September 30-October 6, 2018: 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 represents one-fifth of Michigan’s gross state product; and,

WHEREAS, one out of every seven nonfarm jobs in Michigan is in the field of manufacturing;  and,

WHEREAS, 618,100 men and women are directly employed in the manufacturing industry; and,

WHEREAS, over 11,386 unique manufacturing firms populate the Great Lakes State; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s manufacturing total output exceeds $93.55 billion annually; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has created more than 185,200 new manufacturing jobs in the last nine years — an increase of 42.8 percent — thus remaining the national leader in manufacturing job creation and outpacing all other states;  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 advanced manufacturing careers expected to be needed over the next decade; and,

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

WHEREAS, we encourage residents to reflect this week on the road that Michigan has traveled as a manufacturing state and the bright future lay ahead; we join with the Michigan Manufacturers 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 September 30-October 6, 2018 as Michigan Manufacturing Week.