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#MFGday16: What Does It Mean to Be an American Manufacturer? CEO Johnny Gardner Weighs In

Posted by Custom Built RI on Oct 11, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Manufacturing Means More Than You Think

The manufacturing industry in America has certainly experienced its share of hits and hardships over the years,
weathering storms from the Great Depression in the 1920s and '30s to the Great Recession of 2008. There have been times when it seemed that being a manufacturer ultimately leads to a slow, painful, financially unviable death. However, through the hard work of men, women, and families all over the U.S., there is an ever-growing swell of excitement and support for the industry. Why? It all comes back to identity. I'd like to share two pieces of that identity which have made and continue to strengthen those in our industry who want to build strong families, communities, and ultimately a stronger country.


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In an age where we hear lots of stories of companies moving their manufacturing out of the country, so many have chosen to stay. According to a 2014 report by the Economic Policy Institute, jobs outsourced to China have taken upwards of 2.4 million American manufacturing jobs since the turn of the century, with that number creeping upwards every day. As one would expect, this has a tremendous impact on not just the economy, but an entire way of life. So many manufacturers began as small family businessess that held a firm bottom line of helping make people's lives better over becoming rich and influential. This has never been more true than today, as company after company works inside and outside factory walls to positively impact our communities, deliver quality products, and preserve a core tenant of what it means to be an American -- hard work. 


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Custom Built has the unique benefit of being located in the Ocean State, where industrial manufacturing began at Slater Mill in 1793, giving way to the American Industrial Revolution. Since then, everything from jewelry to children's toys have been hand-crafted right here. Our family started Custom Built Window and Door Systems in 1961, carrying on this long, proud tradition of making American products in the country's smallest state. We couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to serve homeowners across Rhode Island and Southern New England by providing the full-service manufacture and installation of quality window and door products. Being a local manufacturer means a lot to not only our team, but our customers, as time and time again we see how much homeowners value supporting a local business over a national window manufacturing powerhouse. Being a manufacturer means caring about not only American business, but just how much we can meet the needs of people in our own backyard.

Manufacturing Moves Us Forward

This has always been an industry that's fought hard to move America forward by creating things: jobs, new products, and technology, just to name a few. Being a manufacturer means being part of something that's special and has a tremendous capacity to help better the lives of customers and society.

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