Press Release

Monday, October 8

AWB Manufacturing Tour Visits Puget Sound Employers

Tour highlights family-wage jobs at Boeing, Bellmont Cabinets and more

SNOQUALMIE— Employers and employees celebrated Washington manufacturing today and signed the Association of Washington Business tour bus as it crossed the Puget Sound as part of a weeklong manufacturing tour.

AWB’s tour bus began the day at the Bellmont Cabinets factory in Sumner. The company employs 330 people and has been building frameless cabinets for more than 30 years. Monday’s tour continued to Buyken Metal Products in Kent, Hobart Machined Products in Hobart, The Boeing Co. in Everett, and GM Nameplate and Working Waterfront in Seattle.

Manufacturing supports 177,161 jobs in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, with average annual wages that range from $61,415 to $95,970.

King County supports 101,821 manufacturing jobs; Pierce County, 16,630 manufacturing jobs; and Snohomish County, 58,710 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 Tour began Thursday in Lacey. The seven-day 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 Manufacturing Tour, coinciding with the nationwide Manufacturing Day celebration Oct. 5.

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

For high-resolution photos from AWB’s Manufacturing Tour, including print-quality photos from today’s tour of this area, visit All photos are free for media use in print and online. Contact AWB Photo Editor Brian Mittge at with any technical questions about photos.

Video footage including B-roll is also available here. Contact video editor Brian Temple with questions at

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