Monday marked the beginning of Manufacturing Week in Mississippi, highlighting the work being done to promote a strong manufacturing climate in the Magnolia State.
“Manufacturing is the engine that powers Mississippi’s economy,” said Governor Tate Reeves in his signed proclamation. “The economic future of Mississippi depends on a strong, growing, and competitive modern manufacturing industry.”
Manufacturing is responsible for 16.18 percent of Mississippi’s gross state product and employs 12.57 percent of the state’s workforce. It is home to 37 Fortune 500 companies and 173 international companies. Combined, they host nearly 300 plants inside Mississippi’s borders.
“We have an incredibly talented workforce in this state that produces products that are shipped all over the world,” said MMA President and CEO John McKay. “We here at MMA want to use this occasion to highlight the incredible work done by thousands of individuals and companies around Mississippi. We also want to ensure the next generation knows these career opportunities are available to them and can be found in their backyard.”