Illinois highlights manufacturing industry in month-long slate of events
October is Manufacturing Month in Illinois, and the state has held several events to highlight its importance recently.
“Manufacturing is a longstanding pillar of Illinois’ economy,” Sean McCarthy, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), said in a press release. “We are proud to recognize our manufacturing legacy in Illinois and the innumerable contributions manufacturers will make for generations to come.”
The month is designed “to encourage local collaborative efforts be designed to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the Illinois economy, and urge all school districts, community colleges, and manufacturers in Illinois to invest time and resources to celebrate the contributions manufacturers make to the fabric of our state’s communities and assure continued success of local events highlighting Manufacturing Month in Illinois,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said in a July 21 proclamation.
Illinois is home to 12,507 firms that employ more than 572,500 workers who each earn an average of $72,488 a year.