November 3, 2014
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AWB Institute unveils manufacturing image campaign: 'It pays to build great things'



The AWB Institute unveiled a new manufacturing image campaign during last week's Manufacturing Summit. Using videos, social media and direct outreach to teachers, parents and students, the "It Pays to Build Great Things" campaign will publicize the high-paying, high-tech jobs of Washington's manufacturing sector.

Why an image campaign for manufacturing? The need for talented workers is growing as retirements loom, but students aren't taking advantage of the quality jobs available in the manufacturing sector. An image campaign will help update the public's perception of manufacturing, replacing vague ideas about 19th century smokestacks with the reality of today's gleaming biotech clean rooms and the precision machines of modern factory floors.

The campaign will include videos like this one. Read more about the project at Olympia Business Watch, or contact the AWB Institute's Amy K. Johnson to become part of this exciting new campaign.



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