Importance of Manufacturing for the Future of America (Opinion)

Car on Assembly Line

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Manufacturing has always been a backbone of American industry, and this hasn’t changed even as the American Auto Industry faced it’s historic challenges during the 2008 financial crisis and recessions.  In fact, American Manufacturing is arguable even more important today, as it’s shifted from being an process of iron smelting to a process of software engineering.

As such, the role of the San Francisco Bay Area and ‘Silicon Valley’ continues to be a driver of growth and innovation that “American Made” products can rely on.  If America is going to stay relevant into the next decades and centuries, we have to shift our focus away from the “rust belt” concept, and more towards a “silicon belt”, where innovation from our technology leaders can feed into middle class jobs across the country.

American technological manufacturing is growing, just looking at historically relevant organizations such as the Thomas Register, which is now a purely digital vehicle for connecting American industry.  Tesla was recently valued at more than 1 trillion dollars, with it’s founder Elon Musk taking moments as the Richest Man in the World (depending on the stock price of the day).  All these point to a rich potential for “the great pivot”, and to take advantage of the brilliant, innovative minds of America and the opportunity that our society provides.

So while we talk about the death of American manufacturing, we may be right if we were only focused on the hard hats and rivet guns of the last century.  However the next century is more about semiconductors and superconductors than steel alloys and combustion engines, so we must shift our perspectives appropriately.