Manufacturing & Industry Business Directory

About the Manufacturing and Business Directory

It is no secret that manufacturing is an important part of our daily lives. The shoes we wear, the television we watch, the toothbrush we use. They are all manufactured somewhere.

The purpose of this directory is to connect and promote companies that produce goods and participate in the manufaturing process. This directory was also created to help companies that require manufacturing services find companies they can partner with to turn their ideas into a finished product. Using the latest in industrial technologies these companies can help with your manufacturing needs.

Manufacturing Statistics

There was $175.6 billion in new orders for manufactured durable goods in December 2008. New orders for nondurable goods totalled $186.8 billion.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in December was $190.8 billion and nondurable goods was $186.8 billion.

Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in December totalled $801.9 billion.

The History of American Manufacturing

Most American manufacturing started with with the military and the manufacturing of muskets in the late 18th century and early 19th century. The idea of mass-production and interchangeable parts migrated from the armories into other industries. Machinists who were trained to produce weapons were hired to produce clocks, sewing machines, locomotives, bicycles, and other products.

Henry Ford is credited with starting the American "Golden Age" of manufacturing by building on the ideas of the past. He combined interchangeable parts, the assembly line, and other efficient production strategies to build affordable automobiles.