Manufacturing in the Sweep of U.S. History

Jim Ellison, noted leader in machine distribution, offers his insightful survey of how American manufacturing has supported the renewal of this country’s strength throughout its turbulent history.


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Jim Ellison has a unique view of U.S. manufacturing. His lifetime of involvement in machine tool distribution gives him a rare perspective on the forces that have shaped U.S. manufacturing in the last 50 years. Combine that with his knowledge of manufacturing’s role in the development of the country since its founding, and the result is a deep insight into how our current situation arose.

He recently penned an essay to promote an understanding of what is being hailed today as the renaissance of American manufacturing. An exceptional aspect of this analysis is his commentary about U.S. machine tool distributors, which played a key role in our transition to globally sourced manufacturing technology. For the full essay, click here.