The manufacturing industry has always been an important foundation of the U.S. economy. From glass and ceramics that are critical to automotive, food, medical, construction, and electronics manufacturing to other discrete and process industries, manufacturing is vital. In fact, current research indicates that no other sector creates more economic value or supports more additional jobs than manufacturing.
In our current climate, manufacturing is getting a lot of attention for a number of reasons. For example, a study by the National Association for Manufacturers, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, and The Manufacturing Institute highlights two key items:¹