Gov. Roy Cooper proclaimed the week of Oct. 1 through Oct. 7 as N.C. Manufacturing Week, although many organizations and experts in the field continue to celebrate manufacturing throughout the month.
In the proclamation, Cooper urged North Carolina residents to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of manufacturing workers across the state.
Scott Dorney, executive director of the N.C. Military Business Center, said he helps manufacturing workers win federal contracts.
Dorney said it is very important that the state recognizes Manufacturing Week to promote and increase manufacturing in North Carolina.
“It’s such a huge part of our economy, and North Carolina has a very unique characteristic that we have a manufacturing-oriented workforce," he said.
The state's manufacturing industry ranks eighth in the country and makes up 17.1 percent of the state's gross product, according to Cooper's proclamation. The proclamation also noted that North Carolina ranks ninth in the country for the number of manufacturing workers — which is more than 472,000 — and makes up 10 percent of the total workforce in the state.
The celebration of manufacturing workers in the United States first began in 2011.
The Manufacturing Institute originally launched "Manufacturing Day" to be commemorated on the first Friday of October. The day was later expanded by the U.S. Census Bureau to become Manufacturing Week.
Phil Mintz, the executive director for N.C. State University's Industry Expansion Solutions, said that for the last couple of years, October has become known as a manufacturing month for those in the industry.