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The Changing Face of American Manufacturing

May 21st, 2015
The Changing Face of American Manufacturing

Back in the 1970’s, Manufacturing was the American economy’s bread and butter. According to the U.S Department of Labor, as many as twenty million Americans were employed in the manufacturing industry during the disco decade. Today, that figure has fallen to around twelve million.

 

But this isn’t exactly breaking news. We’ve all heard about the outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs to factories in China and India on the evening news. We’ve heard about cities like Detroit struggling to find their footing as factories close and jobs move elsewhere. What me night not have heard, is that that there’s a renewed push to bring manufacturing jobs back home.

 

A recent article in Forbes by Thomas Roemer, a senior lecturer in the Sloan School of Management at MIT, outlines the argument for a refocusing our attention on domestic manufacturing.

 

To begin with, the Roemer argues that it’s not really all that cost effective to import goods manufactured in Southeast Asia anymore. By virtue of America’s superior workforce infrastructure, the average American worker is roughly ten to twelve times as productive as a Chinese worker. Manufacturing in America might cost more, but that added cost comes out in the wash when weighed against the price of importing all of our manufactured goods.

 

But that’s not the only reason to bring manufacturing home, says Roemer. Shifting our reliance to domestic manufacturing has the potential to dramatically reduce energy consumption. Commerce and distribution companies such as Amazon also stand to benefit from the short delivery times afforded by domestic manufacturing. And then there are all the intangibles – the civic pride that comes with home-grown manufacturing, the emotional connection to items “Made in the USA.” Domestic manufacturing, according to Roemer, has the potential to revitalize not only the economy, but also the morale of America’s workforce.

 

At HTS Amptek, we’re proud to be a part of the twelve million Americans that still rely on manufacturing for their livelihood. Give us a call today, and learn more about our products, designed and manufactured right here at home in America.

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