Press Release

Wednesday, October 2

AWB Launches Manufacturing Week Bus Tour

VANCOUVER — The Association of Washington Business kicked off the 2019 Manufacturing Week bus tour this morning, a seven-day campaign to highlight a major contributor to Washington’s economy.

AWB’s tour bus began the day at SEH America in Vancouver, where the company manufactures silicon wafers for the semiconductor industry, among other products. The bus was scheduled to visit manufacturers in Woodland, Centralia, Lacey, Lakewood and Tacoma today, and all regions of the state through Thursday, Oct. 10.

“AWB’s third-annual Manufacturing Week bus tour is a celebration of Washington’s manufacturers and the people who make amazing things throughout our state,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “Manufacturing means good jobs, great products and a solid foundation for the economic health of our state. We’re proud to represent such extraordinary employers, from thousands of family businesses — many of them starting in a garage or basement — to some of the world’s biggest companies. We look forward to hearing their stories along the way and learning how we can help them advocate for smart policies that help manufacturers grow.”

Manufacturing has a big impact on Washington’s economy. The sector’s total output was nearly $59 billion in 2017, or about 12 percent of the state’s total economic output. And manufacturing has a big impact on Washington’s working families and communities. More than 287,000 people worked at 7,636 manufacturing firms in 2017. The average compensation was more than $88,000 per year, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.

The tour continues to Auburn, SeaTac, Tacoma and Seattle through the rest of the week. It begins again on Monday at Alcoa’s Intalco Works in Ferndale, and the rest of Washington through Thursday. The tour will cover outdoor equipment manufacturers, maker spaces, community colleges, boat manufacturers and more.

This year’s tour is expected to include dozens of employers and cover more than 1,400 miles.

Follow AWB’s 2019 Manufacturing Tour in real time on AWB’s Olympia Business Watch blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, and Vimeo channel.

For high-resolution photos from AWB’s Manufacturing Week tour, including print-quality photos from each tour stop, visit AWB’s Google Photos account. All photos are available for media use in print and online. Contact AWB Photo Editor Brian Mittge ( with technical questions about photos.

For B-roll of any event during the tour, contact Brian Temple ( or Andrew Lenderman (

About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 7,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing and Microsoft, 92 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit


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