Reeling from negative press relating to Walmart’s long and ugly history of forcing U.S. based manufacturers to relocate overseas, Walmart announced that the company would be investing $250 billion in new, American-made products. In an attempt to appeal to the 80 percent of U.S. shoppers who prefer to buy products that are made in the United States, the Walmart corporation plastered its website…
“Ten years ago on this day in September, the last Maytag refrigerator moved down the assembly line in Galesburg, Illinois, a quiet little city of 32,000 on the western edge of the Rust Belt. Workers signed the white appliance with a black Sharpie as it passed, said their goodbyes, and left to start new lives.”
An employee loads a the first skillet pattern into our new Disamatic, the machine that makes sand molds. The second photo shows one half of a a sand mold made by this pattern. Once a sand mold is made, molten iron is poured in to it, where it hardens in the shape of a skillet.
As a part of this year’s foundry expansion, we added one new Disamatic machine, bringing our count up to three.
- Rising exports and production in the U.S. could create 2.5 to 5 million jobs by 2020, reducing the unemployment rate, which is now at 7.4% to as low as 4.4%. (From a report released by The Boston Consulting Group)
- 12 million Americans are directly employed by manufacturers. Two decades ago, 17 million Americans were employed by manufactures.
- “The U.S. is steadily becoming one of the lowest-cost countries for manufacturing in the developed world.” (BCG)
- The U.S. made only 11% of the the world’s manufactured exports in 2011. In 2000, we made 19% of them. In the same time period, China rose from making just 7% of exports to almost 21% . The European Union has stayed comparatively steady, slipping to 20% from 22%.
- One of the biggest struggles for U.S. manufacturers is finding the skilled workers to manage sophisticated, computer-controlled machinery.
I was commissioned to create this video to “Celebrate American Manufacturing”. Footage was gathered from over 30 manufacturers through out the USA, with additional footage from pond5.com. Igor Nemirovsky was hired to create the music. Enjoy.