This week has been proclaimed Manufacturing Week in the Granite State.
Beginning today, more than 50 manufacturers, community colleges and career and technical education centers throughout the state will host open houses for students to visit and learn about the industry.
On Thursday, about 200 people are expected for the 11th annual Governor's Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester, sponsored by the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership, New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and the New Hampshire High Technology Council.
"This is an important week because manufacturing is the backbone of our economy and there are good career opportunities available," said Commissioner Jeffrey Rose of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development.
There are about 2,000 manufacturers in the state, employing more than 66,000 people, according to the state.