In Praise of Manufacturing

Manufacturing, making stuff, is fascinating, rewarding, and not least, essential; an important and creative endeavor. The following is a brief overview of the importance and place of manufacturing.


In an age dominated by digital, the essential role of the manufacturing sector often goes unnoticed. Yet, this industry remains a cornerstone of our economic infrastructure and a catalyst for innovation and global stability. As we consider the critical contributions and potential of manufacturing, it is imperative for business leaders and policymakers to fully appreciate its value.

The Economic Impact of Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a powerhouse of economic activity, providing high-quality jobs, contributing significantly to GDP, and propelling secondary services and industries. Research shows that for every dollar spent in manufacturing, approximately $3.60 is added to the economy, reference the Manufacturers Alliance This multiplier effect highlights manufacturing’s essential role in generating economic value that extends far beyond its immediate outputs.

For example, we, ie Volanti, based in Morgan Hill, California, design and assemble its plan review tables in-house. We work with local expertise and source all our metal fabricated parts locally. Actuators are sourced from another state and the electronics, not surprisingly is sourced from Asia. By combining local expertise, domestic manufacturing, and global sourcing, Volanti exemplifies how manufacturing can create value across multiple levels of the supply chain.

Integration of Manufacturing and the Digital Economy

The digital economy and the innovations it produces are fundamentally dependent on the physical devices that the manufacturing sector produces. From essential computing devices to advanced IoT systems, each is a testament to manufacturing excellence. The interdependence between these sectors creates mutual growth; software enhances manufacturing precision, while advanced manufacturing techniques empower software deployment and innovation. Recognizing this relationship is crucial for leveraging the strengths of both sectors to spur economic and technological progress. 

In this respect, Volanti’s Plan Review Tables are designed to enhance the interface to the digital world as construction plans have digitized, we make products to make it easier and more productive to with with these digital assets.

A Virtuous Circle

There is an important interconnectedness of design, supply chain management, and assembly that creates a self-reinforcing cycle that drives expertise, innovation, and the need for continuous education and skill development. Take parts of this away and other parts will start to erode.

Innovation and Research & Development (R&D)

Today’s manufacturing is also a hub of high-tech innovation, far removed from the antiquated factories of the past. It utilizes a significant share of global R&D expenditures, driving advancements in materials science, robotics, and artificial intelligence. These innovations not only boost productivity but also lead to groundbreaking products that reshape our everyday lives.

Sustainability and Green Manufacturing

Leading the charge in sustainability, the manufacturing industry is increasingly adopting cleaner, more energy-efficient processes. This shift is pivotal in addressing environmental challenges and promoting sustainability. By integrating green technologies, manufacturers are not only minimizing their ecological impact but are also enhancing their market competitiveness.

Supply Chain Resilience

Recent global disruptions have underscored the critical importance of resilient supply chains. Manufacturers play a vital role in establishing and maintaining these networks, ensuring the uninterrupted flow of goods and services across borders. A robust manufacturing sector contributes to economic stability and security, reinforcing its role as a pillar of national resilience.

Our approach to manufacturing reflects how we see the importance of supply chain resilience. By sourcing components from local suppliers, we seek to both support local manufacturers as much as possible and to mitigate potential disruptions to ensure a steady flow of materials and components necessary for our operations.

The Role of Policy in Supporting Manufacturing

Effective policies are crucial to maximize the manufacturing sector’s potential. Investments in infrastructure, incentives for R&D, and equitable trade policies are essential to foster an environment where manufacturing can flourish. The Government and industry leaders need to collaborate to support this pivotal sector, ensuring it can continue to underpin broader economic growth.


Manufacturing is more than an industrial sector; it is a linchpin of economic strength, technological progress, and sustainable development. As business leaders, investing in and advocating for the future of manufacturing is a strategic imperative and a commitment to promoting economic resilience and innovation. We should champion this essential sector and recognize its role in shaping a prosperous, sustainable future.

An exploded view of the Volanti Plan Review Table