North Dakota’s manufacturing sector is important to the state’s economy, and it is expected to grow in the upcoming years.
The Greater North Dakota Chamber hosted an CEO Roundtable in Dickinson sponsored by Baker Boy and Steffes.
Keynote speaker and former Virginia Governor, George Allen, said the confidence in the industry is at a high right now.
He also said, nation wide, more than three million manufacturing jobs are expected to be created over the next several years.
Allen is Chairman of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative at the National Association of Manufacturers, and attributed some of the recent gains in the industry to the Trump corporate tax cuts.
However, some manufacturers said that some of the challenges they face right now are finding people to fill the jobs.
“Invite young people in high school , or even middle school. . . invite community leaders in. Let them see what modern manufacturing is,” said Allen
North Dakota’s manufacturing sector employs more than 24, 000 people and has a total annual output of $3.7 billion dollars, according to the North Dakota Manufacturing Council.