Elizabethtown Mayor Edna Berger proclaims October Manufacturing Month in Elizabethtown during a gathering at the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation on Thursday.
Leaders from Hardin County manufacturers and representatives from the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation joined Elizabethtown Mayor Edna Berger on Thursday to recognize the value of the local manufacturing sector.
Berger signed a proclamation designating October as Manufacturing Month in Elizabethtown.
Manufacturing is a top economic driver in Elizabethtown with approximately 78 manufacturers employing more than 9,000 people and accounting for about $396 million in earned wages.
Manufacturers in Elizabethtown include Tier 1 suppliers of the automotive industry, cabinetry, sealants, ink, food-grade packaging and other products. The sector offers a variety of interesting career opportunities with competitive wages and benefits.
“The manufacturing sector has long been a top economic driver in Elizabethtown, and we are very proud that our local manufacturers collectively surpassed 9,000 jobs this year,” said Greg Jenkins, chairman of the Elizabethtown/Hardin County Industrial Foundation Board of Directors.
In addition to creating jobs, manufacturing has a job multiplier effect. Many analysts report that every manufacturing job creates approximately three service sector jobs in areas such as healthcare, wholesale and retail, real estate sales and rentals, transportation and warehousing, finance and insurance, professional and technical education, construction, utilities and government.
“We are so grateful for the many wonderful companies who have made their home in Elizabethtown and have contributed to the quality of place we enjoy,” Berger said. “Manufacturing will continue to play a vital role in our economy, and we wish each of our local manufacturers continued success.”
Also, Gov. Matt Bevin proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in Kentucky earlier this month.