Presidents call for expanding the U.S. manufacturing industry

During his State of the Union address on Jan. 28, President Barack Obama pointed out the need for the U.S. to increase its manufacturing sector. Obama said that with the success of the industry over the past few years, manufacturers should strike while the iron is hot.

"We also have the chance, right now, to beat other countries in the race for the next wave of high-tech manufacturing jobs," Obama said. "My administration has launched two hubs for high-tech manufacturing in Raleigh and Youngstown, where we've connected businesses to research universities that can help America lead the world in advanced technologies."

Obama went on to say with the help of bipartisan bills in Congress, the country could open six more manufacturing hubs in 2014.

Moving forward with expansion
The first hub, which is located in Youngstown, Ohio, was opened in August 2010 and concentrated on 3-D printing. The most recent hub was opened in January in Raleigh, N.C. where it works on the technology for manufacturing chips.

Although Obama's expectations for 2014 are high, this is quite similar to his announcement at the 2013 State of the Union Address when he said he wanted to launch three manufacturing hubs during the year and pushed for Congress to approve the addition of 15 in total.

Another reason why Obama is pushing for more manufacturing activity is because the country is losing jobs to outsourcing. Job growth among U.S. factories has steadily declined over the past few years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Growth has dropped steadily ever since 2011.

Manufacturing industry on the rise
Although jobs has been declining over the past few years, a few factors have signaled the industry may be on the growing, according to The Los Angeles Times. Increasing wages in China and decreased energy costs in the U.S. are signs the manufacturing industry may be more prosperous.

"Over half of big manufacturers say they're thinking of insourcing jobs from abroad," Obama said during his State of the Union speech. "And for the first time in over a decade, business leaders around the world have declared that China is no longer the world's No. 1 place to invest; America is."

Businesses in the manufacturing and electrical industries who are looking to find experienced workers to help them meet demands can enlist the services of operations recruiters.