The one thing these winners all have in common is that they've changed the industry around them. These leaders arrived on the scene at the front edge of their fields and provided the last push to achieve transformational breakthroughs that echoed through their industries.
These are the legends in the field, the leaders that changed technology forever.
As we once again herald in Manufacturing Day, a national celebration of industry, we're letting the manufacturers – those on the plant floor – share their stories this time and explain their love of manufacturing.
From Panasonic and Sony to IBM and Microsoft, the kings of the 20th century are still alive and well, translating their products to the digital age and connecting with a whole new generation of consumers.
The roots of the labor movement in the United States can be traced at least as far back as the settlement of first British colony in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, when, according to the AFL-CIO's Labor History Timeline,"English planters founded the Jamestown colony and complained about the lack of laborers."
This slideshow takes you inside the 1,550-employee AM/NS Calvert steel finishing plant, which has 2.8 million square feet of buildings, a river terminal, hot strip mill, cold rolling mill, rail yard and four hot dip galvanizing lines.
On its way to the store shelves, Apple's iPhone 6 endured a journey through 785 suppliers, 31 countries and a million hands. This slideshow documents that journey and highlights the impact it has on US manufacturing and the global economy.