NIST Data Debunks 4 Manufacturing Myths – INFOGRAPHIC

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by | Dec 8, 2021

Polaris MEP is the Rhode Island Center for the MEP National NetworkTM, whose mission it is to strengthen and empower small and medium-sized manufacturing companies in the United States. The Hollings MEP National Network is a part of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), which recently published a terrific infographic that debunks manufacturing myths.

The infographic tackles four common misconceptions about the manufacturing industry. Data and insights gathered from MEP National Network success stories are used to debunk these myths.

  • Manufacturing Myth 1: US Manufacturing is in decline. Fact: Employment, shipments and exports are on the rise across the country.
  • Manufacturing Myth 2: Manufacturing is a poor career choice. Fact: Manufacturing is actually an excellent option with workers earning 32% more in benefits per hour than employees in service industries. Check out several other reasons why you should take a second look at manufacturing careers!
  • Manufacturing Myth 3: Automation will eliminate jobs. Fact: Projections actually show automation will create 133 million new jobs worldwide by 2022.
  • Manufacturing Myth 4: Manufacturing is harmful to the environment. Truth: In manufacturing, sustainability equals profitability. Polaris MEP Center Director Kathie Mahoney has called it the “new normal.” Read about how we help manufacturers with sutainability.

The full infographic follows. Call Polaris MEP at 401-270-8896 to discuss any of these manufacturing myths and how they impact Rhode Island.

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