December 22, 2016
2016 Year in Review B

Manufacturing highlighted in October with two events

October opened and closed with celebrations of manufacturing.

The first week of October was marked with Manufacturing Day events throughout the state. Most were held Oct. 7, as part of more than 2,500 Manufacturing Day events across the nation.

Manufacturers across Washington opened their doors to show off the diversity of Washington's manufacturing economy. From Spokane to Bellingham, Seattle to Vancouver, Manufacturing Day 2016 was a time to show off the strength and innovation of everything "Made in America" and sold around the world. The AWB Institute, AWB's education and workforce development arm, worked with high schools and community and technical colleges to help spread the word to students about the many kinds of jobs available in manufacturing.

The event brought forward a lively social media conversation, which you can review at the AWB Institute's Twitter page and in this Storify roundup of tweets, posts and blogs.

Then on Oct. 26 the chairman of the Export-Import Bank, Fred Hochberg, delivered the keynote address at the 2016 Manufacturing Summit, highlighting the critical role of trade in Washington's economy. The event emphasized the importance of manufacturing to Washington's economy and highlighted ways that high schools, colleges and universities are helping train the next generation of manufacturing innovators and technical experts.

One alumnus of the all-female Granite Falls High School Eco-Car Program told attendees “not only did I want to go into manufacturing” after being part of the program, “but I want to teach career and technical education because I see what it has done for me and many other students.”

The “Manufacturing Through the Decades” panel featured two very different century-old businesses – Boeing and Rite in the Rain – and a heavy machine operation and a craft beer brewer. While their size may be different, their struggles are the same: Finding qualified and talented employees and tax and regulatory burdens placed on employers.

The event concluded with presentation of the 2016 Manufacturing Excellence Awards. The five winners in the four award categories were:

Manufacturing is the cornerstone of Washington state’s economy and like every industry sector, these employers strive to lift up their communities and employees, and raise the bar on environmental stewardship across the state,” said AWB President Kris Johnson.

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