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
"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
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