Optimism for American Manufacturing

I spent a good amount of time in the past few months researching manufacturing industry news and trends. As I bounced from website to website I couldn’t help but feel the underlying optimism that good things are on the horizon. Here are a few snippets from recent articles:

“Today, our manufacturing industry is adding jobs — more than 620,000 over the last four years. “But the economy has changed,” President Obama said. “And if we want to attract more good manufacturing jobs to America, we’ve got to make sure we’re on the cutting edge of new manufacturing techniques and technologies.” – Taken from The White House Blog.

“The shale mining industry’s rising demand for materials and equipment along with the abundance of cheap fuel are fueling a modest renaissance in American manufacturing, according to a report prepared by IHS Global insight for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.” – Taken from CNBC.

“It remains unlikely that the United States will be the manufacturing powerhouse that it was during the 1950s and 1960s, but many factors are suggesting that the US industrial sector will continue to gain market share.” – Taken from Business Insider.

“Orders for durable goods increased 2.2 percent last month following a 1.3 percent drop in January, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The February rebound was led by a 13.6 percent surge in orders for commercial aircraft. Orders for motor vehicles and parts rose 3.6 percent, recovering from a January decline.” – Taken from The Advocate.

A few different reasons were given for the overall upswing in manufacturing and there’s still concerns about the environmental impact of some industries, but the basic sentiment found in these, and many other, articles is that a good chunk of that prosperity is going to happen right here in America. There’s a renewed faith and investment happening in the education and health of workers. There’s a manic interest to develop and manufacture groundbreaking products that move the market. Supply chains are faster and more cohesive. Customers demand and receive a better product. Making and owning better products increases pride and that kind of pride is optimistic and contagious.

We all play an integral part in manufacturing American pride by taking pride in American manufacturing. Let’s get to work.

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