Many Americans aren’t aware of this industrial revolution. Old images persist of plant floors as low-tech, even gritty places. This misconception is a problem for manufacturers and contributes to lost opportunities for millions of U.S. workers.
Manufacturing significantly boosts a region’s economic health and vitality, due to higher wages and economic output.
The potential for manufacturing job growth is great. Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled because of baby boomer retirements and U.S. economic expansion, according to the Manufacturing Institute.