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[Infographic] Does US Manufacturing Need a Savior?

Apparently, US manufacturing needs a ‘messiah’. Industry 4.0 and services are being touted as potential ‘saviors’, but hold your horses, why is there this perception that manufacturing in the USA needs rescuing? It’s time to get to the crux of this…

It’s a sad statement to have to make, but US manufacturers are often their own worst enemy, with many industry insiders ‘attacking’ manufacturing in the USA rather than championing this valuable sector.

Consequently, sensationalist claims are spreading across social media like wildfire, bloggers are blasting the industry, and all these voices are ‘shouting’ the same thing – “US manufacturing is in need of a savior.” Some manufacturers have felt inclined to agree, boldly stepping forward to pitch their products and services as potential ‘saviors’.

All the while, the world is watching on, witnessing US manufacturing tear itself apart and for what? A ‘belief’ that this powerful industry needs saving from global competitors. Those condemning US manufacturing are right, it does need saving

US Manufacturing Does Need a Savior


US manufacturing needs saving from its own negativity.

…But, they’re wrong in thinking that it needs saving from ‘outside’ influences. In fact, it needs saving from itself – namely those slamming the very industry that helped to shape the America we see today. We need to stop buying into the scaremongering headlines and hearsay that depict US manufacturing as powerless and ‘on its knees’.

Is this not the nation long seen as the leader in manufacturing innovation? Is this not the country that exports USA made goods to global consumers? Is this not the nation where many of the world’s leading manufacturers call home? Is this not the land that commissions its manufacturers to go out to all the world and spread US pioneered ideas?

We say, yes. Manufacturing in the US has survived for hundreds of years and today, we would argue that it’s stronger than ever. In fact, we’d go as far as saying that manufacturing is saving us, as opposed to the industry needing a savior.

Is the sector perfect? No. But manufacturing is far from needing a ‘messiah’ and it’s foolish to think that it does. It’s our duty, as manufacturers, to uphold the industry - in good times and bad.

What we say about manufacturing in the US is being monitored, closely!


What we say about US manufacturing has far-reaching consequences.

Criticizing the state of manufacturing in the US only serves to empower other global superpowers. They’re watching on, hoping to capitalize on the uncertainty created by the US manufacturing sector itself.

Every time we put out - in the public domain - that US manufacturing is in crisis, it gives other countries the opportunity to poach staff worried about their futures. It tempts American-based companies to offshore their manufacturing processes, fearing that the industry is on the brink of collapse.

It’s time to cut out the manufacturing trash talk and go back to the root of what makes the industry great and how valuable it is, not just to the US, but to the global economy. ‘USA made’ carries weight and that’s what we need to be echoing in the public domain.

Let’s make strides to improve manufacturing productivity in the US and not be the authors of the industry’s demise.



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Daniel Waldron

Daniel Waldron

Head of Content at Armagard
11 years+ a copywriter, Daniel joined Armagard in November 2013. Daniel is the company's Head of Content and specialises in the production of web copy, articles, blogs, press releases and white papers, for use by Armagard's marketing team.
Daniel Waldron
Daniel Waldron
  • The numbers are right but the conclusion is not. For example, mfg. being 26% of growth since 2009, is more an indication of how deep manufacturing declined than how fast it has recovered.Try the same comparison from 2006 to 2016.
    The key fact is that our trade deficit in goods, excluding petroleum, is equal to about 30% of our mfg. output. Such a deficit is not sustainable.

    • Harry, always love your insights! I agree with your statement. Hope to hear from the author (I forwarded your comment to him) soon.

      • Thanks. I appreciate your content and support.

        • Hi Harry, I did not make this clear, but the stats in the infographic and the blog Daniel wrote are two separate things. Therefore the conclusion by Daniel is not necessarily based on the stats. The 26% seems to come from the Department of Treasury.

          • Nevertheless, we have a goods trade deficit, excluding petroleum, of $500 billion/year. Long term unsustainable. Balancing trade will increase mfg. by 25%, increasing incomes and productivity, reducing the budget deficit and pollution. Yes mfg. needs to be saved. We do not need a savior, we need millions of saviors to make better sourcing and policy decisions and improve competitiveness.

          • Well said, Harry! It takes all of us to truly move forward. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Tony E. Madison

    Why do we need a savior? The words I hear are from outside the country, why does that pertain to U.S. manufacturing? Are we asking can we sell to other countries at the rate they are selling to us? If we are, the question is why are they selling to us, would it be because we are the market.

    There are so many tools available to manufacturing concerns that can cut the cost of U.S. quality product production. And while doing so we can also cut the price to the customer handling U.S. made products. We have, to this point not begun to think strategically as an industry, which will be necessary for an environment where our competitors work as a single unit producing what is necessary. While we, work as individual organizations trying to maximize profit and not customer loyalty.

    American manufacturing being as close to the largest market in the world for our goods, have yet to take advantage of our advantages. If we think independently we will struggle if we think as ONE NATION UNDER GOD. We will defeat our competition. We need to change gears, and up to this time we have not, all we need is ourselves.

    God Bless American Manufacturing

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