Sometimes we don't appreciate how much manufacturing actually occurs in the United States -- and IndustryWeek editors recently set out to rectify that oversight in some small way. This slideshow gives you a tiny taste of the types of manufactured items that are produced in each state -- and by "manufactured" we include assembly, packaging, all the way to fully integrated manufacturing operations.
The guidelines behind our choices were few: 1. The company had to qualify as a manufacturer by our definition, and 2. the company had to produce manufactured goods in that state (regardless of where the company's headquarters was located, nationally or internationally). As a result, we have a wide range of big and small manufacturers across a breadth of manufactured goods. It's fair to say that by the end of this project, we each had a better understanding of the manufacturing underway in each of the states we addressed -- and also that we could do this slideshow many times over and not come close to addressing all the manufacturing companies and factories that make up our version of "Made in America."