The following fact sheet was assembled by the team at Vanamatic Company to spell out their concerns to their Senator.
This is as articulate a case as we have seen. Too bad they don’t get it in Washington D.C..
Manufacturing is the country’s productivity powerhouse: a strong and vibrant manufacturing sector is a critical component in our country’s long-term economic future.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said that productivity growth is “perhaps the single most important determinant of average living standards.”

  • 1987 thru 2005, manufacturing productivity grew by 94%, roughly 2 1/2 times faster than the 38% increase in productivity in the rest of the business sector.

With productivity comes higher wages.
  • Manufacturing jobs pay 23% more than the rest of the workforce.
  • Every $1.00 of manufacturing sales supports $1.37 in other sectors.  Educational, healthcare, and social services support $.70.
  • Every manufacturing job supports as many as 4 other jobs.
We've been reducing CO2 as a matter of good business.
  • Manufacturing CO2 emissions have dropped by 6% compared to a 38% increase in other sectors.
Reducing energy needed to produce as well.
  • Energy requirements per $1.00 of GDP have dropped by almost 50% in the last 30 years.  Half of the reduction is attributed to increases in energy efficiencies of industrial manufacturing.
Who will pick up the jobs if manufacturing continues to decline?
  • Manufacturing has declined from 25% in the 1950s to 12% of the GDP in 2005.
  • The U.S. has lost over 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2000.
  • Individual net worth has declined by 25% since 1999. 
  • 2/3rds of private sector R&D in the United States is done by manufacturer.
  • More than 1 in 6 U.S. private sector jobs depends on the manufacturing base. 
  • Future Growth Lies with Manufacturing 

What do you think about the Administration ‘s and Congress’  current treatment of Manufacturers?