JACKSON, Miss. (September 28, 2015) — Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Sept. 21 to declare October 1-31, 2015 as Manufacturing Month 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 and CEO Jay C. Moon:
“This proclamation recognizes the outstanding manufacturing companies we have in Mississippi. Mississippi companies manufacture state of the art, world class products that successfully compete in today’s global markets. They invest millions in our state and create thousands of well paying jobs with good benefits for their employees.”
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 supports more than 141,800 individuals or 13 percent of Mississippi’s total jobs in all 82 counties and helps to support more than 200,000 additional jobs in our local communities; and
WHEREAS, Mississippi ranks 8th in the nation in manufacturing employment; and
WHEREAS, Mississippi manufacturers pay more than $15.13 billion in wages and salaries annually; and
WHEREAS, Manufacturing contributes more than $15 billion, or 14 percent, to the gross state product of Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, Mississippi manufacturers exported nearly $11 billion worth of manufactured products to the world in 2014, including the state’s top export markets of Canada, Panama, Mexico, Honduras, and China; and
WHEREAS, 52 Fortune 500 companies have 92 manufacturing plants in Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, 110 international companies from 26 nations are engaged in manufacturing at 130 Mississippi plants; and
WHEREAS, Manufacturing is the engine that powers Mississippi’s economy:
NOW, THEREFORE, I Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, hereby proclaim October 1-31, 2015, as
MANUFACTURING MONTH 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 21st day of September, in the year of our Lord, two thousand and fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and fortieth.