Understanding the Impact of the Manufacturing Industry: Plans to Improve Your Business & Boost the U.S. Economy (Part I of V)

This is a five part blog series that recaps the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) whitepaper, Challenges Facing the Manufacturing Industry and Taking the First Steps toward the Revitalization of Manufacturing, which details challenges facing the manufacturing industry and various examples of how companies and industry organizations are currently working toward a better future.

The manufacturing industry is beginning to show signs of recovery. This is especially true in the St. Louis area. What better time to think about how to strengthen your company than when the manufacturing industry is rebuilding and growing. A look into the numbers shows nearly 6 million manufacturing jobs were lost in the U.S. from January 2000 to December 2009, but beginning January 2010, the industry added nearly 500,000 jobs over the past two years.

The manufacturing industry is critical to economic growth, prosperity, and a higher standard of living. It creates the most wealth, and generally pays higher wages and provides greater benefits on average, than other industries. It also performs almost two-thirds of private sector research & development, creates the highest number of jobs to support the industry while serving the surrounding communities, and contributes to more than 50 percent of the country’s total exports.

My upcoming blogs will tackle the following elements of the manufacturing industry:

Part II: The Surprising Challenge Facing the Manufacturing Industry

Part III: A Strategy to Improve Your Business & Strengthen the Manufacturing Industry

Part IV: Four Key Components of the Revitalization Strategy

Part V: Revitalizing the Manufacturing Industry: A Call to Action

Remember to contact Anders if these blog topics interest you and you want to take the next step to further grow your business or simply make it more efficient. We are able to give a unique perspective that can help continue to grow your business.