Wyoming business advocates want to help manufacturers promote and celebrate the industry with their neighbors this fall.
The Wyoming Business Council, Manufacturing-Works and Alliance of Wyoming Manufacturers are partnering with interested manufacturers to hold open houses, community cookouts, school tours and product demonstrations in the week leading up to the sixth annual Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 6.
More than 2,800 organizations held events across North America in 2016. These celebrations provide opportunities for students, educators, businesspeople, media, politicians and the general public to learn about the variety of products being made in their communities. Manufacturers can use these events to tell people their story, debunk outdated myths about the industry and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.
Manufacturing is a $2.4 billion industry in Wyoming and accounts for 5.3 percent of the state’s gross domestic product. The industry is a key source of good-paying jobs – Wyoming’s 9,800 manufacturers average $64,600 in annual wages.
The 520-plus firms can be found in every county in Wyoming and create products from raw materials ranging from beef, yarn and grains to steel, coal and electronics.
Companies interested in hosting an event are encouraged to call Ron Gullberg, Wyoming Business Council Communications Director, at 307-777-2833, or Gustave Anderson, Director of Business Development at Manufacturing-Works, at 307-760-9977.
The Business Council, Manufacturing-Works and Alliance of Wyoming Manufacturers have an array of resources to help businesses plan, organize and promote events.
The Business Council is the state’s economic development agency.
Manufacturing-Works is a nonprofit member of the Wyoming Business Resource Network and works in partnership with the Business Council and the University of Wyoming. It provides broad technical, business and marketing assistance, engineering solutions and financial counseling.
The Alliance of Wyoming Manufacturers is a nonprofit serving as a voice and a monitor for the manufacturing industry in matters of legislation and regulation that affect the industry.
About the Wyoming Business Council: Our mission is to increase Wyoming’s prosperity. We envision a Wyoming where industries are strong, diverse and expanding. Small business is a big deal. Communities have the highest quality of life. Wyoming is the technology center of the High Plains. Wyoming knows no boundaries. Please go to www.wyomingbusiness.org for more information.