Maine Celebrates Manufacturing Day

October 1, 2014

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, (207) 287-2531

Maine has nearly 1800 manufacturing businesses providing 50,300 jobs

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage issued a proclamation recognizing October as “Manufacturing Month” in Maine in conjunction with National Manufacturing Day on October 3.

“The manufacturing sector continues to play a vital role in Maine’s economy,” said Governor LePage. “Many people are under the false impression that manufacturing in Maine down when in fact it has been revolutionized. Manufacturing today is highly automated, with jobs that require skilled workers who can use computers and robots as well as make recommendations for process improvements. Our natural resources and workforce are attracting new industries and creating jobs. In order to call attention to these opportunities, I have extended our recognition of our manufacturers throughout the month.”

Maine is highlighting Manufacturing Day on Friday with several events, including plant tours hosted by 24 manufacturers, including the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership's presentation of the Manufacturing Excellence Award at Huhtamaki. A list of the plants hosting tours is available at http://www.mainemfg.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/MFGDAY2014-Event-List-with-Contact.pdf.

“I have spent time over the past several weeks visiting businesses that are expanding manufacturing in Maine, including Lincoln Logs and Jotul stoves,” the Governor noted. “Mainers should take pride in the quality of our workforce and our ability to attract manufacturers in the aerospace, wood products, food processing, and healthcare industries, for example. The Maine work ethic and the quality of our products appeal to both businesses and consumers. I look forward to more good manufacturing news for Mainers in the weeks and months to come.”

Maine has nearly 1800 manufacturing business establishments that produced approximately $5.6 billion dollars in output in 2013—about 10 percent of the state’s total GDP. The manufacturing sector provides 50,300 jobs statewide; it had a payroll of $2.6 billion in 2013, accounting for 13 percent of wages paid in the state. National Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Industrial Strength Marketing in Nashville. To learn more about Manufacturing Day, log on to http://www.mfgday.com. In Maine, the event is sponsored in part by the Maine Manufacturing Association, http://www.mainemfg.com.

Proclamation language is as follows:

WHEREAS, manufacturing in Maine plays a critical role in the lives of our citizens, as well as in the operation of our businesses; and WHEREAS, the state of Maine has a significant interest in the continued vitality of manufacturing, educational institutions and organizations; and

WHEREAS, Maine is home to nearly 1800 manufacturing business establishments; and

WHEREAS, annually, the manufacturing industry in the state of Maine realizes over $5.6 billion dollars in output and equals 10% of the state’s total GDP; and

WHEREAS, manufacturing provided over 50,300 jobs statewide with a payroll of $2.6 billion in 2013, accounting for 13% of statewide wages paid; and

WHEREAS, manufacturing in Maine plays a vital role in the United States and globally in military and defense, aerospace, metal, paper, marine, semi-conductor, wood, textile, aquaculture, biotech, medical devices, electronics, RF and wireless communications, plastics, composites and bioplastics, studio and food manufacturing; and

WHEREAS, organizations like the Manufacturers Association of Maine, Maine Pulp and Paper Association, Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Maine Composites Alliance, Maine Wood Products Association, Maine Marine Trade Association and the Bioscience Association of Maine recognize and promote the interests and importance of manufacturing in Maine and throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, communities in Maine depend on high wage, high skilled jobs and tax bases for the continued flow of commerce for our state.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim October, 2014 as

MANUFACTURING MONTH

throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.