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Tell your manufacturing story during nationwide Manufacturing Day Oct. 7

Manufacturing continues to be a vibrant part of the American economy, but it’s a success story that too many people don’t know. To help spread the word about modern high-tech manufacturing in Washington and the rest of the country, the AWB Institute is encouraging the state’s manufacturers to be part of Manufacturing Day 2016.

Organized by the National Association of Manufacturers, Manufacturing Day is a time for employers to open their doors to students, lawmakers and the general public – showing them that manufacturing is alive and well in the 21st century and to dispell the dated perceptions of manufacturing careers.

This is an inspirational day that encourages the next generation to join the modern manufacturing revolution. By working together during and after Manufacturing Day, Washington will begin to address the industry’s skilled labor shortage issues, connect with future generations of workers, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the prosperity of the whole industry.

Already there are nearly 400 events registered at, with eight so far in Washington.

Register online or contact the AWB Institute’s Jackie Riley to learn more.

And don’t miss the most recent cover story in Washington Business magazine about our state’s manufacturing renaissance: Building a Better Washington.

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