Governor Phil Bryant Declares Manufacturing Week in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (September 21, 2017) - Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Sept. 18 to declare October 2-6, 2017 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:

"This proclamation recognizes the outstanding manufacturing companies we have in Mississippi.  Companies in Mississippi manufacture 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 provides employment to more than 143,000 individuals or 12.5 percent of Mississippi's total jobs in all 82 counties and helps to support more than 285,000 additional jobs in our local communities; and

WHEREAS, Mississippi ranks 9th in the nation in manufacturing employment; and

WHEREAS, Mississippi manufacturers pay more than $6.5 billion in wages and salaries annually; and

WHEREAS, manufacturing constitutes 14.4 percent of the gross state product of Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, Mississippi manufacturers exported over $10 billion worth of manufactured products to the world in 2016, including the state's top export markets of Canada, Mexico, Panama, Guatemala and China; and

WHEREAS, 56 Fortune 500 companies have 117 manufacturing plants in Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, 113 international companies from 24 nations are engaged in manufacturing at 142 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 2-6, 2017, 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 18th day of September, in the year of our Lord, two thousand and seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and forty-second. 

PHIL BRYANT 
GOVERNOR