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Advanced Manufacturing: A Culture of Innovation

By Ideas Lab Staff February 27, 2013

Explore how advanced manufacturing embodies a culture of innovation.

Did you know that the manufacturing industry employs about 12 million people in America and is responsible for about 7 million American jobs in other countries? From assembly lines to machine shops of all types, manufacturing has remained a strong sector of the U.S. economy.

But the manufacturing of today has evolved with the adoption of new technologies—a shift that requires new skills to fill new types of jobs. Even traditional jobs, such as welding and machining, have changed, said Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute. “These new jobs continue manufacturing’s long tradition of offering both above-average wages and generous benefits,” she said.

Explore more facts about the changing landscape of advanced manufacturing below, and learn more about the industry from thought leaders who have shared perspectives with Ideas Lab.


Advanced Manufacturing: A Culture of Innovation