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WHEREAS, Manufacturing Day highlights manufacturing careers and educates the public about the benefits of manufacturing careers; and
WHEREAS, for generations, manufacturing has played a critical role in Virginia’s diverse economy, driving economic growth, and creating jobs; and
WHEREAS, manufacturing remains a vital part of Virginia’s private sector economy by contributing $45 billion to the Commonwealth’s gross domestic product and accounts for 80% of the Commonwealth’s goods exported in the global economy; and
WHEREAS, Virginia is home to more than 6,750 manufacturing establishments, employing approximately 238,000 workers; and
WHEREAS, manufacturing indirectly supports an additional 335,120 jobs and $48.4 billion in economic output; and
WHEREAS, opportunities for growth in manufacturing continue to expand, including in the food and beverage industry, unmanned automated systems, and companies producing chemicals, plastics, and transportation equipment; and
WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers responded to the Commonwealth’s essential service needs to produce food, personal protective equipment (PPE), and medicine; and
WHEREAS, Virginia's manufacturers are integral to the growth and prosperity in our Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, manufacturers are supported in their research and development endeavors by Virginia’s public colleges and universities; and
WHEREAS, it is critical to the growth of the manufacturing sector in the Commonwealth that today’s students are exposed to the opportunities and benefits of a career in manufacturing through career and technical education and workplace experiences and learning; and
WHEREAS, with the use of robotics in manufacturing and the convergence of technology increasing the speed from design to production, the need for highly-skilled technicians will continue to increase; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes that technological advances in manufacturing require that companies have skilled workers who hold industry-recognized credentials, including certifications, professional licenses and journeyman cards, and have invested in building the talent pipeline;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 1, 2021, as MANUFACTURING DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.