Manufacturing Road Trip Part 5: A Journey Across the US (slideshow)

Nov. 1, 2023
Join us as we celebrate manufacturing in each of the 50 states. In this edition, we drop in on 10 more states to see which states make wind turbines, post office trucks, and battleships.

Manufacturing makes America go. It builds cars, trains and airplanes. It puts tractors in farmers' fields and laptops in the school room. It lights up the dark and cools down the heat. Manufacturing is everywhere. 

As we've done several times in the past, IndustryWeek is embracing October as Manufacturing Month by showcasing products manufactured  in each of the 50 states. 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).

We've done things a little different this year. Instead of creating a single massive slideshow of representing all 50 states, we've broken the project into more manageable chunks: five slideshows, each showcasing 10 states. And, as per usual, we will work through all 50 states alphabetically. Be sure to check out the previous four parts:

States and companies featured in this slideshow include:

  • South Dakota: Marmen Co.
  • Tennessee: Smith & Wesson Co.
  • Texas: Texas Instruments, Inc.
  • Utah: Intertape Polymer Group, Inc.
  • Vermont: Mack Group Inc.
  • Virginia: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
  • Washington: Terex Corp.
  • West Virginia: American Woodmark Co.
  • Wisconsin: Oshkosh Defense, LLC
  • Wyoming: Sinclair Wyoming Refining Co.
About the Author

Ryan Secard | Associate Editor


Focus: Workforce and labor issues; machining and foundry management

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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