The neighboring states of Ohio and Kentucky have histories of manufacturing efforts stretching back decades.
The manufacturing industry is making a comeback in many states where it had long been a staple of the economy, but also starting to expand with surprising vigor in unexpected places as well.
With factory activity picking up across the U.S., many companies are starting to get more orders than they were used to seeing before.
Pennsylvania used to be one of the nation's hubs for manufacturing and, after a brief dip in activity, is starting to make something of a comeback.
The ability to continually do the day-to-day work within a factory as safely as possible is often an underrated but vital part of helping manufacturers succeed over the course of 2018 and beyond.
With manufacturing starting to boom again in many parts of the country, it should come as no surprise that industry efforts to make sure there are enough well-trained workers to fill any positions they create are now broadening.
For some time now, Maryland has been one of the major battlegrounds in the national Fight for $15 effort to significantly boost the national minimum wage.
While many parts of the country are enjoying something of a manufacturing renaissance these days, places where the industry used to flourish may be in particularly good positions going forward.
The manufacturing industry as a whole has been on a slow but stead upward trend for some time now, and the industry as a whole continues to reap the benefits of broader economic expansion.
There have been a number of states enjoying a bit of a manufacturing comeback in recent years, and many of them are places where people would typically think of the industry as having previously been booming.
Much of the manufacturing industry across the country is now in hiring mode as economic indicators continue to tick up and demand for new products grows.
The manufacturing recovery of the past few years has been so strong that it has had a major impact in even a few potentially unexpected parts of the country.
In recent years, there has been a significant push to ensure workers across the country are able to earn a better living even if they work minimum-wage jobs.
The manufacturing renaissance seen in the wake of the economic recovery after the Great Recession has provided a large number of jobs to workers across the country.
With so many manufacturing jobs now being created or re-shored in the U.S., both in states where the industry has always been a driving force and where it is now just emerging, companies have a growing need for well-trained employees.
A number of states have seen manufacturing comebacks in recent years as more innovation is fostered at home and previously departed jobs are re-shored.
In recent months, a number of state and local governments have made a concerted effort to raise the minimum wage for their lowest-paid workers, and that is now the case in Maine as well.
The manufacturing industry has been booming across the country for some time, and is now positioned to hire massive numbers of workers to fill open manufacturing jobs.
Over the past few decades, the need for increased safety at manufacturing facilities of all types has become more apparent to workers, owners, legislators and safety regulators.
The manufacturing sector ramped up its collective hiring efforts significantly in both the month of December and for the full year of 2017.