Governor Ducey proclaims October 'Arizona Manufacturers Month'

PHOENIX (Oct. 6, 2017) — Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed October the fifth annual “Arizona Manufacturers Month” to celebrate the more than 4,600 Arizona manufacturers whose success has made Arizona into a leading hub in the U.S.

In 2016, manufacturing accounted for 158,652 jobs in Arizona and an output of $24.4 billion. Manufacturing in Arizona creates high-quality, high-wage jobs, with an average annual salary of $72,419. The vast majority of the 4,600 manufacturing establishments in Arizona are small-to medium-sized businesses. These companies are advancing new technologies and products that are improving lives and enhancing Arizona’s economic prosperity.

“Arizona has a great diversity of manufacturing talent,” said Governor Ducey. “These businesses contribute significantly to our economy, and also play a vital role in supporting the supply chain for large manufacturers. Arizona Manufacturers Month is an opportunity to celebrate the impact these businesses have in our state and the men and women working to make them successful.”

Arizona is home to RevAZ, a program of the Arizona Commerce Authority that is specifically designed to support the growth and success of manufacturers in the state. Arizona also is part of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a national network that helps manufucters compete in the global marketplace.

“This month of events is dedicated to highlighting the success of Arizona’s manufacturers,” said Sandra Watson, President & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Arizona’s top talent and commitment to embracing innovation have allowed our manufacturers to thrive in a wide range of fields, including aerospace and defense, semiconductors, bioscience, and medical equipment and supplies.”

There are many opportunities throughout the month to celebrate our state’s manufacturers, including workshops designed to help manufacturers scale their businesses and open houses of manufacturing facilities, as well as other public events. Here are a few highlights:

Oct. 25 - Southern Arizona Tech & Business Expo
Oct. 27 - Nerdtoberfest
Oct. 27 & 28 – CopperState Fly In
For more information and a complete list of events about Arizona Manufacturers Month, visit: www.manufacturingrevolution.com.

 

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Media Contacts:

Susan Marie, Arizona Commerce Authority, 602.845.1231 or susanm@azcommerce.com

Mark Scarp, Arizona Commerce Authority, 602.845.1234 or marks@azcommerce.com

 

About the Arizona Commerce Authority:

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit azcommerce.com and follow the ACA on Twitter at @azcommerce.