14-R288

2014 H 8230

Enacted 05/22/14

H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N

PROCLAIMING MAY 22, 2014, TO BE "MANUFACTURING DAY" IN RHODE ISLAND

Introduced By: Representatives MacBeth, Dickinson, Nunes, Giarrusso, and McLaughlin

Date Introduced: May 22, 2014

 

WHEREAS, Rhode Island's Slater Mill, a wooden building completed in 1793 for the purpose of manufacturing cotton yarn by waterpower, revolutionized industry in America. It became the first successful factory in the United States and made Rhode Island the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution; and

WHEREAS, Manufacturing currently accounts for about 7.6 percent of the total economic output for the State of Rhode Island, and employs approximately 40,000 people which accounts for about 8.8 percent of the state's workforce. Total manufacturing output in Rhode Island is approximately 4 billion dollars and compensation for a manufacturing job in the state is close to 37 percent higher than other nonfarm jobs; and

WHEREAS, Manufacturing jobs today are not the same low skill jobs of the past. Manufacturing jobs currently require people who are highly skilled, educated, innovative thinkers, and able to adapt to rapidly changing technology and learning how to use new equipment at a rapid pace; and

WHEREAS, The manufacturing sector of an economy is often a leading indicator of the relative strength or weakness of the economy at large. It is a vital component of a prosperous, diverse and thriving economy. Manufacturing in Rhode Island is currently prospering and growing and we should do all we can to ensure that manufacturing remains a thriving part of the state's economy; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby proclaims May 22, 2014, to be "Manufacturing Day" in Rhode Island; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Mr. David M. Chenevert, President, Swissline Precision Mfg.Inc.

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