May 12 through May 18, 2013: 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, one out of every six private sector jobs in Michigan is in the field of manufacturing, and during the last three years, manufacturing job growth has occurred at a rate nearly four times higher than overall job growth in Michigan; this has allowed for the creation of 86,300 manufacturing jobs; and 


WHEREAS, manufacturing remains the largest sector of Michigan's economy by gross state product; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we encourage Michiganders 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, outstanding contributors to the economic recovery of the Great Lakes State;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, May 12 through Saturday, May 18, 2013 as Michigan Manufacturing Week.