A Look at American Manufacturing and Our Employee Involvement Program

As a leading manufacturer of durable and reliable pressure and temperature transmitters, switches, controls, and sensors, we try to keep up with the latest manufacturing news and trends. American manufacturing is a fascinating area that is responsible for products and services that you use and rely on each and every day. Moreover, manufacturers contributed approximately $2.08 trillion to the economy in 2013, representing 12.5 percent of our country’s gross domestic product.

When looking at our country’s employment, it’s important to explore manufacturing related fields. An estimated 17.4 million Americans are in jobs related to manufacturing and over 12 million hold jobs directly in manufacturing. Additionally, the typical manufacturing employee earned approximately $77,506 in 2013, while the average industry worker earned $62,546.

The economic impacts of manufacturing are innumerable and stand to grow as the field becomes even more lively and diverse. A number of different manufacturing activities are responsible for the recent growth, most notably the reshoring initiative that has brought manufacturing back to the US from overseas facilities; but it is the adoption of lean manufacturing principals that should be explored. Lean manufacturing is loosely based on automobile manufacturer Toyota’s production processes and Henry Ford’s “continuous flow” assembly line system for his company’s Model T automobile. Ford’s manufacturing process centered on the idea that every stage of the assembly line was continuous and produced little waste.

Today, manufacturers utilize both Toyota’s and Ford’s original concept with alterations that work for their business model. For example, anything that is not value added as perceived by the customer is considered waste. Overproduction, waiting, inventory, transportation, over-processing, motion, defects, and an underutilized workforce are all factors that must be taken into consideration during the manufacturing process to minimize waste.

At United Electric Controls, we’re always focused on offering the best manufactured products to our customers across a variety of industries, through a strong value proposition rooted in lean manufacturing principals – that is by eliminating waste and through continual improvement, we will make sure that our products and services meet or exceed our customer’s expectations.   A key component of this is our belief that our employees are at the center of our company and because of this, we rely strongly on their involvement in generating and sharing improvement ideas with management. This valued idea program allows employees to submit ideas for companywide improvements such as internal and external communications, productivity, cost, and savings plans. Any employee can submit an idea and if approved, the employee can bring together the necessary resources to institute the plan – a true win-win for our customer and UE.