Manufacturing Facts They Don’t Get in Washington

MANUFACTURING: THE ENGINE OF AMERICA

 The following fact sheet was assembled by the team at Vanamatic Company to spell out their concerns to their Senator.

This is as articulate a case as we have seen. Too bad they don’t get it in Washington D.C..

Manufacturing is the country’s productivity powerhouse: a strong and vibrant manufacturing sector is a critical component in our country’s long-term economic future.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said that productivity growth is “perhaps the single most important determinant of average living standards.”

  • 1987 thru 2005, manufacturing productivity grew by 94%, roughly 2 1/2 times faster than the 38% increase in productivity in the rest of the business sector.

With productivity comes higher wages.
  • Manufacturing jobs pay 23% more than the rest of the workforce.
  • Every $1.00 of manufacturing sales supports $1.37 in other sectors.  Educational, healthcare, and social services support $.70.
  • Every manufacturing job supports as many as 4 other jobs.

We've been reducing CO2 as a matter of good business.

  • Manufacturing CO2 emissions have dropped by 6% compared to a 38% increase in other sectors.

Reducing energy needed to produce as well.

  • Energy requirements per $1.00 of GDP have dropped by almost 50% in the last 30 years.  Half of the reduction is attributed to increases in energy efficiencies of industrial manufacturing.

Who will pick up the jobs if manufacturing continues to decline?

  • Manufacturing has declined from 25% in the 1950s to 12% of the GDP in 2005.
  • The U.S. has lost over 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2000.
  • Individual net worth has declined by 25% since 1999. 
  • 2/3rds of private sector R&D in the United States is done by manufacturer.
  • More than 1 in 6 U.S. private sector jobs depends on the manufacturing base. 
  • Future Growth Lies with Manufacturing 

What do you think about the Administration ‘s and Congress’  current treatment of Manufacturers? 

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3 Responses to Manufacturing Facts They Don’t Get in Washington

  1. Jeff Mayer says:

    I can agree with most of what is said here, however I would like to point out that many large public companies don’t get it either. Many have starved domestic operations for capital while investing heavily overseas in an attempt to grow profits endlessly. This has resulted in the decline of manufacturing jobs here and I beleive ultimately lead to the demise of GM and Chrysler (I beleive there is more to come). American corporate arrogance and irresponsible government regulation and lax oversight have combined into a powerful force working against we the people!

    • Uncle Sam says:

      Productivity has always lead to job loss look what it has done to agriculture. However the more productive you are the more competitive your buisness is.

      I wonder when the day will come when we can all kick back and collect benifits as robots do our work.

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