The History of U.S. Manufacturing

When you think of some of the most extreme examples of what people choose to take pride in, you might think of sports teams, family heritage, or maybe a religion. In fact, history shows that civilizations have gone to war to protect, and demonstrate the power of, their pride. But if you want to think about a population with great pride for an industry, you would have to include U.S. manufacturers near the very top of your list.

For over 200 years, since before the Industrial Revolution, the manufacturing industry has played one of the most significant roles in America's growth and development, and to this day remains a major driver of the U.S. and global economy. It follows that people with manufacturing jobshave good reason to take pride in the numerous world-changing accomplishments for which their industry takes credit.

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Take a walk through time, from nearly 230 years ago to the present, with the historical infographic below that outlines many of the manufacturing industry's finest moments (which, you will notice, does not include the start to a single war).

U.S. Manufacturing: A History
(Source: infographics like this one on the web's largest information design community - Visually.)

If you are one of the more than 11 million U.S. manufacturing employees, can you identify any significant events missing from this infographic? We would love to hear from you.

Contributed to by Kim Evans

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