Popular Mechanics: Made in the USA

By February 19, 2008Economy

Popular Mechanics has now posted online its March feature story (and exceptional photos) on manufacturers who have prospered in the United States in the face of global competition: “Five American Manufacturers Doing It Right: Made in the USA.”

The package highlights:

  • Bulldozers, manufactured by Caterpillar in Peoria, Ill.
  • Wire baskets, produced by Marlin Steel Wire in Baltimore, Md.
  • Televisions, by Syntax-Brillian in Tempe, Az.
  • Farm equipment, manufactured by Case IH in Racine, Wisc. (including flexible fuel tractors).
  • Racing bikes, by American Bicycle Group in Ooltewah, Tenn.
  • The gist of it all:

    America’s manufacturing sales stagnated at the $4 trillion mark in the late 1990s. But then something surprising happened. America started selling again—finding more customers for tractors, steel, plastics, knives and medicines than ever before. Manufacturing sales hit a record $5 trillion in 2006, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.“People talk about a doomsday scenario for manufacturing, but that’s not the case,” says Vinod Singhal, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Management. “The best U.S. manufacturers have become more competitive, no doubt about it.”

    Very nicely done, but then, you can always rely on Popular Mechanics for clear and understandable reporting (and illustrations) on the practical side of engineering and technology.

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