Trump Touts Manufacturing's Comeback in First Address

Jan. 31, 2018
President Trump had a lot of positive things to say about American manufacturing in his State of the Union address. Here's what they were, and why (at least in this case) his bragging is justified.

"It's all coming back," President Donald Trump proudly proclaimed about American manufacturing last night during his first State of the Union.

Coming from a president often accused of going negative, the narrative throughout the annual speech to the nation had an overwhelmingly positive vibe. And in this success story, manufacturing played a key role.

Aside from the polarizing issue of immigration, the domestic portion of the 80-minute speech focused on a booming economy driven by people making–and promising to make—great things back in America. Regardless of political leanings, the litany of victories should have every American, especially those in this industry, feeling a little better today: Millions of new jobs, a vibrant stock market, miniscule unemployment rate, slashed tax rate, and reshored companies investing in factories on U.S. soil.  

Here's a list of the biggest manufacturing moments from the State of the Union:

About the Author

John Hitch | Editor, Fleet Maintenance

John Hitch, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, is the editor of Fleet Maintenance, a B2B magazine that addresses the service needs for all commercial vehicle makes and models (Classes 1-8), ranging from shop management strategies to the latest tools to enhance uptime.

He previously wrote about equipment and fleet operations and management for FleetOwner, and prior to that, manufacturing and advanced technology for IndustryWeek and New Equipment Digest. He is an award-winning journalist and former sonar technician aboard a nuclear-powered submarine where he served honorably aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723).