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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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Secretary Newson Joins Students in Waukesha for National Manufacturing Day

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

MADISON – In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson joined middle school students at Weldall Mfg. in Waukesha for a tour of the manufacturer.

"Manufacturing jobs today are high-tech and challenging, family-supporting jobs with good pay and benefits," said Secretary Reggie Newson. "As students begin to think about what they want to do in life, they need to know about all the career opportunities available right here in Wisconsin and they definitely ought to consider manufacturing. We are pleased to have Weldall and other manufacturers as partners in this educational effort. In holding open house events and allowing tours of their clean, high-tech, production facilities, they are letting students, teachers and parents see for themselves what this vital sector has to offer. It's a great way to celebrate 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.

During Manufacturing Month, Wisconsin manufacturing businesses, technical colleges, and other partners are encouraged to open their doors for 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.

Activities during 2014 Manufacturing Month include:

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

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