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Toys R Up! November 30, 2015

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2nd Annual US Toy Manufacturing Survey

This is not a product endorsement but rather an observation. When I visited Norton’s USA (a store in the Chicago area that sells only American made goods) a few years ago, the number of toys made in America could practically be counted on one hand.  Now the count shows 473 items in the toy category. While mine was not a scientific survey and some of the toys sold at this shop are not very sophisticated, it is a positive development when American toy designers and inventors realize that it is better in every way to have their ideas brought to life in America.

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(What’s Left of) Our Economy: More Evidence that Manufacturing’s Productivity Growth is Slowing: USDMA  member Alan Tonelson on the promise and problems of measuring productivity.  October 8, 2015

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Source: (What’s Left of) Our Economy: More Evidence that Manufacturing’s Productivity Growth is Slowing

Unemployment Rate By HBCU State – August 2015 October 6, 2015

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Source: Unemployment Rate By HBCU State – August 2015

“U.S. Manufacturing at a crossroads” (via – Manufacturing Renaissance) November 15, 2010

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A report on the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy.

A new study by the Manufacturing Institute (NAM) illuminates a critical reality in the future of U.S. manufacturing: while domestic manufacturing continues to be a cornerstone of the U.S. economy, it faces significant challenges that threaten its health as the current economic climate intensifies external costs and competition from abroad. The Facts, a report produced in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Manufacturers Alliance/ M … Read More

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

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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.