The 50 States of Manufacturing: What's Made Where?

Aug. 18, 2020
Every state in the union contributes to the wealth of manufacturing across America. We've taken a moment to drop into each of the 50 states and showcase one of those manufacturers.

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." 

See Also: Manufacturing Road Trip: A Journey Across the US: Part 1
Manufacturing Road Trip: A Journey Across the US: Part 2
Manufacturing Road Trip: A Journey Across the US: Part 3
Manufacturing Road Trip: A Journey Across the US: Part 4
Manufacturing Road Trip: A Journey Across the US: Part 5

See Also: Made in America: a Showcase of Manufacturing from Alabama to Wyoming

 

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Laura Putre | Senior Editor, IndustryWeek

I work with IndustryWeek's contributors and report on leadership and the automotive industry as they relate to manufacturing. Got a story idea? Reach out to me at [email protected]

 

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Ryan Secard | Associate Editor

 

Focus: Workforce and labor issues; machining and foundry management
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Associate Editor Ryan Secard covers topics relevant to the manufacturing workforce, including recruitment, safety, labor organizations, and the skills gap. Ryan has written IndustryWeek's Salary Survey annually since 2021 and has coordinated its Talent Advisory Board since September 2023.

Ryan got started at IndustryWeek in August 2019 as an editorial intern and was hired as a news editor in 2020 before his 2023 promotion to associate editor, talent. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of Wooster.

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Adrienne Selko | Sr. Editor

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Senior Editor Adrienne Selko has written about many topics over the 17 years she has been with the publication and currently focuses on workforce development strategies. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics and EHS Today. 

Previously Adrienne was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. 

She is the author of  Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck?, which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list. 

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Peter Fretty | Technology Editor

As a highly experienced journalist, Peter Fretty regularly covers advances in manufacturing, information technology, and software. He has written thousands of feature articles, cover stories, and white papers for an assortment of trade journals, business publications, and consumer magazines.

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Jill Jusko

Bio: Jill Jusko is executive editor for IndustryWeek. She has been writing about manufacturing operations leadership for more than 20 years. Her coverage spotlights companies that are in pursuit of world-class results in quality, productivity, cost and other benchmarks by implementing the latest continuous improvement and lean/Six-Sigma strategies. Jill also coordinates IndustryWeek’s Best Plants Awards Program, which annually salutes the leading manufacturing facilities in North America.

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