Manufacturing is an important local sector. Here are some manu-facts about Whatcom County:
The total value of goods and services produced in Whatcom County is almost $10 billion. Manufacturing represents 29 percent of that value, far ahead of Trade, Government, Health Care or Financial Activities.
Over 300 businesses in Whatcom County are classified Manufacturing – from a one person plastic injection molding company to the BP refinery with about 900 direct employees.
There are almost 9,000 jobs in Manufacturing representing 11 percent of all jobs in the county.
After declining for many years the Manufacturing economy is up, way up. Since the economic recovery started in 2009 manufacturing jobs have increased over 16% --- faster than any other sector.