Thomas Industry Network
February 14, 2018
It’s Valentine’s Day, and love is definitely in the air. But at Thomas, we just have one thing in our hearts: manufacturing.
We love the industry, the companies that make it run, and the people that make it great. After all, since 1898, we’ve been helping manufacturing companies grow, so you might say we’re in a bit of a committed relationship.
There are so many reasons to love manufacturing. Here are our top five.
It’s Always On The Cutting Edge
Even the best relationships fall into a rut now and then. But not manufacturing. There’s always something new, something exciting, and something awesome in the works. In fact, American manufacturing innovations have helped shape the country since it was founded, and today new technologies like automation, wearables, 3D printing, drones, and the IoT continue to push the boundaries of what is possible.
Putting People To Work And Bread On The Table
The manufacturing industry accounts for nearly 9 percent of the American workforce. That means a lot of lives — and a lot of livelihoods — depend on the industry. It’s great news, then, that the unemployment rate within the industry is at a historic low point, and that manufacturers continue to hire workers throughout the country. That just warms our hearts.
The Economy Depends On It
The manufacturing industry doesn’t just support the people who make up its workforce, it is really the backbone of the American — and international — economies. Manufacturers contributed more than $2.2 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016, and for every dollar spent within the industry, another $1.81 is added to the economy.
It’s Saving Lives And Making Them Better
3D printing and additive manufacturing represent the next frontier in manufacturing. They also represent the next frontier in the medical field. Doctors and scientists are teaming up to leverage 3D printing for everything from external prosthetics to internal implants. In the pharmaceutical industry, it’s being used to lower costs and improve treatment. What’s not to love about a cutting-edge industry with a big heart?
It’s For Everyone
It’s always awkward when your significant other and your friends don’t get along. Fortunately, that’s not a problem in the manufacturing industry, which has got to be one of the most inclusive sectors of the economy. Nearly 30 percent of the workforce is made up of women, and that number is rising. Young professionals are working side-by-side with seasoned veterans, and manufacturing businesses are attracting workers in rural locales and big cities alike.