Bolstering domestic manufacturing will take more than a speech

Expanding domestic manufacturing has been cited as a goal by countless national politics, and in his recent State of the Union address, President Obama joined the chorus by discussing his plans to strengthen this sector, which has historically been a bedrock of the American economy.

Though it was just one part of his speech, the president did outline specific plans to increase the work that the administration has already done in promoting manufacturing jobs in the country through the creation of what he called different "hubs." 

The Washington Post has published a full transcript of the speech, including the statements he made about the future of an industry that he states is "adding jobs for the first time since 1990." President Obama said that there could be six more manufacturing hubs added to the map in addition to existing centers of development in North Carolina and Ohio. 

"Bipartisan bills in both houses could double the number of these hubs and the jobs they create," he said in reference to these goals. "We need to work together on tools like bipartisan trade promotion authority to protect our workers, protect our environment and open new markets to new goods stamped 'Made in the USA.'"

They're fine words, but real investment in local manufacturing will include a focus on all of the other related businesses that have a stake in supporting the entire system, including the CNC machining companies that are essential to keeping all of the custom equipment being used in regular working order. Because political promises can be uncertain, the real people who can contribute to this in a very real way.