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“Creators Wanted” in Baton Rouge

Want to hear some good news about the economy? We’ve got plenty.

In Baton Rouge and across greater Louisiana, employers are actively looking for workers. Even though Louisiana’s job growth has been solid over the past year, there are still hundreds of good-paying and rewarding jobs available, especially in manufacturing.

Hundreds of opportunities. Hundreds of places to start or extend a career. Hundreds of openings in this region for ambitious and bright job seekers to find excellent jobs creating things for America.

That’s why we’re bringing something called the Creators Wanted Tour to the region on Wednesday. This is our largest national effort to build excitement about the available jobs and show potential candidates what a career in modern manufacturing can look like.

Here’s a hint: It’s not your grandparents’ workplace any longer.

Modern manufacturing in the U.S. is about dreaming up new products and innovations and then bringing them to life. If you’ve ever imagined yourself doing work that improves people’s lives … or making the next big thing … or taking something that already exists and making it better, you’re a great fit for manufacturing.

Today’s industry is fueled by creativity and creators who aren’t afraid of taking dreams and turning them into reality. Team members often get to work with incredible state-of-the-art technologies such as 3-D printing, advanced robotics, cloud computing, augmented reality, and other sophisticated tools. In addition, modern manufacturers are a force for good in the United States, making products that improve the quality of life for everyone, even as we pioneer ways to become more sustainable and protect our environment.

In short, manufacturers are looking for creators who want a career in a state-of-the-art, high-tech workplace. There are opportunities for people at every stage of their career, including those fresh out of high school and those looking to get a head start through internships and apprenticeships.

Looking for more good news? Manufacturing team members are some of the highest paid people in the workforce. The average pay and benefits for manufacturing team members in Louisiana is around $97,000, much higher than the average for most other industries.

If you’re on the hunt for a career that will excite, challenge, and reward you, modern manufacturing is the place to look. It’s a chance to make your mark on the world, to build a brighter future for everyone and to enjoy yourself every day. In other words, it’s a chance to be a creator.

Come take a look for yourself and get a firsthand look at modern manufacturing. At this Creators Wanted Tour event, you’ll have a chance to ask questions and take part in an immersive experience to see how you can build a future.

The tour is part of the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute’s Creators Wanted campaign, which is the manufacturing industry’s largest national effort to build the workforce of today and tomorrow. It’s sponsored by leading manufacturers of all sizes, including Dow. The tour combines elements of a job fair, a tech expo and a mobile “escape room” interactive puzzle, giving students and other attendees a true showcase of what the world of modern manufacturing looks like. And it’s a chance to test problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities, much like manufacturing teams do every day.

Even after the tour moves onto its next destination, the campaign can still help Louisianans find pathways into manufacturing careers, thanks to Creators Connect. Creators Connect is the first and only unified platform for career pathways, job openings and job training programs across the entire manufacturing sector, made possible through a collaboration with FactoryFix. The platform has more than 400,000 opportunities listed, including here in Baton Rouge and across the country. You can find Creators Connect and more about the Creators Wanted campaign and tour at

Whether you’re a job-seeker, a teacher, policy maker, community leader, or someone who’s just curious about what today’s modern manufacturing looks like, we invite you to attend. It’s your chance to discover new possibilities … and perhaps create your own future.

Jim Fitterling, CEO of Dow

Jim Fitterling is the chairman and CEO of Dow., and the chairman of the board of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Jay Timmons, CEO of NAM

Jay Timmons serves as NAM president and CEO and chairman of the board of the Manufacturing Institute.

To learn more about Creators Wanted or register for the event in Plaquemine, LA on April 26, visit


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