9. Creating a Sustainable and Environmentally Compliant Supply Network

The revival of U.S. manufacturing is evident with reports during the summer of 2013 showing steady growth and factory production reaching its highest level in over two years. In 2013 manufacturers contributed $2.08 trillion to the economy, up from $2.03 trillion in 2012. This was 12.5 percent of GDP of year 2012. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.32 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.1

This expansion offers tremendous promise for our economy and is being fueled by a number of factors, including abundant sources of energy, historically low interest rates, and improved lean processes. With this resurgence, however, ...

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