This was particularly noticeable from 2010 to 2011 when production went up 40 percent per hour. Outsourcing has been a major contributor to this increase, as many manufacturing companies are externally handling tasks such as manufacturing parts, maintenance, payroll services, and benefits management.
In addition, the industry is beginning to expand its reach in the global market. The vast amount of resources required for manufacturing processes, particularly those overseas, has fostered relationships between manufacturers and other companies, as well as alliances between manufacturers and their suppliers.
The development of international logistics’ networks has allowed U.S. manufacturers to deliver products to many parts of the world. Previously, production facilities were located abroad for reasons such as labor costs and tax reduction. However, now companies are stationing business in other nations so that they can be in close proximity to raw materials and the markets they sell into. Generally speaking, the increase in foreign demand for U.S. goods has been the greatest contributor to the regained success of this industry.