For as long as I can remember, America has been a nation of builders, creators and manufacturers. It has been that for so long that many of us are not really sure what to do next. There was a time where businesses thought that as manufacturing slowed the service industry would pick up the slack. This has not been the case. The slack was taken over, for a time, with a bubble industry which started out great and seemed to be providing the boost that this economy needed but as we all know this was short lived. As we being to restore our manufacturing base, it will answer many if not all of the economic questions which now exist. Jobs will become more readily available and the ability to purchase the items being manufactured will increase as well. In order to compete in a global economy, we must stick to what we do best and better than any other country.
“Growth in Chinese manufacturing picked up pace in September, a survey showed Friday, adding to evidence that China’s economic recovery remains on track.” “The state-affiliated China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said its purchasing managers index, or PMI, rose to 53.8 in September from 51.7 in August. Numbers above 50 show manufacturing activity expanding.” “On Wednesday a competing index, the HSBC China Manufacturing PMI — a seasonally adjusted index designed to measure the performance of the manufacturing economy — rose in September to 52.9 from 51.9 in August.” “Numbers above 50 show manufacturing activity expanding.” (Unknown Author, 10/1/10, Associated Press, China manufacturing gathers momentum in September, Retrieved from www.finance.yahoo.com).
I have patented three inventions which could be vital in the restoration of our manufacturing industry but because I do not have the pedigree or credit score necessary to obtain financial help for traditional lenders, I may never see those inventions coming off any assembly line. To sell these inventions to manufacturers currently operating would basically mean no assurance that these jobs would stay here in the United States. We can all remember when towns, cities and communities were built by manufacturing because of the proximity of those who lived and worked there. Some may be able to remember how one plant was able to support a medium sized town. Many may remember how it felt to look at an item and see the stamp of “made in America”. We remember when an eight hour day meant something more when you walked into a store and saw an item that you may have had something to do with creating.
We are a nation of creators and it is imperative that we get back to that. Manufacturing did more than just put food on the table and a roof over your head; it allowed your children the freedom to pursue their dreams of science, technology or other suits which are now seldom heard of. Our numbers used to be similar to those mentioned above like China but since more businesses have been seeking to increase profit they have been able to relocate overseas for cheaper labor. With the possibility of finally creating high speed rail here in this country and green jobs, maybe now we will be able to re-introduce ourselves to manufacturing making the things that we need to succeed.