The Illinois Manufacturer's Association is partnering with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to recognize National Manufacturing Month throughout October. The month-long celebration highlights the work of those in the manufacturing industry and the vital role it plays in Illinois.
Throughout the state, approximately 555,000 men and women are employed in the manufacturing sector. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, over 56 billion in manufactured goods were exported in 2019. This month-long awareness campaign celebrates the state's innovate sector and underscores how the manufacturing industry drives the economy.
National Manufacturing Month is also an opportunity to promote and advocate for future growth and development within the manufacturing industry. According to the IMA, over the next decade it is estimated that 300,000 men and women will leave the industry as they retire, creating well-paying positions and opportunities for future Illinois students and residents.
Especially as the state continues to confront the daily realities of the COVID-19 health pandemic, Senate Republicans note it is more important than ever that lawmakers support the industries that create jobs and opportunities in the state.