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Manufacturing Day 2014

Since our company began in the 1950s, we’ve become known for installing and servicing mechanical truck scales throughout the Southeast and have grown from a small sales and services scales company to a quality supplier of industrial sales equipment, material batching and blending, data collection, and other services. We work closely with a variety of shipping, freight, energy, construction, and consumer product companies throughout the country. They constantly rely on our products and services for their day-to-day operations. This is one of the many reasons why we support manufacturing in America and manufacturing day on Friday, October 3, 2014.

Manufacturing day is meant to address common misperceptions about the manufacturing industry as a whole. It also encourages manufacturers to welcome in guests and show them their manufacturing facilities. According to the official Manufacturing Day Organization, manufacturers will be able to make the public aware of the lack of skilled labor, promote manufacturing to young students, and portray manufacturing in a positive light.

Regardless of your location throughout the country, there is sure to be a Manufacturing Day event close to you. Visit the Manufacturing Day website to find an event nearby where manufacturers are inviting guests into their companies and to learn more about the fascinating manufacturing industry. A variety of schools, organizations, and other institutions are also participating in manufacturing day by hosting events.

American manufacturers are currently manufacturing more than they ever used to, with output at record levels. Although manufacturing in America is at record levels, many people are concerned about jobs in related fields. For example, the type of work is changing, with the U.S. manufacturing things like jet engines, and advanced technology. The shift from simpler manufacturing of electronics to complex products has caused a change in the number of manufacturing jobs and the pay. Manufacturers are working tirelessly to address this and to portray American manufacturing in a favorable light.

We are proud to be a part of America’s growing and robust manufacturing sector. Our clients, distributors, and employees each contribute great things to American manufacturing.

How Exports Accelerate U.S. Manufacturing

Fotosearch_k10370701In our previous blog, we explored the booming manufacturing industry in North Carolina and South Carolina.  What we learned from that research is that the resurgence in American manufacturing isn’t limited to the Carolinas—in fact, other areas of the country are benefiting from this new industrial production revival.

Across the U.S., manufacturing has been seeing growth for months, and some experts expect elements such as factory orders and increased employment to get even better moving forward, thanks to increases in manufactured exports. The Boston Consulting Group released an article that details expectations for an additional 5 million new manufacturing jobs by 2020. This surge is based on export increases and cost decreases.

Has the U.S. become the location for lower cost manufacturing that could make these theories a reality? A few years ago, the general consensus throughout the country would have likely been “no,” but that attitude has changed with the recent trend of major companies bringing production back to the U.S. In what is being called a manufacturing renaissance by some, BCG claims that the U.S. is becoming one of the least expensive manufacturing nations in the developed world.

“Despite all the public focus on the U.S. trade deficit, little attention has been paid to the fact that the country’s exports have been growing more than seven times faster than GDP since 2005,” the report said. “As a share of the U.S. economy… exports are at their highest point in 50 years.”

By the end of the decade, these exports have the potential to rein in anywhere from $70 billion to $115 billion on an annual basis. European and Japanese companies sending work to the U.S., along with the re-shoring of production from China won’t just be bringing in money for American manufacturers—but also millions of jobs. It’s clear that exports are the most important piece of the manufacturing puzzle.