October is Manufacturing Month
About Manufacturing Month
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. Manufacturing Month helps to promote manufacturing as a viable career in Wisconsin.
Each week of Manufacturing Month in 2018 will have a different theme, and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce will release a video every week highlighting that theme:
Week of Oct. 1: Veterans in Manufacturing
Week of Oct. 8: Supply Chain in Manufacturing
Week of Oct. 15: Apprenticeships in Manufacturing
In addition to the videos and a robust social media campaign, there will be numerous events hosted around Wisconsin by WMC and other Manufacturing Month partners. Click here to view all of the events.
Wisconsin to Celebrate Manufacturing Month in October
Gov. Scott Walker proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month, and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) will be promoting the state’s top industry throughout the month.
Manufacturing is the number one contributor to Wisconsin’s booming economy, producing more than $59 billion in total output in 2017 – nearly 20 percent of Wisconsin’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Additionally, the state’s more than 9,000 manufacturers employed nearly 470,000 people in 2017.
“Our state’s rich manufacturing heritage is well-known throughout the world, but it is the industry’s future that is now sparking international attention,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt R. Bauer. “Thirty years ago, the industry was viewed as dumb, dirty and dangerous. Today, it is high-tech, high-skill and high-pay.”
Throughout the month of October, manufacturers all across the state are opening their doors to communities and Wisconsinites to showcase the industry and highlight the rewarding careers available to those interested in manufacturing. Nearly 100 events are taking place in Wisconsin.
A full list of events throughout the state is available by clicking here.
“Manufacturing Month gives employers, educators and others a timely opportunity to discuss the family-supporting careers that are available in the industry,” Bauer added. “Our state’s manufacturers continue to grow, and they need a ready and talented workforce to take advantage of these outstanding careers.”
To celebrate Manufacturing Month, WMC Foundation will be hosting the State of Wisconsin Manufacturing Tour – making stops in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and Wausau. WMC will also be announcing the winner of the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest on Oct. 9 at the State of Wisconsin Business & Industry Luncheon.
Additionally, WMC will release a new video each week featuring a different topic important to the manufacturing industry.
Manufacturing Month Partners
2017 Manufacturing Month Videos
Week of Oct. 2, 2017: Vocational Education
Week of Oct. 9, 2017: High-Tech Manufacturing
Week of Oct. 16, 2017: Women in Manufacturing
Week of Oct. 23, 2017: Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin