While manufacturing is hardly confined to the Rust Belt and Upper Midwest, many may be surprised to find it thriving in states not typically associated with the industry.
It's no secret that the manufacturing sector has been on the rise for the past several years, nor that it's generally seen by experts as an industry that still has plenty of room to grow.
Progressive governors in a number of state are signaling that minimum wages changes could go into effect sooner than later.
The manufacturing re-growth of the post-recession era has been a boon to many local economies, but many Americans still often think of the sector really only having a foothold in the Rust Belt and Upper Midwest.
The results of the recent election seems to have emboldened lawmakers in a number of states to finally get to work raising their minimum wages, often after years of inaction despite understanding there was an issue with low pay.
Safety - ahead of any other consideration - should be the primary focus of any manufacturing business.
Minimum wages are on the rise for many states nationwide, thanks in large part to growing public acknowledgement that the federal level just isn't enough to reasonably keep people out of poverty.
The Empire State might not be particularly well-known for its manufacturing sector, but it has long upheld a strong industry, especially upstate.
The manufacturing industry is facing a significant skills gap already, and that disparity between available workers and open jobs is only expected to keep growing in the years to come.
While there has been some concern among workers about the ways in which automation would affect them, some industry experts believe that there's little to be worried about.
When manufacturers look at the current labor landscape, they see some serious issues filling the number of open positions they already have.
Across the U.S., the manufacturing recovery has been robust, to an extent that not even some of the more optimistic experts might have predicted during the recession.
There are still plenty of skeptics as to whether a higher minimum wage is good for the economy as a whole, or just low-paid workers, which would leave business owners potentially in the lurch.
Over the past several years, the American manufacturing sector has taken a lot of big steps forward in terms of job creation and output, and now experts largely see these trends as being likely to continue for some time to come.
While a number of major new factory efforts have grabbed headlines across the U.S. over the past year, they are often not the lifeblood of the nation's manufacturing sector.
While many states in the U.S. have seen significant recovery for their manufacturing industries over the past several years, the fact is that those improvements are often not as strong as they could have been.
With so many cities and states now considering or having already passed minimum wage increases, the number of places where the debate over doing the same is getting a bit bigger all the time.
There are many dangers inherent to workers in just about any manufacturing facility, and this is often accepted as a fact of life in the industry.
Across the country, more cities and states are starting to consider how they can best achieve the goal of raising salaries for their lowest-paid workers without significantly disrupting business interests.
One of the biggest issues for companies in a number of industries is that it's not always easy for them to attract top talent when they have job openings.