While the dust settles off our carb-induced Thanksgiving comas, we’d like to show our gratitude for a winning year in manufacturing. Not only will 2017 be Hamilton’s best year ever in topline growth; it’s also the year that this vital but behind-the-scenes industry hit its stride in many ways, thanks to steady global economic growth, an uptick in energy and other commodity prices and heightened business confidence.
Several industries are feeling the progress—from bulldozers to semiconductors to food products, according to this recent Wall Street Journal article. U.S. manufacturers have added 156,000 workers over the last year, and companies are investing more in plants and equipment to increase productivity. Why the bump? Experts believe we can thank shrinking wage differentials between U.S. and foreign workers, rapid technological advancements and a business-friendly president in the White House.
So to continue the love, here are five more things we’re thankful for here at Hamilton:
- Employees who focus on solutions and always give their all
- A business buoyed by four family generations
- American-made products
- Customers who constantly challenge and inspire us to be better
- The support and love of family and friends
Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017 holiday season.