Official DaySigned October 6, 2017 by Gilbert Kattelmann, Presiding Commissioner
WHEREAS, Economists agree that there are three ways to create wealth: Mine It; Grow It; or Make It. Missouri is rich in natural and agricultural resources and Missouri manufacturers make everything from automobiles to aircraft parts to food products to furniture, chemicals and electrical equipment including products sold directly to consumers and parts of other manufactured goods; and
WHEREAS, there are nearly 6,000 manufacturing companies in Missouri and they contribute $36.28 billion or 13.1 percent of the Total Gross State Product, creating wealth for the more than 260,000 people directly employed in manufacturing and the many more whose livelihoods are indirectly supported by manufacturing; and
WHEREAS, manufacturing jobs provide an annual compensation which is significantly higher than the state’s average wage; and
WHEREAS, manufacturing jobs enable Missouri families to realize the dreams of owning a home, educating children and enjoying a secure retirement; and
WHEREAS, manufactures pay millions of dollars annually to support public education, law enforcement, emergency preparedness, public works and other essential services.
NOW, THEREFORE, Clark County does hereby proclaim October 6, 2017 as Manufacturing Day in Clark County. And, I commend Missouri Enterprise and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership for the valuable technical and business assistance that they provide to our small- and medium-sized manufacturers.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of October, in the year two thousand and sixteen and I encourage all Missourians to show their support for our manufacturers by purchasing products made in Missouri and America.