Manufacturing will be a hot topic during tonight’s State of the Union. Here’s what you need to know:

Posted by Anonymous on 01/24/2012

If you’ve been paying attention to the flurry of media coverage surrounding tonight’s State of the Union address, you’ve likely heard that the president plans to spend some time talking about manufacturing—and rightfully so. “Made in America” is a wildly popular notion across the political spectrum, and Americans are demanding greater leadership went it comes to growing our manufacturing sector.

In addition to previewing his plans to discuss his goal of “stamping more products with Made in the USA,” the Obama administration has designated “#manufacturing” as an official Twitter hashtag for the speech, and First Lady Michelle Obama has invited several members of the manufacturing community to join her as guests for the event.  Bottom line: manufacturing will be a big deal in tonight’s State of the Union address.

Yet while we’re thankful that the administration is finally stepping up to the plate and giving our industrial sector the attention it deserves, it’s important to step back and take a look at the bigger manufacturing picture. The U.S. industrial base has stabilized somewhat after years of serious decline, but we still have a long way to go. The charts below illustrate the progress we’ve made in manufacturing job growth and capacity, but it’s clear there’s still much room for improvement.





















Want to help us make sure that President Obama’s manufacturing push translates into more than just rhetoric? Spread the word on Facebook, tweet about #manufacturing, and let your friends, family, and legislators know that this is a top of mind issue for Americans.

Ready to get started? Here's how you can join the conversation TONIGHT:

-    Follow AAM (@KeepitMadeinUSA) on Twitter and look for others using the hashtags #manufacturing and #mfgSOTU

-    “Like” AAM on facebook, and tell us what you thought about the State of the Union.

-    Check back on our blog before and after the address for highlights and commentary.

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