These days you hear a lot about the demise of the manufacturing industry in the United States. It was one of the main topics in the 2016 presidential election, and rightly so—it’s an important issue for many Americans who depend on the manufacturing industry for their livelihoods. You hear about factories closing and jobs being outsourced to other countries like China or Mexico, and you might wonder if the trend will ever end.
While it’s true that manufacturing in the United States isn’t what it was last century, and that there are fewer people employed in the manufacturing industry, there are still 12.4 million people who work in manufacturing in this country, and the United States manufacturing industry still accounts for more than 18% of global manufacturing activity. Recent reports have shown that the U.S. manufacturing industry as a whole is moving in a positive direction.
According to a report by the Institute for Supply Management, 17 of the 18 manufacturing industry sectors reported growth in September of 2017. Only the furniture manufacturing industry saw a decline. Among the companies surveyed for the report, orders were up, as well as employment numbers. Overall, output reached near-record levels in 2017, largely due to process improvements and new technology.
The desire for inexpensive products from countries like China has been a big part of the reason why manufacturing isn’t what it used to be in this country, but there is still a demand for quality products—especially when it comes to things like the specialty ball bearings we manufacture at CBR. Industrial electric motor specialists recognize that using quality parts (like our ceramic hybrid ball bearings) is worth the cost. They last longer and perform better, which results in less down time for their equipment, ultimately resulting in a more profitable business operation.
American manufacturing may never come back to pre-1990s levels, but it is far from dead. Our small bearing manufacturing company has been growing steadily every year as more people learn about the benefits of ceramic hybrid ball bearings and as the demand for our high-quality bearings grows.
As an American-based manufacturing company, we take great pride in the products we produce in our stateside bearing lab. We work hard to make sure every customer gets the exact bearings they need in a timely manner, and for a fair price. When you order ceramic hybrid ball bearings from CBR, you will deal directly with our U.S. based support staff and avoid middleman markups from bearing distributors.
If you would like to know more about our ceramic hybrid ball bearings, or if you would like to place an order, we’d love to hear from you! We will always take the time to answer any questions you may have about our products, either by phone or by email.