October 1-7, 2017: 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 non farm jobs in Michigan is in the field of manufacturing; and,

WHEREAS, 608,500 men and women are directly employed in the manufacturing industry; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s manufacturing total output exceeds $92.55 billion annually; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has created more than 156,500 new manufacturing jobs in the last eight years, an increase of 34.6 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, the nation looks to highlight the positive image of careers in manufacturing through the annual National MFG Day; and,

WHEREAS, we encourage residents to reflect this week on the road that Michigan has traveled as a manufacturing state and the bright future that lies 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 October 1-7, 2017 as Michigan Manufacturing Week.