Independence Day

By Rachel Kerstetter, PR Architect Our team, like many others, is taking today off. The Fourth of July is more than fireworks, parades, cookouts and a day off. It’s a day that we celebrate our country’s independence. All of the red, white and blue that comes out for Independence Day brings U.S. manufacturing to mind. Did you know... Each dollar spent in manufacturing contributes $1.40 to the economy? The majority of manufacturing companies in the U.S. are small?  Manufacturing supports 18.4 million U.S. jobs? In 2014, the average manufacturing employee made $79,533? Taken alone, manufacturing in the U.S. would be the 9th largest world economy? These stats came from NAM (the National Association of Manufacturers). You can find these and other facts about U.S. manufacturing on their website. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!read more >

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? Related Post: Made in America: It Still Matters!read more >