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National Manufacturing Day proclaimed in Altus

Contributed story to the Altus Times Oct. 1, 2014.

To help highlight the challenging and rewarding careers that manufacturing offers, and to reaffirm the importance of manufacturers to our state's economy, Mayor David Webb proclaimed October 3, 2014, as National Manufacturing Day in Altus, with representatives from Bar-S Foods, Turbines Inc., American Gypsum, Hokett Asphalt and Construction, Altus Chamber of Commerce, and Southwest Technology Center's Business and Industry Department.

This day is recognized as an effective way to expand knowledge about the value manufacturing brings to Oklahoma's economy and to showcase the highly skilled and highly paid jobs needed by the industry. All citizens are encouraged to consider the manufacturing industry as a career path through education and training. There are about 90 manufacturers in southwest Oklahoma employing about 11,350 workers, generating 9 percent of this region's economy.

Manufacturing in Southwest Oklahoma today is a robust and dynamic industry, driving the creation of family-supporting jobs, inspiring innovation, and advancing the state's economy.

Manufacturers across the state account for nearly 11 percent of the total output in Oklahoma, employing 8.4 percent of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $17.5 billion in 2012. In addition, manufacturing compensation is $24,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. (, Oklahoma Manufacturing Facts.)

2013 data indicates that the manufacturing industry employs 136,500 workers across the state with an average income of $60,473. This industry impacts the state's economy tremendously, providing many Oklahoma workers with high demand, well-paying careers.

By working together with education, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, build the next generation of skilled manufacturing employees, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Manufacturing Day 2014 provides a focused point in time when all manufacturers in Oklahoma can collaborate to bring attention to this crucial sector of the economy and celebrate their accomplishments. The Oklahoma Manufacturing Association is the leading organization for all Oklahoma manufacturers.

For more information about Oklahoma manufacturing and the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, contact Bill Cunningham, Manufacturing Extension Agent at (580)704-9009.

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