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Tuesday, October 9

AWB Manufacturing Tour Visits Central Washington Employers

Tour highlights family-wage jobs at Anderson Hay, Genie, Lane Mountain and more

SPOKANE--Employers and employees celebrated Washington manufacturing today and signed the Association of Washington Business tour bus as it crossed Central Washington as part of a weeklong manufacturing tour.

AWB’s custom-wrapped tour bus began the day with a tour of Anderson Hay and Grain Co. in Ellensburg. This third-generation, family-owned company employs 363 people and exports a significant amount of hay. Tuesday’s tour continued to the Central Bean Company in Quincy, Genie in Moses Lake, and Lane Mountain Co. in Valley before stopping in Spokane for the night.

Manufacturing supports 6,554 jobs in Kittitas, Grant and Stevens counties, with average annual wages that range from $41,599 to $53,488.

Grant County supports 4,873 manufacturing jobs; Kittitas County, 549 manufacturing jobs; and Stevens County, 1,132 manufacturing jobs.

Statewide, Washington state’s economy is home to 282,431 manufacturing jobs at 7,326 different employers.

“Manufacturing is vital to Washington’s economy, even as our economy grows and evolves,” AWB President and CEO Kris Johnson says. “Manufacturing continues to offer a solid pathway to the middle class with an average wage of more than $72,000 a year and opportunities for advancement. AWB is committed to working with our state and federal officials to support policies that allow Washington employers to succeed and continue creating jobs for working families.”

AWB’s 2018 Manufacturing Week tour began Thursday in Lacey. The seven-day bus tour is scheduled to include more than 1,400 miles and dozens stops in every corner of the state, from paper mills to airplane manufacturers to wineries and farms.

This is AWB’s second-annual bus tour in support of manufacturing, coinciding with the nationwide Manufacturing Day celebration Oct. 5.

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