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With over 100 years in the precision metal fabrication business, G.E. Mathis has seen plenty of ups and downs in the manufacturing sector. As the third annual National Manufacturing Day recently rolled around, we’d like to take a moment to look at the state of manufacturing in America.

It’s been well-documented that manufacturing was on the decline for a few decades across the nation. Outsourcing of jobs, companies on the move, and a developing skill gap were all seem as part of the problem. Another issue that arose was the decline of students interested in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

However, things are not as bleak as they may sound. Thanks to efforts like Manufacturing Day, businesses across the country are opening up their doors to the younger generation, who may not have seen a career in manufacturing as a possibility. With this opportunity to see what goes on behind the doors of G.E. Mathis and other manufacturers, we feel there is hope for the regrowth of manufacturing in the near future.

The rebound of manufacturing is being helped at many levels. For example, the U.S. government has taken part by funding various manufacturing hubs, known as “Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.” These hubs aim to focus on particular fields of manufacturing and technology and to attract a new generation of workers.[1]

While we don’t know if manufacturing will ever reach its high points of the past, there are good signs that manufacturing will rebound and settle in to a steady period of development and innovation, spurred on by a new generation of bright, hardworking, innovative individuals. G.E. Mathis will do its part to spur the American manufacturing renaissance, and we hope you will too.

[1] http://www.forbes.com/sites/techonomy/2014/07/21/innovation-hubs-are-accelerating-american-manufacturing/