Manufacturing is the second-largest sector in Nebraska, delivering 11% or $13 billion of Nebraska GDP annually. The National Association of Manufacturers estimates exports have increased more than 40% between 2010 and 2018. More than 1,990 firms employed more than 100,000 people
with annual average compensation of $62,500, according to a 2017 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nebraska’s highly productive workforce, affordable real estate and utility costs, low cost of doing business and high-quality transportation networks make the state a natural fit for manufacturing growth. Barriers to growth include the need for full integration of automation as a force multiplier and the ability to attract skilled labor.
BUILDING FOR TOMORROW
Blueprint Nebraska, a statewide economic development plan, identifies the state’s manufacturing sector as one of its most promising economic growth opportunities.
Advanced manufacturing sectors have seen the most significant growth over the past three decades. Nebraska ranks No. 40 in concentration of advanced industries, according to the Brookings
The Nebraska Chamber is working with Blueprint Nebraska to build partnerships that:
NE Chamber's Mike Johnson (COO/EVP, Manufacturing) and Nebraska Manufacturing Advisory Committee (NeMAC) Chair Scott Volk were the featured guests on the popular industry podcast "Manufacturing Happy Hour" after a successful inaugural manufacturing tech expo in Columbus. They highlight the benefits of the five-organization NE Manufacturing Alliance
Volk: "The Chamber of Commerce is the engine to get things done, that’s just the simplest way of putting it.”
Johnson: “What's happening in manufacturing now, and what's going to happen in manufacturing in the next ten years is a quick way to a comfortable life for anyone who's willing to work in the industry.”