Manufacturing in Southwest Oklahoma today is a robust and dynamic industry, driving the creation of family-supporting jobs, inspiring innovation, and advancing the state’s economy.
There are about 90 manufactures in Southwest Oklahoma employing about 11,350 workers, generating 9% of the region’s economy.
Manufacturers across the state account for nearly 11 percent of the total output in Oklahoma, employing 8.4 percent of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $17.5 billion in 2012. In addition, manufacturing compensation is $24,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. (source: nam.org/statedata, Oklahoma Manufacturing Facts ) Data for 2013 indicates that the manufacturing industry employees 136,500 workers across the state with an average income of $60,473. This industry impacts the state’s economy tremendously, providing many Oklahoma workers with high demand, well-paying careers.
To help highlight the challenging and rewarding careers that manufacturing offers, and to reaffirm the importance of manufacturers to our state’s economy, Mayor Jack Smiley is proclaiming this coming Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 as National Manufacturing Day in Altus, along with representatives from Bar-S Foods, Turbines Inc., Altus Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and Southwest Technology Center’s Business and Industry Department.
For more information about Oklahoma manufacturing and the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, contact Bill Cunningham, Manufacturing Extension Agent at 580-704-9009 or Tim Rabalais, Southwest Technology Center, at 477-2250.
Reach Jill Owenby at JOwenby@swtech.edu