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Production Materials Celebrates U.S. Manufacturing in October and November

October is Manufacturing Month in the United States.  The designation is an opportunity for manufacturing companies to showcase their ties to local communities and how the jobs and products that they create are a value-add to the economy of their neighborhoods, states, and the country as a whole.

Then in November, the American Made Matters, organization will be celebrating and focusing attention on American Made products and services.  AMM, is an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products.

The group has declared November 19, 2013, the first annual American Made Matters® Day. The organization hopes that on that day, U.S. consumers will be encouraged to buy at least one American-made product to show their support for American manufacturing.

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, “In 2012, manufacturers contributed $1.87 trillion to the economy, up from $1.73 trillion in 2011. This was 11.9 percent of GDP. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.”

NAM also states that, “Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.2 million jobs in the United States—about one in six private-sector jobs. Nearly 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing.”

In 2011, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,060 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all industries earned $60,168.3.”
AMM has reported that “the Federal Trade Commission mandates that, in order to label a good as made in the U.S., all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. Additionally, the law requires that U.S. content must be disclosed on automobiles and textile, wool, and fur products.”

AMM has two criteria for member organizations to use its label on products:

  •    50% of the product’s cost (labor, materials and overhead) must be incurred in the U.S.; and
  • Final assembly or transformation must take place in the U.S. 

Production Materials is proud to be associated with the American Made Matters® organization.  Many of the products we sell are made in the state of Illinois and are integral to other American products to perform the work and tasks necessary to keep the economy moving forward.  One of our main sectors that we service is agriculture, which is also critical to a strong America.  Join us in October to salute American manufacturing and then in November by buying American made products. Let’s all do our part to keep our country strong!

The Outdoor Power Equipment Market Is Growing

Grass Cutting Lawn Outdoor equipmentWarm weather is the time for trimming hedges, cutting the grass, and pulling the weeds at home, but here at Production Materials, we’re thinking about outdoor power tools at the manufacturing and service parts level.

As providers of component solutions for this industry, we have a first-hand look at customers’ forecast, so we can see trends. The continued demand for lawn and garden equipment is evident—along with steady growth in the replacement parts segment as well.

In the next five years, the U.S. demand for this equipment is expected to rise an annual 4 percent, which could add up to $10.6 billion. After tracking a slight decline in demand from 2007 to 2012, we are encouraged to see these projected numbers.

As the economy and GDP accelerate, consumers will spend more money on upgrading older equipment. Increased recreational activities requires the upkeep of greens and fairways as well as parks and resorts, which means groundskeepers need state-of-the-art equipment to maintain these venues.

As the industry continues to evolve with more innovation in the equipment’s technology, we at Production Materials will be there to provide many of the components and the subsequent benefits for consumers and our customers.

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