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Made in the USA: Bringing manufacturing back to America

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As nation’s economy begins to recover, it is imperative that the United States bring manufacturing jobs back to America. This goal has been at the top of the agenda, And so I was pleased to read the series published in the Courier Times and Intelligencer: “Made in the USA.” The series highlighted local, small businesses and the importance of domestic manufacturing and its impact on manufacturers’ bottom line, their employees, customers, and communities.

Why open a watch factory in Detroit?

Why not accept that manufacturing is gone from this country? Why not let the rust and weeds finish what they started? Why not just embrace the era of disposability? And why didn't we buy a warmer coat before we moved here?

Through two Detroit winters, we’ve asked ourselves these questions. And worked not to find our answer, but to build it. Because we don't think American manufacturing ever failed for being too good. Our worst didn't come when we were at our best. It happened when we thought good was good enough.

It's a tall order to return to form, but we're up for it. We’re starting with the reinvigoration of a storied American brand, and a storied American city. Because we believe in the beauty of industry. The glory of manufacturing. We know there’s not just history in Detroit, there is a future.

It’s why we are here. Making an investment in skill, at scale. Creating a community that will thrive through excellence of craft and pride of work. Where we will reclaim the making of things that are made well. And define American luxury through American quality.

We transformed 30,000 square feet of raw space into a state-of-the-art watch factory inside the College for Creative Studies within the historic Argonaut building. Our production combines meticulous hand-assembly with the most advanced technology available to ensure our watches are both beautiful and built to last. 

View this short film for a look at the training process our watch assembly team underwent through Ronda AG, our Swiss partner. And read more about some of the skilled craftspeople assembling watches and movements at our Detroit watch factory

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Producing Prosperity

In Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, manufacturing is, indeed, critical. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, the 8th District is home to more than 700 manufacturing facilities that sustain 36,581 manufacturing jobs, including 17,291 jobs supported by exporting manufactured goods.

The personal stories and information conveyed in the series lines up with much of what I heard during visits to 100 local businesses and manufacturers in 100 days, some reported in your newspapers. I had a unique opportunity to meet with business owners and their employees and learned how they are dealing, in this economy, with the challenge of growth and jobs and how important it is that we work together to address their issues. As a result of that experience and information gathered over the past few years, I developed a plan, similar in name to your series, to help revitalize the American manufacturing sector, which we all agree is key to our economic recovery. (Manufacturing has the highest multiplier effect of any sector in our economy.)

According to my revitalization plan, “Made in America,” stands for quality, value, and ingenuity — all important to industry, and ones clearly conveyed through the newspaper’s “Made in the USA” series. Without a doubt, the role of government is important. To bring manufacturing back to America, we must promote a variety of federal and national initiatives: lowering taxes and promoting certainty to encourage businesses to remain in the United States, reining in overreaching ineffective and onerous federal regulation to help businesses grow, engaging in “Buy American” and other pro-growth initiatives, and encouraging workforce development.

In Congress I’ve supported countless bills that empower small businesses and manufacturers, some of which resulted from my meetings with business owners, manufacturers and workers in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

Equally important to building an economy in which manufacturing thrives, is providing them with a skilled workforce. You may have heard there are “jobs,” but not enough workers trained to fill them. This is more important since manufacturing supports an estimated 17.2 million jobs in the United States — about one in six private sector jobs. And nearly 12 million Americans — or 9 percent of the workforce — are employed directly in manufacturing.

Your series also highlighted the importance of connecting high school students, young adults, returning military veterans and those pursuing a second career, to new educational and training resources. Ultimately, it is the skilled and trained individuals who will claim the family sustaining jobs in a broadened manufacturing base.

Today, there are not enough institutions training young people to participate in the high-skill manufacturing sector, even though the National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that the higher paying entry level jobs go to those with industrial and manufacturing degrees. Therefore, we must direct our attention to making sure manufacturers have access to a skilled workforce by encouraging and supporting technical and scientific education.

Long ago, American ingenuity, innovation and an acknowledged productive workforce established the United States as the No. 1 manufacturing country. Now, I would like to see us, once again, be a world leader and the best place in the world to manufacture.

While the history of the 8th District describes the Bucks-Montgomery region as business friendly, we can continue to build on that reputation as we focus on the elements that will bring about a manufacturing resurgence in the region and the nation. Again, much of what we need to accomplish requires cooperation between the public and private sectors, workforce development and public education — and thank you for your attention to the latter. I commend the newspaper on the series and trust you will continue to provide your readers with important public service stories, such as “Made in America.”

Future of Manufacturing Jobs: What America Needs Now
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