The manufacturing industry offers excellent job opportunities with the potential for lifelong careers. With the goal of inspiring younger generations to pursue careers in this industry, every year on the first Friday in October many companies across the U.S. celebrate Manufacturing Day, offering in-person and virtual facility tours, manufacturing expos, career fairs, and other events for students and their communities under a “creators wanted” motto, #MFGDay22. For the fourth year, Belton, Texas will support this initiative from the Manufacturing Institute, and celebrate Manufacturing Day!
Job opportunities are available for various occupations in different areas of manufacturing. According to figures from the Manufacturing Institute there are four million manufacturing jobs that will need to be filled in the U.S. between now and 2030. In addition, the salaries offered by this industry are generally above prevailing wages, offering opportunities for lucrative careers. The Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that in 2020 the average annual income, including benefits, for U.S. manufacturing employees was $92,832.
In Belton, there are several manufacturing companies creating jobs and utilizing modern technologies to produce distinct types of products. This is an important industry in our community, in Texas, and in the U.S., also playing a key role in the global economy. Therefore, the Belton City Council will issue a proclamation at their scheduled September 27th council meeting to officially acknowledge and join in the celebration of Manufacturing Day in Belton on Friday October 7th, 2022. “This is a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate with our manufacturing companies their positive impact in our community and the local economy.” said Mayor Wayne Carpenter.
Additionally, the Belton Economic Development Corporation will coordinate activities to recognize the local companies and their teams. Plant tours, as well as presentations from Workforce Solutions of Central Texas on demand manufacturing occupations in the area, are set for a couple of groups with Belton ISD high school career & technical education students. “We support our local manufacturers and believe it is important to showcase their products, modern technologies, and facilities to the younger generations,” said Cynthia Hernandez, Belton EDC Executive Director. “We appreciate the partnership with Belton ISD to help us bring the students to the companies.”