What does “Made in America” mean to you?

The Fourth of July is more than fireworks, parades, cookouts and a day off. It’s a day that we recognize our country’s independence.

Products that are made in the USA are making a comeback, and consumers respond. Time published this article back in April about the resurgence of Made-in-the-USA manufacturing. The article painted a picture of present-day American manufacturing plants:

Today’s U.S. factories aren’t the noisy places where your grandfather knocked in four bolts a minute for eight hours a day. Dungarees and lunch pails are out; computer skills and specialized training are in, since the new made-in-America economics is centered largely on cutting-edge technologies. The trick for U.S. companies is to develop new manufacturing techniques ahead of global competitors and then use them to produce goods more efficiently on superautomated factory floors.

I’ve had the opportunity to tell the stories of many U.S. manufacturers and the one topic that comes up the most is the need for skilled workers in the industry. The increase in products made in the U.S. is closely related to the increase in skilled manufacturing employees.

The bottom line is that manufacturing products in the U.S. and buying U.S.-made products helps. For every $1 spent on U.S. manufacturing, $1.48 goes back into our economy.

What does “Made in America” mean to you?

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  1. David Moore

    Great article, John. Have you read “Shop Class as Soul Craft?” Great book that talks about this as key to our economic future.

  2. Jason Troutman

    Refreshing Article! However I’ve sold for a Northeast PA electrical distributor for the last 13 years and most of my accounts are industrial. I’ve seen 6 plants close over this period which happens to be about 10% of my manufacturing customer base and one recently reopened. We seen a resurgence in Northern PA and New York as a result of the Gas Companies moving in. Hospitality, Schools and Food Processing remained strong and healthy during this period but as a whole only a small increase in production at manufacturing plants.

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