Illinois Governor proclaims October 2023 “Manufacturing Month”

CHICAGO – Illinois’ Governor JB Pritzker proclaimed October 2023 as “Manufacturing Month” – honoring one of the state’s largest economic sectors, directly employing 9.5 percent of Illinois’ total workforce. 


Executive Department


WHEREAS, manufacturing has historically represented one of the largest economic sectors in Illinois, with an annual economic output of more than $580 billion and directly employing 9.5 percent of Illinois’ total workforce;

WHEREAS, more than 14,000 manufacturing companies call Illinois home and employ more than 650,000 Illinoisans in every corner of the state; and,

WHEREAS, Illinois’ manufacturing industry represents a key pillar of the state’s economy, encompassing a diverse employment base across a wide range of industry subsectors adding more than 16,000 jobs since 2010; and,

WHEREAS, the growing manufacturing industry offers Illinoisans an opportunity to secure good-paying jobs and help meet future challenges, and create new and innovative products that move our state into the future; and,

WHEREAS, Illinois’ annual celebration of manufacturing in our state emphasizes the new technologies, infrastructures, and expansions consisting of a more vibrant and robust workforce that offers excellent career opportunities, and recognizes with deep appreciation the vital role manufacturing plays in every Illinois community as well as its ongoing contributions to our economy;

THEREFORE, I, JB Pritzker, Governor of Illinois, due hereby proclaim October 2023 as Manufacturing Month in Illinois and encourage local collaborative efforts that are safely designed ot expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and the industry’s overall value to Illinois and our economy. Manufacturing Month is for students, their parents, educators, and all residents to celebrate the contributions manufacturers make to the fabric of our state’s communities and assure the continued success of local events highlighting Manufacturing Month in Illinois.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Ilinois to be affixed.

Done at the Capitol in the City of Springfield, this FIRST day of OCTOBER in the Year of Our Lord, two thousand and TWENTY-THREE, and of the State of Illinois, two hundred and FIFTH.

Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias                 Governor J.B. Pritzker