This is the Weekend — Celebrating Jamestown 400

By May 12, 2007General

It’s a big weekend for manufacturing in the United States, full of history, full of celebration.

In the Jamestown area of Virginia, three days of events are under way to mark the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in North America.

The National Association of Manufacturers is proud to a partner in Jamestown 400.

For you see, when we celebrate the birth of America, we also celebrate the birth of manufacturing in what would become this country.

In 1607, Jamestown was established by men with the Virginia Company of London, chartered by King James I. It was a joint-stock company, financed by selling shares.

The settlers – the businessmen – looked around and saw abundant raw materials: sand and timber for fuel. They recognized that Virginia was a promising spot to manufacture glass.

So over the next year, they brought in artisans from Germany and Poland, and set up a glass-blowing factory. The finished product was shipped back to England.

Manufacturing, commerce, trade, investment and risk taking – all activities that have made America an economic powerhouse and a beacon of liberty. They all got their start in Jamestown 400 years ago.

Now that really is something to celebrate.