Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Thursday, October 30, 2014
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DWD Secretary Newson Joins Students in Jefferson for Manufacturing Month
JEFFERSON – Today, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson joined high school students at Anderson Machining Service for a tour of the company's Jefferson facility. The visit was part of Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin, which Governor Walker proclaimed for the month of October.
"Manufacturers across Wisconsin have been welcoming high school students to tour their facilities," Secretary Newson said. "In holding open house events, they are letting students, teachers and parents see for themselves what this vital sector has to offer. We are pleased to have Anderson Machining Service and other manufacturers as partners in this educational effort."
"Anderson Machining Service is both honored and excited to host an open house in celebration of Manufacturing Month," said Anderson Machining Service Plant Manager Harold McConnell. "As an award winning supplier to major OEM's, we wish to showcase our "secret weapon"...A highly engaged and dedicated workforce that is unmatched in the industry. We wish to share our employee career development tools that keep us on top. This is also the perfect opportunity to thank state government and the current administration for their support of manufacturing in Wisconsin."
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 have hosted 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:
- Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce: Coordinating a variety of events during national Manufacturing Day on October 3, hosting a website to feature activities and events.
- Wisconsin Technical College System: Numerous manufacturing tours and events at every campus.
- Department of Workforce Development and other state officials: Highlighting manufacturers during visits and other outreach.
- Department of Public Instruction: Participating in activities in middle and high schools across the state.
- Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: Releasing a success story a day to be featured on the Manufacturing Month website.
Earlier this year, Anderson Machining Service was awarded a Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training grant of $59,079 to train incumbent workers and new hires in a variety of skills such as blueprint reading.
For more information or to register to host or attend an event, visit www.wimanufacturingmonth.org