A lot of products these days come with some sort of tag or sticker stating that they were made in China, Taiwan, Mexico, or any number of countries other than the United States, but manufacturing is far from dead in America. There are many U.S. based manufacturing companies that are achieving a good deal of success. Here are some Secrets of Success in U.S. Manufacturing.
Manufacturing Global reveal the top 10 U.S. based production and manufacturing firms to work for in 2015, and many of the companies are respectably ranked among all workplaces, not just those in their industry. Eight out of the ten also are rated in the top 100 places to work overall. The top ten includes
- Hilcorp in Houston, TX – oil and natural gas
- Stryker in Kalamazoo, MI – medical devices
- Devon Energy in Oklahoma City, OK – oil and gas
- Arthrex in Naples , FL – medical devices
- WL Gore & Associates in Newark, DE – variety of materials including electrical equipment, fabric, filtration, medical devices, pharmaceuticals
- EOG Resources in Houston, TX – oil and gas
- JM Family Enterprises in Deerfield Beach, FL – automotive distribution
- Mars in McLean, VA – Food, Candy, and Pet Care
What’s Good For Employees
No matter where an employees works, the relationship works best when the workers are vested in the company and are able to go to work each day with the feeling that the company is vested in them. Among the biggest perks are those directed toward
- Health and wellness, including health insurance and fitness benefits
- Long term financial stability, including generous 401k contributions, stock options, and profit sharing
- Work/life balance, including paid vacation, onsite daycare, and employee access to a support network
- A comfortable work environment,
- Educational and promotional opportunities.
The Role of Manufacturing Jobs in U.S.
According to the National Association of Manufacturers the industry is among the strongest in the U.S. economy. Manufacturers contribute over $2 trillion to the U.S. economy, and gets back $1.37 for each $1 spent. Across the country, 9% of jobs are in manufacturing, employing 17.6 million in the U.S. The industry also pays more than others. The average worker, overall, is paid $62.5 k each year, in manufacturing the average is $15k more than that, at $77.5K each year.
The National Association of Manufacturers was founded in 1895 and advocates for U.S. manufacturing jobs that are competitive in the global economy. Since 2009 manufacturing in the U.S. has been on the upswing, and signs point to the industry continuing to grow even more.