Manufacturing matters! The reports are all in – a strong manufacturing sector is vital to the recovery and the continued growth of the economy. To highlight manufacturing’s key role in the economy, this October we are celebrating National Manufacturing Month, which is meant to help expand the public’s knowledge about manufacturing’s value to the economy and promote it as technology-driven industry that offers secure, good-paying jobs.
There are abundant benefits associated with using a U.S. manufacturer. The first one that comes to all of our minds is that it creates jobs and helps put more Americans back to work. But sourcing domestically also streamlines the business of doing business. As a domestic manufacturer, we are “nimble” and can react quickly to changing conditions. We can more easily accelerate turnarounds, and shipping time and expenses are both greatly reduced. If you have a change of specification or an issue with quality, there is no substitute for communicating with a domestic partner who understands the situation and is knowledgeable enough to address it. Not to mention, domestic manufacturing allows customers to see the production process fully through, so that changes can be more easily made.
We are proud contributors to “Made in America.” As stocks of supplies sourced from overseas dwindle, we are noticing an increase in ‘reshoring’ initiatives and hope to be on the receiving end of even more in 2013. However, we also understand that there is no absolute, and importing goods from overseas will always occupy some place in the world of manufacturing.
In the recovering economy, the benefits of manufacturing in the U.S. continue to far outweigh the once lower costs of going overseas. Supporting American manufacturers supports growth, and we are happy that October has been set aside as a time to reflect on the success of American manufacturing and what it means to improving economic conditions.