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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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Friday, October 03, 2014
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DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson Tours Superior Businesses for National Manufacturing Day

Governor Walker proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month; Oct 3 is National Manufacturing Day

MADISON – In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, today Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson toured Exodus Machines and Charter NEX Films in Superior.

"Today, I toured two great Wisconsin manufacturers that exemplify the best of what Wisconsin has to offer," said Dave Anderson. "I was able to meet with employees who are enthusiastic and passionate about their jobs. These jobs are highly engaging, challenging, and provide a family supporting wage. This is the message we need to deliver to students and the public across Wisconsin throughout Manufacturing Month."

The average pay for a manufacturing worker in Wisconsin is $53,000 per year, more than $10,000 per year higher than the average pay for all Wisconsin private-sector workers. Over 16 percent of Wisconsin's jobs are directly employed in manufacturing, outpacing the national average of 9 percent. In addition, manufacturing contributes more than $53 billion to Wisconsin’s economic output.

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 2014 Manufacturing Month celebration is designed 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.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is coordinating the planning and promotion of the month's events in partnership with the Department of Revenue, Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Technical College System, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the University of Wisconsin-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center and other stakeholders.

For more information or to register to host or attend an event, visit www.wimanufacturingmonth.org

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