Gov. Ricketts, State Chamber to Celebrate Manufacturing Month in Nebraska
Sunday, October 15, 2017
LINCOLN – Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed October as “Manufacturing Month” and announced a statewide tour in celebration of Nebraska’s second largest industry. At the ceremony, Governor Ricketts was joined by Department of Economic Development Director Courtney Dentlinger, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, and the Nebraska Manufacturing Advisory Council.
“Nebraska is a state known for growing things and making things,” said Governor Ricketts. “Throughout the month we’ll be celebrating our manufacturers who are making world-class equipment and growing great job opportunities across our state. There are 97,000 Nebraskans employed in our manufacturing industry. Whether it’s assembling cargo doors for Kawasaki’s first American aerospace division in Lincoln, welding livestock headgates at Pearson’s in Thedford, or constructing center pivot irrigation equipment at Valmont in McCook, Nebraska’s manufacturers contribute $13 billion annually towards growing our state.”
“Exposing young people to careers in our state’s second largest industry is essential in order to recruit new talent into Nebraska’s workforce,” said Director Dentlinger. “Manufacturing Month allows students a first-hand opportunity to learn more about what makes our manufacturing businesses successful, such as new technology, growing investment opportunities, and most importantly, the skilled workers and leaders fueling this industry. It’s also an important first step in facilitating relationships between students, businesses and educators, which continues to be a top priority among our team at DED.”