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Manufacturing Week 2020

Manufacturing Week 2020 in Mississippi was observed September 28-October 2. During this week, MMA highlighted the work being done to promote a strong manufacturing climate in the Magnolia State.

“Manufacturing is the engine that powers Mississippi’s economy,” said Governor Tate Reeves in his signed proclamation (view the proclamation HERE). “The economic future of Mississippi depends on a strong, growing, and competitive modern manufacturing industry.”

Manufacturing is responsible for 16.18 percent of Mississippi’s gross state product and employs 12.57 percent of the state’s workforce. It is home to 37 Fortune 500 companies and 173 international companies. Combined, they host nearly 300 plants inside Mississippi’s borders.

“We have an incredibly talented workforce in this state that produces products that are shipped all over the world.” said MMA President and CEO John McKay. “We here at MMA want to use this occasion to highlight the incredible work done by thousands of individuals and companies around Mississippi. We also want to ensure the next generation knows these career opportunities are available to them and can be found in their backyard.”

Each day of Manufacturing Week, we released a video that either promoted the importance of manufacturing in the state or showed what is being done to train the future workers in this industry.

Monday, September 28: MMA President and CEO John McKay discusses the importance of manufacturing in Mississippi

Tuesday, September 29: Governor Tate Reeves shares why manufacturing is important to Mississippi

Wednesday, September 30: Career & Technical Program at Hinds Community College helps train future workforce

Thursday, October 1: Developing and Growing Manufacturing in Mississippi

Friday, October 2: Apprenticeship Program at Halter Marine