Governor Peter Shumlin unveiled a new study Monday showcasing how much manufacturing contributes to Vermont's economy.
The Cabot Darn Tough sock factory in Northfield set the backdrop. Shumlin pointed to the sock business as one of Vermont's manufacturing success stories. He wants to strengthen and promote the sector through what he calls an advanced manufacturing partnership, that would bring together manufacturers, educators and supporting organizations.
Manufacturing currently makes up over 10-percent of the state's workforce and average earnings are 36-percent above the statewide average. "What the report points out for Vermont is that Vermont has a bright manufacturing future. Manufacturing jobs are great jobs, they pay well and if you go into the manufacturing sector as a student you have a great jobs future," Shumlin said.
Governor Shumlin said there is an urgent need for increasing math skills in schools to improve the future of the manufacturing sector.