Manufacturing in the U.S. has a bad wrap. Every time you turn around an article or news story bemoans the death of manufacturing jobs. But, I’m here to say manufacturing is alive and well in the United States. In fact, it’s so alive and so well we’ve created a special day to celebrate its endurance and growth.
Founded in 2012, Manufacturing Day strives to change the perception of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. This year, thousands of manufacturers will open their doors on October 6th so the public can see modern manufacturing at work and to inspire a new generation of workers.
As politicians often tell us, manufacturing is critically important to the U.S. economy. They’re right! For most of our history, manufacturing was the backbone of the economy (and the workers its arms, legs, and heart).
According to the National Association of Manufacturers, more that 12.3 million people work in manufacturing and that number continues to grow. illumiNITE manufacturers clothing, but our company (and the manufacturing industry) encompasses many industries with a broad range of skills, including research and development, product engineering, operations, maintenance, transportation, and administration.
Bottom line, a lot of people work in support of manufacturers. Take our sister company Accurate Service for example.
For more than 75 years, Accurate Service has provided apparel manufacturing, product development, and warehouse and fulfillment services in Fall River, MA. Accurate Service helps other U.S. based entrepreneurs turn an idea into a product and a product into a commodity, providing jobs and helping the economy.
Not bad for a days work.
Today we celebrate all the makers, thinkers, and innovators in this country’s manufacturing industry. So next time you’re out shopping, consider the stitchers, parts technicians, assembly line engineers, researchers, administrators, drivers, and maintenance staff who helped bring that product to market. Remember, we need a backbone to survive (and not collapse into a pile of fleshy mush). Supporting American manufacturing helps us all because we’re all in this together.
Happy Manufacturing Day!