We're #3! We're #3!

By Mark Chalfant on June 16, 2016

Did you know that Kansas ranks third in states west of the Mississippi for manufacturing as a percentage of its overall workforce?  Stated another way, according to the National Association of Manufacturers report released in March 2016, Kansas’s percentage of 11.5 is behind only Iowa and Arkansas for states west of the Mississippi, and tops the national average of nearly 9%.

What does this mean?  It means that manufacturing is important.  It’s important to the state of Kansas, and it’s important to the nation.  Check out the infographic below.  Across the nation, each manufacturing job creates another 2.5 jobs in other sectors of the economy; for every $1 of goods produced by a manufacturer an additional $1.37 is generated for the economy.  This is the highest multiplier of any sector.  

That’s why manufacturing is important for the state and the nation.  It’s also why the MEP system was created, and more specifically MAMTC within the state of Kansas – to help those very manufacturing companies that are so vital to our economy.

It’s also why we’re asking for your input on a survey that we’re conducting.  MAMTC and the Kansas Department of Commerce are conducting a Manufacturing Needs survey, looking for your opinion for data to better serve the manufacturing sector within the state.  The survey is designed to take less than 10 minutes of time.  The data provided by you will be used to validate some existing programs, refine others, and to potentially create new offerings in other areas.  Click here to participate in this survey.

To encourage participation and input, we are offering a $150 Amazon gift card to be chosen at random, so please be sure to enter to win that offering as well.  If you've already participated, thank you.  Please forward this opportunity to your boss, your colleague, or your preferred vendor.