Department of Workforce Development
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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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DWD Releases 2013 Manufacturing Month Report: Partners Begin Planning Process for 2014 Manufacturing Month Celebration
Commemoration will highlight Wisconsin's manufacturing industry; showcase career opportunities
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and partnering organizations have kicked off the planning process for the 2014 celebration of Manufacturing Month, to be proclaimed by Governor Scott Walker for October of this year.
Since 2012, Governor Walker has proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in conjunction with Manufacturing Day, which is the first Friday in October and is celebrated nationally. During Manufacturing Month, Wisconsin manufacturing businesses, technical colleges, and other partners open their doors to students and members of the public. This may include tours, open houses, and other events designed to show the great career opportunities that are available to individuals in manufacturing.
The 2013 Manufacturing Month Annual Report showcases the combined efforts of DWD with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Technical College System, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and other state cabinet agencies to coordinate additional events and to promote the role of each partner in supporting Wisconsin's manufacturing sector.
The report also highlights activities by Governor Walker, Lt. Governor Kleefisch, and others during the month to raise awareness of different career pathways that are available to students in the manufacturing industry, including IT, purchasing, accounting, finance, human resources and engineering.
Highlights of the annual report include:
- Wisconsin's manufacturing sector is one of the strongest in the country, producing nearly $50 billion in goods in 2012 and accounting for 1 in 5 Wisconsin workers.
- Wisconsin manufacturers employed more than 453,000 workers in 2012 and paid out more than $23.8 billion in wages. The average manufacturing worker earns $52,427 per year, 20% than the average wage of $41,783 for all private-sector workers in Wisconsin.
- Governor Walker and DWD announced Skill Explorer, an online skill-based job watching application that links skills with opportunities in fields such as manufacturing.
- Officials toured businesses in the southeast, south-central and southwest part of the state along with the Fox valley and elsewhere in Wisconsin.
- While WTCS highlighted a manufacturing program or a technical college every day during the month, DPI and State Superintendent Tony Evers took part in activities in middle and high schools across the state.
- WMC coordinated a variety of events on Manufacturing Day and hosted a website to feature activities and events.
- WMEP served as an advocate for manufacturers and was a liaison to Manufacturing Day.
- The Departments of Transportation, Financial Institutions and Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection took part in a variety of manufacturing-themed outreach events.