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Governor Asa Hutchinson Proclaims Friday, October 2 Arkansas Manufacturing Day

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (October 2, 2015) – Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed today, October 2 as Arkansas Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day is an annual national event in which thousands of manufacturers host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.

More than 28 events are scheduled to be held throughout Arkansas along with 2,000 official events nationwide.

As part of Arkansas Manufacturing Day, Governor Hutchinson will attend an exhibit fair at Pulaski Technical College today that is sponsored by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Maumelle. More than 500 middle school to high school students from central Arkansas will attend this exhibit fair. Area manufacturers will provide interactive exhibits throughout the event for students to learn about advanced manufacturing career opportunities in central Arkansas.

“For more than 50 years, manufacturing has been a key component of our state’s economy,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “If we want to continue to support a thriving middle class in Arkansas, we need to train a workforce with the skills our businesses and industries require. Manufacturing Day is a great way for businesses to educate students about the many opportunities advanced manufacturing jobs can provide.”

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, approximately 157,200 Arkansans are employed by the manufacturing sector, and in 2014, manufacturing in Arkansas generated a total of $16.6 billion, making up 13.36 percent of the state’s overall economy.

“By introducing students to the exciting manufacturing jobs available in metro Little Rock today, we increase the likelihood they will pursue advanced manufacturing options as a degree or career goal,” said Jay Chesshir, president and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.  “Central Arkansas' manufacturers desperately need more students pursuing this career path.  This interactive exhibition provides students a great opportunity to see, touch and learn about lucrative career options available today in Arkansas.”

Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM). Media partners include the Edge Factor and the Science Channel and the national movie partner is American Made Movie.

For more information visit www.mfgday.com .