In the wake of the Great Recession, manufacturing has been leading the U.S. economic recovery. But don't call it a "comeback."
A comeback implies that manufacturing went away.
"The current state of manufacturing is more accurately described as digging in our heels, determined to survive just as we have weathered other downturns throughout history," asserts Douglas Woods, president of the Association for Manufacturing Technology.
For decades, a vibrant manufacturing sector has been "pivotal to our economic prosperity and national security, consistently delivering return on investment, revenue, exports, output and more," Woods adds.
"Today is no different."
For more about the future of U.S. manufacturing, read "A Manufacturing Comeback? It Never Left"
in sister publication IndustryWeek.