United States Manufacturing Industry Pitfalls & Potholes

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The United States manufacturing industry has become so political correct, that the market changes that are needed for the United States to compete in the world markets has corrected the United States right out of the market. What this means is that we as a manufacturing nation have failed to ensure that political correct does not stop our own industry from advancing forwards, resulting a significant loss in technology and manufacturing jobs.

Dickson and Czinkota’s published a study called “How the United States Can Be Number One Again: Resurrecting the Industrial Policy Debate (Dickson, 1996)”. The hypothesis surrounding the benefits from engaging in technology, educating resources, and the suggested by-product is, reducing your business limitations. The scope of this study compares lessons learned from experts of the Industrial Revolution of the 1830s to the decline of the United States manufacturing superiority of the 21st Century. This study focused on improving manufacturing industry capacity and capabilities; based on the existing literature and actual field experiences. This study from 1996 had some historical bearing, and this lesson was not a new lesson; but a lesson learned about 160 years ago (Dickson, 1996).

Combine the history lesson with the negative effects of NAFTA, the industrial foreign trade policy that favored out-of-country sourcing, it is not a wonder why the effects have been so devastating to the United States manufacturing industry. NAFTA backfired and better supported the 50 years of the strategic industrial growth policies of Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, and Malaysia to protect their industries, invest heavily in manufacturing process research and employee education , subsidize R&D investment, this strategy represented the complete opposite which occurred in the United States. What is clear the United States manufacturing strategy is like driving into the same pothole; those making the rules pull over and change the tire, and forget to repair the road?

In Samir Gibrara’s (1998) article called “Pitfalls, potholes, and acceleration for the global future.” Driving the same pothole is significant because it explains that the industry has failed to learn from their mistakes, a symptom that needs identifying, and reversing.

A sustainable solution is documenting and sharing best practices throughout the United States business and manufacturing industries. As the concept of a globalization gains acceptance and momentum, the highway to the future will have an occasional pitfall and pothole as well. Our challenge is to avoid creating additional potholes as we hasten to our goals (Gibara, 1998). Our goals should focus on having a United States’ buy American philosophy First and the hell with politically correct!


Dickson, P., Czinkota,M. (1996). How the United States can be number one again: resurrecting the industrial policy debate. The Columbia Journal of World Business Fall 96(31), 76-87

Gibara, S. (1998). Pitfalls, potholes, and acceleration for the global future. Area Development Site and Facility Planning.



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Dr. Pietro (Pete) Savo is a Principal Consultant with over 28 years of diverse experience in Business Strategy Improvement (BSI), Leadership Development, Operations, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality Systems, Material Management, Supply Chain, Union Shop and consulting environments. Pietro created the term Manufacturing Research Practitioner ™ as the foundation for his Doctoral thesis dedicated to improving the United States Manufacturing Industry.  Dr. Savo has lectured at, Boeing Aircraft, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce, Northup Grumman, Raytheon and United Technologies on various subjects such as Lean Thinking, Leadership, Team Building, Quality Systems ISO Registrar Selection and Root Cause Analysis. Taught Root Cause Analysis for American Society for Quality (ASQ). Customized Training Specialties Leadership & Culture & Conflict Resolution Made Simple Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Problem Solving & Mistake-Proof It! Lean Manufacturing & The 6S's: Workplace Organization Evolving Quality Systems ISO 9001:2000/AS 9100:2000 Industry Evolution Building Business with the United States Government and Prime Contractors New Project Bidding Team Improvement Training “Know Your Front End” Published: Root Cause Analysis System for Problem Solving and Problem Avoidance Published: PERFECTION - 10 Secrets to Successful Lean Manufacturing Implementation. United States Navy Veteran View all posts by Dr. Pietro Savo

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