The Manufacturing and Logistics sectors play important roles throughout Nevada’s economy in the North and South. Many key industries in the state are linked to manufacturing and logistics such as mining, natural resources, tourism and gaming, and construction.
The production of both consumer durable and non-durable goods holds a very important place in Nevada’s economy. Manufacturing firms are not necessarily reliant on local demand for their goods. Their location depends more on local factors such as the quality and availability of the labor force, transportation infrastructure, non-wage labor costs, access to innovative technologies, and the overall cost of doing business.
Although manufacturing is a key economic driver, Nevada's manufacturing industry is particularly sensitive to a shortage of skilled workers despite the existence of many highly paid jobs. Apprenticeship programs and manufacturing skills certifications are needed to create and maintain an adequately skilled workforce.
Logistics and Operations include logistics, distribution, transportation, and internet fulfillment operations. There is a strong existing infrastructure in Nevada for a wide range of distribution, logistics, and related operations, as well as for air cargo and passenger transportation, with significant cost and regulatory advantages compared to neighboring states.
Nevada can become a western hub of transport and operations, an "inland port", because of its locational and geographic advantage, but achieving that will require building a skilled and available workforce.