NAMPA — Manufacturing jobs are not the same as they were 40 years ago, said Sheri Johnson, executive director of the Southwest Idaho Manufacturers’ Alliance, at the 2019 Made Here Expo. The expo aims to “inspire the next generation of manufacturers.” 

The event on Wednesday at the Ford Idaho Center coincides with Manufacturing Month. It brought in over 60 exhibitors, manufacturers and companies from the Treasure Valley alone. Johnson said she was expecting 1,500 attendees, including over 1,000 local students.

“There are lots of great companies making stuff here,” Johnson said. “We are trying to plant the seed that these jobs exist.”

With an area unemployment rate at 3% or lower, manufacturing companies across the valley are “providing greater benefits, raising

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