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Manufacturing Day a Huge Success

On Friday, October 4th, the Wabash Valley participated in National Manufacturing Day.

Mayor Duke Bennett presented a proclamation declaring Friday, October 4, 2013 Manufacturing Day in Terre Haute, Indiana. This special event was held at Marion Manufacturing, located at 1126 West National Avenue, West Terre Haute, IN 47885.

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Manufacturing Day is an annual event that occurs nationwide on the first Friday of October. It has been designed to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. Economy.

In the Wabash Valley, manufacturing employs 17% of all workers. Careers in Manufacturing offer wages 36% above the region’s average wage rate. In fact, manufacturing’s mid-skill technicians, with two years or less of post-secondary education, earn higher lifetime earnings than many college graduates. Manufacturing has a multiplier effect on the U.S. economy in which every dollar in final sales of manufacturing goods adds $1.48 in economic output from other sectors of the economy.

In addition to the proclamation ceremony, the day also marked the launch of the monthly N.E.A.T. Newsletter. This is an electronic newsletter that will introduce the public to local manufacturers and highlight career opportunities available in our area.

Also, following the proclamation ceremony, high school and middle school guidance counselors from the Vigo County School Corporation toured regional manufacturers to learn more about local careers in manufacturing. The Counselors visited:

  • Marion Manufacturing
  • Tri-Aerospace, LLC
  • STARK Industries
  • GE Aviation

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