Both the Sturgeon Bay Common Council and the Door County Board of Supervisors passed a joint resolution during the past week naming Oct. 2 “Manufacturer’s Day in Sturgeon Bay and Door County, Wisconsin.”
The resolution states that the manufacturing sector is “not fully celebrated,” given its importance to Door County’s economy.
“It may sound like you’re just passing a resolution,” said Sturgeon Bay Mayor David Ward when the Common Council passed the resolution Sept. 15, but the numbers, he said, are impressive.
Some of those figures were listed in the resolution: 17 percent of Door County’s total workforce is within the manufacturing sector; total wages paid represent 25 percent of all wages paid in Door County; and the average wage for the sector is 144 percent of the county’s average wage, with the second-highest earnings per worker of $62,639, after the utilities sector. The sector also contributes 21 percent of the county’s Gross Regional Product – the highest of all sectors within the county.
The national multiplier indicates that one manufacturing job supports seven additional jobs, such as “truck drivers, material handlers and so forth,” Ward said. “It is a very important part of the county economy.”