BCA and NAM Applaud Governor for Declaring October 7th as Manufacturing Day in Alabama


MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley proclaimed October 7 as Manufacturing Day for the State of Alabama in a signing ceremony at the request of the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) and the National Association of Manufactures.

“The BCA recognizes that manufacturing companies are vital to the prosperity of the state of Alabama,” said BCA President and CEO William J. Canary. “With more than 1,300 manufacturing members, BCA works to make Alabama a place where manufacturers have the opportunities and resources to create jobs and strengthen Alabama’s economy. BCA is very proud to be the exclusive affiliate in Alabama for the National Association of Manufactures.”

“Manufacturing in the United States is leading an innovation revolution. More and more, it’s high-skilled and high-tech, and Alabama is on the cutting edge helping lead the way,” said Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers.

The Business Council of Alabama (BCA) is Alabama’s foremost voice for Business. The BCA is a statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians. Designating this day in Alabama for manufacturing serves to highlight the importance of manufacturing and the significant impact it has on our economy and workforce.


The signing ceremony took place in the Old House Chamber of the Alabama State Capitol and was attended by Canary and BCA Board Members and Chairman of BCA’s Manufacturing Advocacy Council Ronnie Boles of General & Automotive Machine Shop and BCA Board Member Jason Wilson of Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsden.


By the Governor of Alabama

WHEREAS, Manufacturing Day is an effective way to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the economy and draw attention to the many rewarding, high-skill jobs that are available in manufacturing; and 

WHEREAS, Manufacturing Day is an opportunity to introduce state-of-the art manufacturing facilities to a new generation of students and future workers; and

 WHEREAS, partnerships between manufacturing businesses and educational institutions at all levels are essential in preparing students for manufacturing careers today and in the future; and

 WHEREAS, manufacturing supports 18.5 million U.S. jobs and comprises 12 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product; and

 WHEREAS, Alabama manufactures account for 17.7 percent of the state’s total output; and

 WHEREAS, the state of Alabama is fortunate to be the home of many great manufacturing businesses, some of which are world leaders in their respective fields, employing more than 250,000 people; and

 WHEREAS, our community’s manufacturing companies are vitally important to the prosperity of the state of Alabama:

 NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim October 7, 2016, as

Manufacturing Day

In the State of Alabama