Manufacturing continues to make positive impact on regional economy

Our economic region is quite diverse, with many business and professional sectors merging to create one of Kentucky’s most vibrant economies.

October is National Manufacturing Month, and to that end, we celebrated our Chamber manufacturers at last week’s Rooster Booster, which was sponsored by Owensboro Community and Technical College.

No matter the advances in technology or the continued evolution of product and service distribution formats, there will always be a need and demand for companies, large and small, who still “make things.” The Owensboro/Daviess County region has so many manufacturers who through their work have not only regional economic and cultural impact, but also have national and international influence. Our vibrant manufacturing sector has tentacles that touch lives and economies all over the globe. The ingenuity and business acumen of these men and women constitute the manufacturing sector of our community and should be consistently appreciated. They are vital ingredients to the formula that has made the Owensboro/Daviess County region that it is and the region that it will become.

Further, and beyond the economic impact of our manufacturing sector, we owe a great debt of gratitude to these businesses and their people for the contributions they make to the strong cultural and civic elements of our community. They volunteer in our nonprofit organizations. They invest in our culture. They are an essential fabric in our schools. They are pillars in our faith communities. They mentor our youth. Quite simply, they serve Owensboro/Daviess County.

So, on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I offer a heartfelt “thank you” to our manufacturing businesses, large and small, for your commitment to and investment in the Owensboro/Daviess County region, and for the positive impact you have on the lives of its people.

By Bart Darrell, Chamber Board Chair President of Kentucky Wesleyan College