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Union Students Tour During Manufacturing Month

EDUCTIONAL OBSERVATION: These students learned by observing this company’s warehouse functions.

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Manufacturing Month is a nationwide celebration of modern manufacturing to inspire the next generation of makers, builders and dreamers.

By working together, manufacturers in Oklahoma and across the country are addressing the skilled labor shortage by connecting with future generations and taking charge of the public image of manufacturing to ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. Recruiting events, facility tours for students, educators and policymakers happen throughout the month.

OK2Grow and Dream It Do It sponsored several for Manufacturing Month held in October, beginning with tours of local manufactures.

“Touring manufacturing facilities provides the best opportunities to introduce students, educators and parents to modern manufacturing,” said April Sailsbury, executive director of OK2Grow and Dream It Do It Oklahoma. “Over the next decade, over 3.5 million jobs in manufacturing will be added and, due to the current skills gap, it is expected that over 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled. We are hoping to change the perception and manufacturing jobs and show that manufacturing is a lucrative career choice.”

Manufacturing companies employ about 132,000 Oklahomans.

Manufacturers account for 10 percent of state’s total output, employing eight percent of the workforce.

Annual compensation for a manufacturing employee is $65,046 in Oklahoma, about 20 percent higher than other sectors.

Total output from manufacturing is $17.8 billion annually.

During Manufacturing Month, OK2Grow and Dream It Do It Oklahoma also recognized outstanding manufacturing companies. Learning about what manufacturing employees do on a daily basis and can help address common misperceptions about the industry.

Updated 11-16-2018

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