand for a skilled workforce will follow. Below are pictures of the organizations who are helping to redefine what manufacturing looks like in our fast-changing economy. Our manufacturers are looking for employees who are knowledgeable in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The potential to be employed and grow within these companies improves with applicable education and initiative. Epic, Thermon, CFAN, Dynamic Systems, and Lewis Signs helped to share the technological advancements of today’s manufacturing industry with 275 students in Greater San Marcos. The goal is to make this future workforce aware of the good paying career opportunities available in their own backyard.


Lehman High School students gathered under the National Manufacturing

Day banner to take a group photo with Epic’s in-house welding instructor,

Rodney Johnson, and Andrea Ruiz, HR Specialist.


Gear Up Middle Students touring CFAN’s manufacturing facility in San

Marcos where they manufacture the fan blades for Boeing airplanes.


Hays CISD high school students gathered around the Lewis Signs

manufacturing equipment to learn the process for custom sign



At Thermon, Gear Up Middle School students examined the electric heating

products manufactured that help to maintain specific temperatures in products

that carry water, oil, and other liquids throughout the world.  

Thank you to Epic Piping, Thermon, CFAN, Lewis Signs, and Dynamic Systems for partnering with the Greater San Marcos Manufacturing and the Greater San Marcos Partnership, and for opening your doors to the region’s future workforce. Thank you to the Buda Economic Development Corporation and Mensor for sponsoring this event. Thank you to the City of San Marcos and Hays County for their recognition of manufacturing.

Hays CISD and San Marcos CISD deserve a special thank you for recognizing the importance of introducing students to the STEM opportunities and various occupations that are available in Hays and Caldwell Counties!





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