Editor's Picks: Manufacturing


In the most recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.09 trillion to the  U.S. economy. This figure has steadily risen since 2009 when manufacturers contributed $1.73 trillion. Such stats make it clear: Manufacturing is a growing sector where smart distributors can stimulate sales.

Case Study

Manufacturing Might

A strong manufacturing base is the foundation of a mobile society, and American manufacturing is enjoying a resurgent life.

With growth that has outpaced the overall economy for the last five years, domestic manufacturing is drawing increased attention from distributors who want in on the action. The encouraging thing is that manufacturing affords many points of entry, with clients that have many needs to fill, from the broadly general to the highly specific.

Safety is one concern that is shared across the entire sector, and products like the sturdy, comfortable safety glasses from Fields Manufacturing (asi/54100) are precisely what clients are looking for. Often, manufacturers like to reward their employees for meeting safety goals. Items like the heavy-duty, flannel-lined duck jacket from White Bear Clothing (asi/97049) make ideal rewards for hard-working men and women.

When selling to manufacturers, workmanship certainly counts. A quality tool like the shockproof LED flashlight offered by Aakron (asi/30270) is a great example of a reliable product that can be passed along to customers, used to stock a company store or even given as an employee incentive.

Additionally, utility and durability are essential aspects of a successful manufacturing promotion. The items gathered here hint at the breadth of what the promotional products industry can provide to the revitalized manufacturing sector: Smartly-designed products that keep everyone working and building toward a better future.

Neon-yellow polyester safety vest has reflective stripes and a 6” x 8” imprint area. Available from Bullet, asi/42424, 800-749-7367.

Soft foam plugs have a noise reduction rating of 29dB. Available from Mi Line by Fey, asi/71032, 800-328-8944.

Durable safety glasses are made with rubber coated temple tips and built-in nose pads. Available from Fields, asi/54100, 800-654-1517.

Waterproof and shockproof LED flashlight has an output of 200 lumens. Available from Aakron, asi/30270, 800-828-1570.

Poplin uniform vest comes in sizes from 2XS through 3XL. Available from FIEL, asi/53509, 800-851-3435.

Folding utility knife has a plastic blade protector and a rubberized cushion grip. Available from Norwood by BIC Graphic, asi/74400, 877-667-9663.

Jacquard custom scarf is knitted from acrylic yarns for comfort and warmth. Available from KTP Design Company, asi/63773, 888-465-1290.

Pantone-matched wall charger has an ergonomic and pleasing design. Available from Pop! Promos, asi/45657, 267-858-4621.

Acrylic star award comes in three sizes and can be imprinted in color or etched. Available from Achievements In Light, asi/30540, 800-784-7770.

Water-repellent Carhartt neoprene phone holster is made with 1200 denier polyester. Available from Leed’s, asi/66887, 866-533-3724.

Heavyweight, water-resistant duck jacket has a flannel-lined body. Available from White Bear Clothing, asi/97049, 800-884-4275.

Nonwoven polypropylene tote features a document pouch. Available from Bag Makers, asi/37940, 800-458-9031.