Leaders from Hardin County manufacturers, representatives from the Elizabethtown/Hardin County Industrial Foundation and elected officials gathered on Thursday, October 14 in recognition of the history and value of the local manufacturing service.
Elizabethtown Mayor Edna Berger and Hardin County Judge Executive Harry Berry signed proclamations designating October as Manufacturing Month in Elizabethtown and Hardin County.
Manufacturing is a top economic driver in Elizabethtown and Hardin County with approximately 79 manufacturers employing more than 8,600 workers and accounting for about $338 million in earned wages.
Manufacturers in Elizabethtown include Tier 1 suppliers of the automotive industry, cabinetry, sealants, ink, food grade packaging and a variety of other products and offer a varied of interesting careers with competitive wages and benefits.
“The diverse job opportunities available in manufacturing enable our local economy to thrive and help grow the quality of place we enjoy in Elizabethtown and Hardin County,” said Elizabethtown/Hardin County Industrial Foundation President Rick Games.
In addition to creating jobs, manufacturing has a job multiplier effect, and many analysts report that every manufacturing job creates approximately three service sector jobs in areas such as health care, wholesale and retail, real estate sales and rentals, transportation and warehousing, finance and insurance, professional and technical education, construction, utilities and government.
Berger emphasized the city is greatful for the companies that have made their home in Elizabethtown, and she wished local manufacturers continued success.
Berry encouraged residents to recognize manufacturing’s rich local history and its impact on the Hardin County community. The sector is and will continue to be a vital part of our economy, he said
Governor Steve Beshear also proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in Kentucky.