Shirkey resolution honors Michigan manufacturers

‘We applaud the entrepreneurial spirit of our manufacturers and their role in making Michigan the Comeback State!’

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. Mike Shirkey honoring the long-standing contributions made by Michigan’s manufacturing community.

“It is appropriate for many reasons to celebrate Michigan manufacturing this week,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “Not only is Michigan solidly leading the nation in creation of manufacturing jobs, but manufacturing is rewarding work that provides the richest training ground for success in nearly any career field one may choose to follow.

“To encourage those who are contemplating their first or next career decision and to honor the giants who have built our manufacturing foundation, Senate Resolution 101 recognizes manufacturers and their important work.”

Oct. 1 – 7 is Michigan Manufacturing Week. The week celebrates the state’s diverse manufacturing sector, which includes the fields of transportation, machinery, alternative energy, food and beverage, computer and electrical products, furniture, bioscience, defense, and many others.

Shirkey noted that one out of every seven nonfarm jobs in Michigan is in manufacturing, which employs 608,500 men and women.

Michigan has created more than 156,500 new manufacturing jobs in the last eight years — an increase of more than 34 percent — remaining the national leader in manufacturing job creation and outpacing all other states.

“To those who are continuing to add to Michigan’s incredibly rich manufacturing heritage, we proudly introduce this resolution recognizing them and their work,” Shirkey said.