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On the Road to tell Washington's Manufacturing Stories

mfgweekManufacturers help drive Washington’s economy, employing more than 284,000 people in good-paying careers and contributing more than $60 billion in goods annually. To help raise awareness of how important — and vibrant — manufacturing is in Washington, AWB hits the road in early October for our annual Manufacturing Bus Tour. AWB staffers spend more than a week in a custom-wrapped tour bus, visiting shop floors in every corner of the state and in every sort of industry, from boat-building and agriculture to metal fabrication and window manufacturing.

What's the Purpose of Manufacturing Week?

We love to share the positive story of manufacturing in Washington state. As the state’s designated manufacturing association, AWB is committed to raising awareness about the importance of manufacturing, and to calling attention to ways that leaders can support manufacturers.


Who Participates?

Any manufacturer can participate - from the smallest breweries to aerospace giants. The tour is meant to better educate state leaders, future workforce members and the general public about the variety of the manufacturing sector and what it needs to continue to provide great, hands-on jobs.


Manufacturing Day

Every year, AWB's Manufacturing Week includes "Manufacturing Day," a national event organized by the National Association of Manufacturers: Manufacturing Day! Across the country and right here in Washington, manufacturers open their shop floors to students, teachers, elected officials and their neighbors. This will be a time to show off modern manufacturing and demonstrate the quality jobs open in today's manufacturing environments.

How Can I Get Involved?

We're always looking to share the next great manufacturing success story. If you'd like our bus to roll up to your facility, contact AWB's Thomas Gill at 800.521.9325.

Click here for an informational one-page PDF to hand out to employees.

Take a look at last year's tour:

2018 Manufacturing Tour Highlights

Read more about the tour in Washington Business magazine, or take a quick tour of the highlights in this social media roundup.