5 states where manufacturing matters

Every state wants to make more things, of course, but factors such as globalization, technological changes and demographics undermine that goal.

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Sep 6, 2013 7:18AM

It’s a time for REAL change in this country… Change that matters (we’ve heard that before right? You can’t blame a guy for trying)

We need to step back and re-trench and come out stronger than ever.

We need to lead by EXAMPLE

Globalization and technology have changed the game and we need to use them to our advantage.

How many times have we all sat down at night to watch the news and seen things that have been caused by our inability to lead… they are countless. Leaders sitting around tables discussing REACTIVE issues rather than pro-active issues.

THE PRO-ACTIVE issues in this country are TWO and TWO ONLY all other things will fix themselves

      (1)    Manufacturing Jobs (JOBS)

                              Will solve revenue issues and a ton of social issues (including lack of education)


(2)    Energy independence

Will help us lead by example (clean energy)


By concentrating on the above two issues we will create self-sufficiently and show the world we can lead by example. The best in brightest should be put to the task of

CLEAN MANUFACTURING—(example-3d printing should be taken to the next level)

Clean energy

Remember no matter what anyone else SAYS those TWO things will fix everything else



Sep 5, 2013 10:23PM

Washington makes 747,777,737 airplanes and lots of other metals items

but we don't rank

Sep 6, 2013 10:18AM
It's morning in America, for the first time in decades manufacturing jobs are returning home. In 2000 Chinese workers made 22 times less than American workers, by 2015 they will be making only 4 times less. With an abundance of cheap natural gas in America today and the high costs off transportation of imports, companies can save billions by setting up shop here instead of over seas. Even Chinese companies are setting up shop here to take advantage of our low energy costs, joining the Germans and Koreans already here. It's morning in America.
Sep 10, 2013 7:12PM

we needAmerican companys to comeback toAmerica. Not foreign coumpanys


Sep 6, 2013 10:14AM
It matters in all states.  The list is based on total manufacturing output, but some smaller states also have a very significant manufacturing base.  For example, I believe that SC has the highest per capita manufacturing output, thus it is very important to the state. 
Sep 5, 2013 8:00PM
That's it huh.  Just a handful of states?  Really?
Sep 6, 2013 10:09AM
Look at the market drop today!! Holy crap!! And, the dirty bastards on Wall Street have the b---- to claim it is due to the "Jobs report". Come on everyone already knows that we haven't had jobs in this country that pay for well over 10 to 12 years. So, it's BS!!
Sep 10, 2013 4:44PM

I like the manufacturing in the Midwest. The factories are large fields of corn and soybeans and the only smokestacks are at the coal burning power plants. Don't think we produce much that isn't edible or actually useful.


Don't knock the cell phone people, that is one awesome invention. Sure beats the hand crank model we had in 1948. But then, we could call the grocery store and place an order--it was either delivered or ready to pick up when we got there.

Sep 10, 2013 6:53PM

we need to improve EDUCATION...just go look at any big city high school.......you can't make anything without the knowledge to do it.....you can't make new products/inventions without the knowledge....you can't stay healthy to make things without the knowledge........you can't develop clean energy without the knowledge...it's not the money it is purely politics.....we have billions for drones and cruise missiles but can't seem to find an extra dime for our schools


NO IT IS NOT THE UNIONS.....is 20-50K salary and 20K pension too much to pay a teacher? if you think it is then you are part of the political problem.  Why should a college educated person who works for 30-35 years not receive a modest salary and pension?

Sep 10, 2013 6:15PM
They left out Illinois, home to John Deere and Caterpillar. Really!
Sep 10, 2013 7:29PM
educating are youth is the only way to improve are situation teachers should be paid more and schools should be a safer place for our children to grow and learn. instead the us spends more money trying to be the world police. when we can't even police ourselves.
Sep 10, 2013 8:40PM
They should be implementing the use of hemp for all it's industrial uses!!

Sep 6, 2013 8:07AM
We don't really manufacture anything anywhere in America... we assemble parts and fabricate from imported materials. It's time to trash Gen X & Y... take away the handheld devices and end business platforms. While they all stand there helpless and more useless than ever, the rest of us can begin cooperating to recover what built this nation-- self-sustenance like no other place in the world! The young want to work, but not for Nazi Gen X &Y mobsters, the job blockaded over 50 crowd has all the skills, experience and ability to train them. The course is pretty clear-- crash the markets, force the artificial debt instruments back on the makers and takers and let's getting rolling on REAL progress.
Sep 10, 2013 6:59PM

Barry Obama says manufacturing matters in all 57 states.

Sep 10, 2013 5:54PM
Manufacturing plus STEM, or what I call STEM plus M. I would love to be part of this. Read Willy Shih from HBS. There are some really good teachers at HBS - wish I could go. Willy is one.
Sep 5, 2013 6:40PM

It don't matter in Obamaville unless it's manufacturing replacement parts for the printing press that churns out Obama dollars and food stamps.  mmm, mmm, mmm!

Sep 10, 2013 7:04PM

Well, living here in Texas, ever since those northern industrial states lost their plants and factories, they have been moving here. so many have moved here its hard to meet a native Texian any more.

forty years ago Exide a automotive battery maker built a battery recycling plant out in the middle of no-where. as more and more transplant came, and more and more illegals from mexico came, land developers seen the opportunity to buy up the land surrounding Exide. these transplants who believe these illegals are coming here to better their lives moved out of Dallas,TX. to those new homes near Exide to get away from these illegals. knowing they bought homes near Exide, they started saying its polluting, its causing me and my kids health problems. they all hired lawyers and started to sue, EPA puts more and more and more restrictions on the plant. with pending law suits, Exide closed the plant putting people out of work.

now can you understand why manufacturing jobs, plants and factories went over seas.

Sep 11, 2013 12:00AM
Didn't MSN putt his on last week this time? Can't Money come up with new stories? I have seen about 30 stories on MSN that has been repeated in this whole Summer. Enough with repeating yourself. You have the same audience every time to repeat a story and it is like old news.
Sep 10, 2013 5:34PM


That is what America has, and always will make.

We take pride in the production of Americans.

From generation, to generation, Americans have always valued, more than anything else, Americans.

In fact, the production of Americans is expected to increase significantly over the next 100 years,

That makes Americans our #1 resource. 

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