ARLINGTON, VA. (Dec. 29, 11 a.m. ET) – A new report by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) provides a snapshot of American manufacturing.
“Many products manufactured in the United States escape the public's notice because they are not on the shelves of big box retailers,” said MAPI economist Donald Norman, in a news release. “But products made in America are all around us and are part of our everyday life.”
Some examples from the report include:
Components: actuators (motors for moving or controlling a mechanism or system); aviation restraints; fire hose nozzles; friction modifiers (additives used in lubricants to reduce the surface friction of lubricated parts); industrial band saw blades; medical cabinets; surgical face mask filters; and vinyl siding.
Consumer Goods: air filters; airless paint sprayers; cutting tools; hard hats; lipstick; microwave containers; security access devices; and solar window coverings;
Machinery/Equipment: buses; compression latches; dental chairs; drilling rigs; electric motors; elevators; locomotives; pneumatic valves; and last but not least, spectrophotometers—special machines calibrated to duplicate the human eye's response to color—used by manufacturers to ensure products (such as packaging, coatings, and textiles) are the exact color ordered.
U.S. manufacturing production has expanded since the middle of 2009, with the exception of the second quarter of 2011, Norman said.
“The truth is that the manufacturing sector is helping to lead the U.S. economy back to a more normal growth rate,” he said.