Manufacturing Day


WHEREAS, the first Friday of October has been designated as National Manufacturing Day to highlight manufacturing careers and educate the public about the benefits to individuals and the Commonwealth of manufacturing careers; and

WHEREAS, for generations, manufacturing has played a critical role in Virginia’s diverse economy; driving economic growth and creating solid jobs; and

WHEREAS, manufacturing remains a vital part of Virginia’s private sector economy, comprising more than 9% of the Commonwealth’s gross domestic product with an annual economic output of more than $118 billion; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is home to more than 5,800 manufacturing establishments employing approximately 241,000 workers, or 13% of all jobs in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, opportunities for growth in advanced manufacturing abound, ranging from aerospace equipment, unmanned automated systems, and advanced materials to agri-business; and

WHEREAS, it is critical to the growth of the manufacturing sector in the Commonwealth that today’s students are exposed to the opportunities and benefits of a career in manufacturing through career and technical education and worksite experiences and learning; and

WHEREAS, students have an opportunity to enroll in the Commonwealth’s high school manufacturing programs of study that prepare students for planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials, with high school students, last year, earning 739 industry credentials recognized by the manufacturing sector; and

WHEREAS, with the use of robotics in manufacturing and the convergence of technology increasing the speed from design to production, the need for highly-skilled technicians will continue to increase.  By 2022, the manufacturing sector is projected to include over 300,000 positions across Virginia with “production” comprising the greatest number of positions—nearly 162,000; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), along with other organizations, have called for manufacturers to assist public schools in better informing students about careers in manufacturing through the Adopt-A-School on Manufacturing Day initiative that gives young people an opportunity to visit, and learn from, a local manufacturing company;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2, 2015, as MANUFACTURING DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.