In January, the Trump Administration made a promise to increase manufacturing jobs in America, and it ignited a surge in discussions, pundit predictions and opinion pieces about the industry’s ability to compete, grow and succeed in a new and uncertain future.
This conversation is important. After all, manufacturing is America’s economic engine: In 2015 alone, manufacturers contributed $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy. Conservatively, based even on outdated definitions of what manufacturing jobs look like, manufacturing supports more than 18 million jobs. And manufacturers in the United States perform more than three-quarters of all private-sector research and development in America, driving more innovation than any other sector. The strength of our industry and the strength of our country are inextricably linked: To achieve full employment and to sustain our leadership in the world, America needs more manufacturing.