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September 28, 2018

2018 Manufacturing Week and tour to highlight great jobs, employers and products

By: Andrew Lenderman   Comments: 0
A worker at Pendleton Woolen Mills, which has been operating a mill in Washougal since 1912, during the 2017 AWB Manufacturing Week tour. (Photo: Brian Mittge/AWB)
AWB is gearing up for an epic road trip to highlight the thousands of Washington manufacturers who support more than 282,000 jobs across the state.

And these are good jobs that support Washington families. The average annual wage is more than $72,000. Nationally, more than 92 percent of manufacturing workers can participate in their company’s healthcare plan.

From custom cabinets and craft whiskeys to multimillion-dollar aircraft, Washington manufacturers produce a diverse mix of products that are often exported to other countries, making Washington and America’s economies that much stronger.

It’s a good story, and AWB is proud to share it.

AWB’s 2018 Manufacturing Tour will cover more than 1,400 miles through every region in Washington. The goal of the trip is to emphasize the importance of manufacturing to Washington’s middle-class families, and the communities they support. AWB staff and employers will also discuss ways that local, state and federal lawmakers can support manufacturing and the jobs and opportunities manufcturing creates in both rural and urban counties.

”Manufacturing employs nearly 9 percent of our state’s workforce and provides a strong foundation to our state economy,” AWB President Kris Johnson said. “We’re excited to get out there and share the many great manufacturing stories.”

AWB's Manufacturing Week tour highlights the importance of manufacturing jobs to communities across Washington, as in this photo taken at Genie's Redmond manufacturing plant during the 2017 Manufacturing Week tour. 

The tour begins Thursday Oct. 4 in Lacey with a kickoff event at Callisons, a leading supplier of mint oils and flavors. From there, AWB’s custom-wrapped bus is scheduled to travel to Tacoma and other stops in the South Puget Sound, including a stop at Watson Furniture Systems in Poulsbo.

The tour continues with stops in the Olympic Peninsula on Oct. 5.

It resumes Monday, Oct. 8 with stops at Boeing in Everett, Working Waterfront in Seattle and more. Oct. 9 will cover Central Washington towns like Ellensburg and Moses Lake, plus a visit to Lane Mountain Co. in Valley.

Oct. 10 features a stop at Hotstart Engine Heating in Spokane, and Dunham Cellars in Walla Walla. Oct. 11 features a stop at Tyson Foods in Burbank, and Farwest Fabricators in Yakima.

The tour concludes on Friday, Oct. 13 with stops at the Port of Vancouver in Southwestern Washington and other points north, before concluding in Olympia.

AWB staff will document the tour thoroughly in a variety of mediums, including blogs, news releases, photos and video.

Follow AWB’s 2018 Manufacturing Tour in real time on AWB’s Olympia Business Watch blog, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr accounts, and Vimeo channel.