Western Nebraska Community College and the City of Scottsbluff Economic Development joined forces once again to host the annual Western Nebraska Manufacturing Day.
During Wednesday’s event, manufacturers from the area heard updates on legislative issues, regulatory actions and economic policies that affect their businesses.
One of the speakers was Gering Native Bryan Slone, who now serves as President of the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
“One out of every ten non-ag jobs in the state is a manufacturing job,” explained Slone. “And through the pandemic, manufacturing has led the growth in our economy. In the next few years, manufacturing is going to be- from an economic development standpoint; a community vitality standpoint- it’s going to be our highest growth industry. Not only here, but across the country.”
Slone says some of the obstacles facing Nebraska’s manufacturing industry include: Workforce Shortages; Supply Chain Disruptions; and additional state and federal regulations.