JACKSON, Miss. (September 21, 2018) - Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Sept. 19 to declare October 1-5, 2018, as Manufacturing Week in Mississippi. The proclamation comes in accordance with the National Association of Manufacturers' Manufacturing Day in an effort to raise awareness about manufacturing and the available opportunities in this secure and growing sector of the economy.
MMA President & CEO Jay C. Moon:
"Manufacturing is the engine that powers Mississippi's economy. It is important that we recognize this segment of our state's economy through activities that will take place throughout Mississippi during Manufacturing Week. In the last legislative session, MMA worked with the House and Senate leadership to pass several important bills that will allow manufacturers to grow, expand and bring new business to Mississippi. A strong manufacturing base means a strong Mississippi economy."
The proclamation states the following:
WHEREAS, Mississippi manufacturers produce many world class products and use distinctive production processes to serve markets in the State of Mississippi, the United States and around the globe; and
WHEREAS, manufacturing directly provides employment to more than 143,100 individuals, or 12.5 percent of Mississippi's total jobs in 81 counties; and
WHEREAS, Mississippi ranks 9th in the nation in manufacturing employment; and
WHEREAS, Mississippi manufacturers pay more than $8.5 billion in wages and salaries annually; and
WHEREAS, manufacturing constitutes 15.84 percent of the gross state product of Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, Mississippi manufacturers exported over $10.12 billion worth of manufactured products to the world in 2016, including the state's top export markets of Canada, Mexico, Panama, China, and Guatemala; and
WHEREAS, 50 Fortune 500 companies have 70 manufacturing plants in Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, 128 international companies from 28 nations are engaged in manufacturing at 147 Mississippi plants; and
WHEREAS, manufacturing is the engine that powers Mississippi's economy:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, do hereby proclaim October 1-5, 2018, as
MANUFACTURING WEEK IN MISSISSIPPI
and acknowledge the positive impact the manufacturing industry has on our economy and our citizens, and that our economy will continue to grow through the maintenance of a strong manufacturing base in the state.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to be affixed.
DONE in the City of Jackson, on the 19th day of September, in the year of our Lord, two thousand and eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and forty-third.