“Our hope is to address common misperceptions about what modern manufacturing is – and what it isn’t and to explore the challenges manufacturers face, including workforce development and ongoing prosperity of the industry in our state,” said Kansas Chamber President and CEO Alan Cobb.
Kansas Manufacturers to Celebrate Industry Impact on State and its Future
The Kansas Chamber, Kansas Manufacturing Council and BG Products will host Governor Jeff Colyer, MD and invited guests Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to celebrate October as “Manufacturing Month” at the company’s facility in El Dorado.
Governor Colyer declared October as “Manufacturing Month” and the first Friday of the month as “MFG Day”. One of multiple celebrations across the state, Tuesday’s event will feature a roundtable discussion about modern manufacturing in Kansas and a tour.
Cobb said many Kansans may not realize the impact manufacturing has on the state and its economy.
“Kansas manufacturers have been an important part of the state’s economy for more than 150 years, and companies continue to locate here because they know our state is a leader in supporting advanced manufacturing through education, business incentives, and a positive business climate,” Cobb said.
Nearly 2,600 manufacturers in the state, employing 160,000 or 11.5 percent of the state’s workforce, cover a diverse sector of manufacturing including aviation, machinery, energy, bioscience, chemical, fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, motor vehicles, plastics and rubber products, food and beverage, and many more.
Kansas manufacturers are responsible for 15.08 percent of the total output in the state which totals more than $22 billion annually. They help drive the state’s economy with more than $8 billion in annual manufactured goods exports to markets that include Canada, Mexico, Japan, China and United Kingdom.
Who: Gov. Colyer, Alan Cobb, Kansas Chamber; Darin Greseth, BG Products
What: Modern Manufacturing Roundtable and Tour
Where: BG Products, 2415 Pioneer Drive, El Dorado, KS
When: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
9:00 – 11:00 am (please arrive by 8:45 am to go through security)
Note: All visitors must wear closed-toe shoes to go on the facility tour.
The Kansas Chamber, with headquarters in Topeka, is the leading statewide pro-business advocacy group working to make Kansas a top state to live and work. The Chamber represents small, medium and large employers all across Kansas. The mission of the Kansas Chamber is to continually strive to improve the economic climate for the benefit of every business and citizen and to safeguard our system of free, competitive enterprise.
For more information on the Kansas Chamber, visit www.KansasChamber.org.