Manufacturing is one of our region’s most important industries and a key contributor to the economies of both Southwest Washington and neighboring Oregon.

To help manufacturers in both states meet their workforce needs, we partner with the workforce councils in nearby Oregon. Working together as the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC), we meet with businesses to learn about their needs and bring together resources in education, training and employment services to help manufacturers attract and hire new talent or improve the skills of their existing employees.

Pharmaceutical Technician At Work

Resources for Manufacturers

Manufacturing Labor Market Report 2021 – The state of the manufacturing workforce in the six-county Southwest Washington-Portland Metro Area.

Manufacturing Workforce Plan 2019-2021 – Led by manufacturers and the needs they identified, a regional workforce development plan was created.

Manufacturing Video – Hear from some of Southwest Washington’s leading manufacturers in this four-minute video.

Manufacturing Survey – In October 2012, manufacturers in the region were surveyed about their workforce needs and trends.

Upcoming Manufacturing Meetings
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Manufacturing Workforce Plan

Under the guidance of local manufacturing companies, we developed a three-point plan to address manufacturing’s workforce challenges.

The plan’s goals are to:

  • Build a labor pipeline by attracting young people
  • Find work-ready candidates now
  • Strengthen the manufacturing community

We meet quarterly with manufacturing companies to gather information and present on strategies and achievement of plan goals.

Meet Your Manufacturing Rep

As Senior Project Manager for Manufacturing, Alyssa is your workforce development partner. She wants you to know about and benefit from the employment and training services funded through Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW).

From employee recruiting to training and retention, Alyssa can assess your workforce needs, identify opportunities, help develop solutions and connect you to resources to help your business grow and thrive.

Prior to joining WSW, Alyssa was a Vet Corps Navigator with the WA Department of Veterans Affairs. Based at Lower Columbia College, she assisted returning veterans and their families with reintegration, including helping them develop education goals and enroll in training and education programs.

A Navy veteran, Alyssa spent her time on the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) as a Quartermaster or navigation expert, performing ship control, driving, plotting, handling bridge watch duties and maintaining deck logs.

After leaving the service, Alyssa returned home to Longview and began her civilian career.

Alyssa Joyner, Senior Project Manager – Manufacturing


Reach out to Alyssa to schedule a meeting so you can learn about workforce development services for your manufacturing business.

Get Involved

To get involved in our manufacturing panel or receive notices of manufacturing meetings and/or the manufacturing e-newsletter,
please contact Alyssa Joyner, Senior Project Manager – Manufacturing, at or 503.410.0408.

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