Due to retirements and economic expansion, there will be significant opportunities for employment in Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry, underscoring the need to ensure a robust talent pipeline now and in the years to come. Help us promote manufacturing as a viable career in Wisconsin during Manufacturing Month.

About Manufacturing Month

A Message from the State Partners

A strong manufacturing industry is fundamental to Wisconsin’s prosperity. The manufacturing sector was responsible for more than $55 billion worth of economic output in 2014 alone.

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson tours Madison-Kipp Corporation and explains policy changes he thinks can keep manufacturing competitive.

To keep this industry thriving, the talent pipeline for manufacturing must remain strong, especially as retirements and expansion continue to create new employment opportunities.

We have worked hard to spread the message – to the current and next generation of workers – that a career in manufacturing is challenging, rewarding, and well-paying.

The average pay for a manufacturing worker in Wisconsin is $54,400 per year, $10,000 per year higher than the average pay for Wisconsin private-sector workers. In addition, 84 percent of manufacturing workers in Wisconsin receive health insurance benefits through their employer, compared to 77 percent of all workers.

With more than 450,000 manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin, the state’s manufacturing job concentration is 87 percent above the national average. With $150 million invested in worker training, Wisconsin’s manufacturing workforce—one of the best in the nation—prepares to meet evolving industry demands through customized university and technical college training programs focused on productivity and workplace readiness.

As part of our continued efforts to increase awareness of the opportunities available in manufacturing, Governor Walker has proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin. The recognition gives us all the chance to reaffirm the importance of manufacturers to our state’s economy.

We encourage Wisconsin manufacturing employers to use Manufacturing Month – and National Manufacturing Day on October 2 – as a means to host visits, tours, and other events for local students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and members of the community. These visits give people the opportunity to see the clean, high-tech, and modern work environment that the manufacturing industry offers today.

To support these activities, a collection of resources is available online for employers, school districts, and local organizations to host or take part in open houses or related events.

Together, we can make the most of this opportunity to recognize the manufacturing industry’s impact in our state and ensure this important industry has the talent needed to propel Wisconsin’s economy.

  • Kurt Bauer, President/CEO, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
  • Rick Chandler, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
  • Tony Evers, PhD, State Superintendent, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Morna K. Foy, President, Wisconsin Technical College System
  • Tricia Braun, Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Ray Allen, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Robert M. Meyer, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin Stout
  • Buckley Brinkman, Executive Director, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Manufacturing Month Partners

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