It’s not hard to find an article online today about manufacturing’s return to the U.S. But to borrow a turn of phrase from the musician Prince, whoever is claiming they are bringing manufacturing back: manufacturing never left.
The attention to the industry is nice, and the hopefully helpful policies being set in place during this push for American manufacturing have been a long time coming. But one of the struggles of manufacturing has been to recruit qualified, dedicated workers to industry. The public perception that America is making a big push for the return of manufacturing holds with it some connotation that it is a risky industry to be in. After all, what if that push for a return, fails?
But manufacturing is not a startup company, nor is it an industry on its last legs. The same can be said for the metalcasting industry, although end-users have voiced their doubts due to a consolidation of the industry and drastic drop in the number of plants in the last 50 years.
But just as U.S. manufacturing as a whole still makes up a considerable portion of the U.S. (and global) economy, the metalcasting industry also pumps out a significant amount of the world’s castings. Some facts to remember:
Manufacturing is having a resurgence in public opinion, but let’s not forget manufacturing’s longevity.
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