Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar toured Brownwood’s three largest manufacturing plants Monday as part of his Good for Texas Tour: Manufacturing Edition, then spoke briefly at the Dept Civic and Cultural Center about the role of manufacturing in the state’s economy.
     Hegar, alongside local officials, toured the 3M, Kohler and Superior Essex plants.
    Texas manufacturers were responsible for 3 million direct and indirect jobs in 2016, exported $210.3 billion in goods and contributed $225.8 billion to the GDP, Hegar said.
    Texas has a $1.7 trillion economy — the 10th largest in the world, Hegar said.
    Brownwood has outstripped other communities its size in manufacturing, he said. “Even though Texas has gained 7 percent in job growth in the manufacturing industry, Brownwood, has grown 17 percent,” Hegar said. “So Brownwood has grown more than the state of Texas overall.
    “It’s very impressive to see the three facilities that I toured earlier (Monday). Brownwood might be brought 20,000 as a city, but you’re providing a significant portion to the economy here, and actually providing a greater share than many communities are. When it comes to manufacturing, you outpace other communities that are relative sized.”
    Hegar was elected in 2014.
    The Texas Comptroller’s Office was originally created by the Texas provisional government in1835. The comptroller is the chief steward of the state’s finances, acting as tax collector, chief accountant, chief revenue estimator and chief treasurer for all of state government, in addition to administering a number of other programs.