Press Release

Thursday, October 4

AWB Hits the Road in Support of Manufacturing

Statewide bus tour highlights importance of Washington’s manufacturers to state economy

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business launched the 2018 Manufacturing Week bus tour this morning, part of a seven-day campaign to highlight the thousands of employees, employers and good-paying jobs across Washington.

AWB’s tour began this morning at Callisons, a leading supplier of mint oils and flavors, in Lacey. The tour is scheduled to continue to Tacoma, Bremerton and Poulsbo today, and across the entire state by next Friday.

AWB is celebrating Washington manufacturers and their contributions to the state. This includes good jobs that support Washington families. Manufacturing supported more than 282,000 jobs with an average annual wage of more than $72,000 in 2017.

“Manufacturing is vital to Washington’s economy and provides a proven pathway to the middle class,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “Washington manufacturers create good jobs that support Washington families, and great products that are exported all over the world. This sector is critical to the overall economic success of our state, and we’re proud to highlight the many positive contributions of Washington employers to our communities.”

The tour continues on the Olympic Peninsula on Friday, which is national Manufacturing Day. Stops include the Port Townsend Paper Corporation, which recycles about 33 percent of the state’s cardboard, and contributes $660 million to the Puget Sound economy each year.

AWB’s custom-wrapped tour bus visits Seattle and other locations Monday, before crossing the state to Spokane, and traveling back to Olympia by Friday Oct. 12. The tour will touch wineries, furniture companies, farms and family manufacturing firms, among others.

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

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

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