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First Post: U.S. Domestic Manufacturing Association September 25, 2009

Posted by usdma2010 in Background, Manufacturing, Uncategorized.
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Today Domestic Manufacturing in the United States gets a voice.

I’m an engineer with an MBA and an American who loves manufacturing.  I’ve worked in other business sectors including finance and insurance so I think I could survive doing something else, but I love the complexity of the manufacturing environment. Nowhere else do you get to put so many different things and people together as you do in the manufacturing world.

My father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all manufacturing guys so that sort of makes me an industry brat.   I grew up in the Great Lakes states where automotive was king and the best job in the world was to be the president of General Motors.

As almost everyone is aware, U.S. manufacturing is shrinking daily.  Some people think this doesn’t matter – it’s just the natural order of things.  One former U.S. Senator said that just like buggy whip making went away, it doesn’t matter if we make anything.  He was from a wealthy banking family.  But what the Senator didn’t get is that a product is a service encapsulated

  •  a lawn mower replaces  cutting your lawn with scissors or a scythe
  •  a heart meter in a hospital replaces taking a sick patience’s pulse every minute (work commonly done by a service worker)
  • a machine gun owned by the military replaces hundreds of men engaged in hand-to-hand combat
  • a computer chip and software (both manufactured products) replace millions of bookeeping hours
  • and, for the Senator, a coin sorting machine replaces countless hours of counting change in a bank.

Oh, and one more thing, you can export a product a whole lot easier than you can export a service.  Of course some economists don’t believe that trade deficits matter.  If you fall into that category, we’ll address that in another blog.

I’ve been involved in groups who are trying to save the domestic manufacturing sector in the U.S. and that is what we’ll be blogging about here.



1. Chester Genghis - October 3, 2009

Yes, a product is a service encapsulated. It serves a need and provides value in the process. I would also argue that services cannot exist in a vacuum –products generate services and vice versa. Hence, the notion of a healthy, diverse, growing economy based solely on services is a myth.

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