CHICAGO The U.S. manufacturing sector has undergone a "remarkable transformation" in recent years, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) said in its five-year progress report.
The country has gained half a million new manufacturing jobs since 2010, rebounding from a decade in which the sector shed one third of its workers, the organization said.
"Entering 2013, Made in America is back, five years in the making," the AAM said. "Tens of thousands of miles, dozens of town hall meetings, and polls, studies, books and ideas reshaped the manufacturing policy debate."
The organization noted several positive developments: The President has set a goal to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs by 2016, House Democrats have launched a "Make It in America" plan, 30 statehouses are now considering "Buy America" legislation and the term "reshoring" has entered the lexicon.
"National leaders, think tanks, academia and management consultants are engaged in a competition of ideas on how to restore Americas manufacturing leadership, which they all agree is essential," the group said.
The AAM was formed in 2007 to push these issues in front of American voters and elected officials. Prior to that, the U.S. manufacturing sector "faced decades of neglect in Washington," it said
But despite the industrys achievements to date, more remains to be done, the organization said. In its "Blueprint for the Future," the AAM called for the creation of a national infrastructure bank, the passage of a robust transportation bill, the strict enforcement of international trade rules, and the expansion of tax credits for clean energy and research and development, among other measures.