Governor Scott Walker visited Chippewa Valley Technical College Manufacturing Education Center in Eau Claire and J & D Tube Benders, Inc., in Schofield today to celebrate National Manufacturing Day and highlight the impact of the manufacturing industry on Wisconsin’s economy and culture. As of 2016, Wisconsin manufacturing constitutes nearly 20% of the state’s gross domestic product, employs 461,000 workers, and contributes over $56 billion to Wisconsin’s economy. Earlier this month, Governor Walker declared October as Manufacturing Month throughout Wisconsin.
“We’re honoring our state’s strong manufacturing industries and their wide-ranging impact in providing jobs for highly-skilled, hardworking Wisconsinites and supporting families across the state,” said Governor Walker. “The effects of our manufacturers ripple outside the state, too: manufacturing goods make up more than 94% of our exports, which shows there’s a healthy demand worldwide for the well-crafted, high-quality products made right here in Wisconsin.”