In the first quarter of 2018 alone, manufacturing contributed $2.33 trillion to the economy of the United States, and the 12.75 million workers employed in manufacturing jobs account for 8.6 percent of the workforce, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
According to the association’s most recently available data, manufacturing employs 4.6 percent of the workforce in New York, approximately 436,000 people, producing $72.94 billion worth of total output in 2017.
While such gargantuan numbers might bring to mind images of giant factories and equally large businesses operating them, the association reports that three quarters of the nation’s 251,744 manufacturing firms have fewer than 20 employees.
To help ensure manufacturers, especially those considered small and mid-sized, are able to not only sustain themselves but continue to grow their business, the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership works to connect manufacturers with the services they need to thrive.
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