The tough years of economic recession are giving way to more economic opportunities today, especially for manufacturing jobs. More and more jobs are being created these days, and now is the perfect time to consider what a career in manufacturing can do for you.
But what about the people who might feel trapped working in a big factory setting, the ones reluctant to be just another ‘cog in the machine?’ Luckily, there is some good news for those with an eye on the manufacturing world who still want to be a part of the small business atmosphere.
There are a growing number of smaller manufacturers in the United States. Smaller manufacturing companies want to set up shop in the U.S. now that business is getting back to normal, and that means more opportunities for young people looking to enter the work force.
As of 2015, according to the American Small Manufacturers Coalition, there are more than 270,000 small manufacturers across the country. And even though many of these businesses have fewer than 50 employees, when combined with larger manufacturers, they are responsible for 60 percent of exports. That’s nearly 12 percent of the United States’ GDP! It’s certainly something to look into if you’re looking for a well-paying job and satisfying career.
Another big trend in 2015 is that smaller manufacturers are able to stay afloat and compete with larger businesses during economic downturns. The secret to this sort of success? Manufacturing Global points to a few examples, like creating an atmosphere of fast and agile production schedules, product customization, and making products on demand instead of keeping inventories.
The results: smaller manufacturers can customize products with each new order while avoiding overstock situations. The made-to-order trend also allows small manufacturers to decrease supply chain costs by not over-ordering certain supplies and materials.By avoiding such manufacturing pitfalls as overproduction and over processing, smaller manufacturing businesses are able to continuously meet sales goals. Likewise, small manufacturers are increasing their quality control standards, which are resulting in fewer manufacturing defects.
To give you just a few examples of which manufacturing businesses are taking the small business trend to the next level, Manufacturing Global has a list that might be of interest to you:
- Enviro-Log—Fitzgerald, GA:Even though this earth-friendly fire log manufacturing company only has 30 employees, the company’s product is already being carried in such stores as Home Depot, Walmart, and Sears.
- Art’s Way Manufacturing—Armstrong, IA: Located in neighboring Iowa, this farm machinery manufacturer and distributor now ships its farm machinery all across the country. Not bad for only having 200 employees.
- Green Toys—San Francisco, CA: Green Toys out of San Francisco manufactures children’s toys from 100%-recycled materials. The company has increased its sales by 50 percent each year for the past two years. What’s even more impressive? They only have eight employees!
More and more these days, we’re seeing economic resurgence in the manufacturing world. Both big and small businesses are looking for young go-getters to help build their companies and pave the way for brighter future. Will you be a part of it?
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