October has been declared as Manufacturing Month, recognizing the vital role of manufacturing throughout Illinois. The month-long celebration highlights the work of those in the manufacturing industry and serves as an opportunity to promote and advocate for future growth and development for Illinois’ manufacturers.
According to the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, approximately 550,000 men and women are employed in the manufacturing sector in Illinois. The industry also generates the largest share of any industry to the state’s Gross Domestic Product, contributing approximately 12 percent.
The IMA notes that manufacturing is an economic powerhouse that will eventually face a workforce shortage, with an estimated 300,000 men and women expected to leave the industry and retire in the coming years. Senate Republicans note it is more important than ever that lawmakers support the industries that create jobs and opportunities in the state, including manufacturing.