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Want to build airplanes?

According to an article in Monday’s issue of The New York Times, American factory orders rose 1.8 percent last December. The big news in the report, given by the Commerce Department, was that “orders for commercial airplanes rose 10.1 percent and demand for military aircraft increased 56.4 percent.”

When we add this positive report to others, like the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing growth report last month, it’s becoming increasingly clear that certain domestic manufacturing lines will grow simply based on demand and the need for localized production.

As we’ve stated in previous blog posts, businesses are no longer following the herd to move the production of their goods offshore. Not only does the move to domestic production make sense from a purely financial standpoint, it also has been proven to lead to greater innovation within the company’s research and development departments.

When you think about an industry like aviation that’s so dependent on technological advancements and precision of manufacturing, what company would not want their production lines within arm’s reach of their designers and engineers? And considering the recent woes of Boeing and the production failures of their beloved 787 Dreamliner, it might make further safety sense for aviation manufactures to have the ability to make and test even minor parts — like batteries, for example — on American shores.

We spend a lot of time discussing the positive future of manufacturing in general. Here’s a specific industry primed for future growth in the United States. So really, it just comes down to a simple question: Do you want to build airplanes?

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