October 3, 2014: Michigan Manufacturing Day

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, Michigan is number one in the United States for manufacturing job growth since December 2010; and,

WHEREAS, One out of every seven private sector jobs in Michigan is in the field of manufacturing with the state’s numerous R&D centers providing engineering, design and research support for several industries, including automation, materials, defense and manufacturing systems; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has more engineers per capita than any other state; and,

WHEREAS, 563,000 men and women are directly employed in the manufacturing industry; and,

WHEREAS, The state’s 14,000 manufacturing establishments have access to one of the world’s largest concentrations of industrial R&D and a top-rated research university system; and,

WHEREAS, Manufacturing remains the largest sector of Michigan’s economy by gross state product and Michigan produces more cars and trucks than any other state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Friday, October 3, 2014 as Michigan Manufacturing Day.