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, One out of every seven private sector jobs in Michigan is in the field of manufacturing and 597,600 men and women are directly employed in the manufacturing industry; and,
WHEREAS, Jobs in the industry have increased 27.2 percent over the last five years as well as 128,000 new manufacturing employment opportunities being created in the same time span, thus remaining the national leader in manufacturing job creation and outpacing even the next closest states by 50 percent; 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 encourage residents to reflect on the road that Michigan has traveled as a manufacturing state and the bright future that lay ahead; we join with the Michigan Manufacturers Association to applaud the phenomenal 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 27 through October 3, 2015 as Michigan Manufacturing Week.