Manufacturing Day Highlights Opportunity to Bolster Good-Paying Jobs

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the unanimous passage of a resolution to mark October 6, 2016 as National Manufacturing Day. 

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. 

“Manufacturing plays an integral role in supporting hardworking families across our state,” Daines stated. “Manufacturing jobs pay an average of 17 percent higher wages than non-manufacturing jobs and I’m proud to support funding to create more of these high-paying jobs.”  

Paddy Fleming Center Director Montana Manufacturing Extension Center: “This is great to news to the 2,841 manufacturers of Montana, who provide 23,931 high paying jobs that support another 61,742 Montana jobs.  Having the Senator Daines and the US Senate recognize the importance of manufacturing in the US economy will do wonders to help change the perception of manufacturing.  This will in turn, help Montana’s manufacturers recruit the employees that they desperately need to continue their growth.” 

In Montana, manufacturing plays a critical role in creating good-paying jobs:

•       In 1996, there were 1,489 manufacturers in the state of Montana employing 22,500 people. 

•       In 2016, there are 2,841 manufacturers in the state of Montana employing 23,931 people. 

•       81% of Montana’s manufacturers have less than 10 employees

•       55% of Montana’s manufacturers have been in business for less than 20 years.