October 2-8, 2016: Michigan Manufacturing Week

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to a diverse manufacturing sector that includes transportation, machinery, alternative energy, food and beverage, computer and electrical products, furniture, bioscience, chemical, defense-related manufacturing, and many others; and,

WHEREAS, manufacturing remains the largest sector of Michigan’s economy by gross state product and one out of every seven private sector jobs in Michigan is in the field of manufacturing; and,

WHEREAS, jobs in the industry have increased 25.4 percent over the last six years — over two times greater than the average of all non-farm jobs in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has created more than 122,000 new manufacturing jobs in the last six years, thus remaining the national leader in manufacturing job creation and outpacing even the next closest states by 50 percent; and,

WHEREAS, three of the top metropolitan areas in the nation for manufacturing job growth are located in the Great Lakes State; and,

WHEREAS, more growth is still possible as new skilled talent enters the workforce to claim the more than 3.5 million high-paying, high-tech, innovative and advanced manufacturing careers expected to be needed over the next decade; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, the nation looks to highlight the positive image of careers in manufacturing; and,

WHEREAS, we encourage residents to reflect on the road that Michigan has traveled as a manufacturing state and the bright future that is ahead. We join with the Michigan Manufacturer’s Association to applaud the entrepreneurial spirit of Michigan’s manufacturers and their role in making Michigan the comeback state it is today;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2-8, 2016 as Michigan Manufacturing Week.