At globalHMA, we find that it’s important to live and breathe our clients’ industries. We subscribe to relevant publications, study their products and the products of their competitors and research the technologies and sciences that drive their creativity. When we get the opportunity to go and be in and around the people who work within our clients’ industries, such as the 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour, we jump at the chance.

An innate part of the creative process is knowledge and research. Taking this piece of the process and diving in head first allows us more time to focus on new and advanced methods to help our clients reach their goals and targets.

That’s why our Creative Director, Katie, and I jumped at the chance to attend the 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour. I came across this opportunity doing a little bit of new business research. I saw 8 stops on the tour, scanned the list and realized Philadelphia was the perfect location for us to attend.

Katie and I traveled to GlaxoSmithKline’s Navy Yard location to listen to industry experts discuss the current state and future of American manufacturing policies. Vital to America’s success, speakers described the impact manufacturing has on our daily lives and the importance of higher growth in the future for the manufacturing sector.

Listening to the perspective of big players in the manufacturing industry gave us great insights into how this group thinks and why they believe in American manufacturing. We’ve taken the knowledge gained back to our team, and we’re excited and ready to work to develop even more tailored ideas for our clients and prospective clients.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) consists of over 14,000 member companies employing over 12 million people who create in America. NAM represents every industrial sector in the United States.

The top 5 manufacturing sectors in the United States are chemical products, computer and electronic products, food, beverage and tobacco products, petroleum and coal products, and machinery – with U.S. manufacturers driving the economy with $1.4 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2014.