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Why Embracing American Made Manufacturing Is Important

Our last blog discussed the booming automotive industry in North and South Carolina and how this particular piece of the U.S. economy has recovered from the recession. In thinking about this progression along with October’s Manufacturing Day and the upcoming American Made Matters Day, we’re thrilled to see U.S. manufacturing is clearly on the positive path. At Carolina Scales, we keep up with the latest manufacturing trends, and it’s exciting to see major growth in our area of business.

We do our part to support the industry. The majority of our equipment, especially the Rice Lake brand, is made in the country, and we have plenty of other offerings with the same setup. We’re not the only ones who realize the importance—companies from Wal-Mart to Apple are making the commitment to keep products made in the U.S.

Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.2 million jobs in the U.S., according to the National Association of Manufacturers, and if taken alone, U.S. manufacturing would be the 10th largest economy in the world. It’s clearly a huge sector—with the power and propensity to hire millions of Americans and build for the generation—and we believe it’s important to keep products and, most importantly, jobs made in America.

In October, the industry added almost 20,000 jobs, according to the Alliance for American Manufacturing, bringing the total gain for 2013 up to 35,000 thus far. Now is the time to embrace our country’s workforce and production to keep these upward trends moving, and we’re looking forward to helping make this a long-term trend.

Want to learn more about our products and how we support our industry? Get more information on our website.

The Carolinas Are a Manufacturing Powerhouse

Manufacturers in the United States are debating whether or not their industry is going through what people are calling a renaissance. In the past several years, following the 2008 financial crisis, Americans across all fields have had worries. Now that it looks like manufacturing is making a return to North America, as a result of heightening overseas wages and other factors, manufacturers are hoping to bring production home, and the Carolinas are ahead of the curve.

North Carolina was ranked the fourth best state in the country for the manufacturing industry, reports USA Today. Production of cars, firearms, food, and other items are making their way to both states. Even though North Carolina is ranking higher than its southern counterpart, South Carolina has brought in big name brands like BMW and Boeing.

The manufacturer surge to the Carolinas is playing a big role in both states’ economies, and efforts are being made to train the next generation of Carolinian manufacturers. Francis Marion University, a local South Carolina college, recently created new degrees to train students to be that next wave of industrial engineers, according to NBC.

It’s been a bad decade for manufacturing jobs nationwide, with 2.5 million jobs lost from the field. As domestic production continues to rise, industry leaders are becoming more hopeful that production in the United States will continue to prosper over the years. With a wave of companies moving their manufacturing operations to the Carolinas, and efforts to train new workers, North and South Carolina could be the face of the U.S. manufacturing renaissance.