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U.S. Manufacturing is a Disappearing Act

April 5, 2003

Filed under: future,manufacturing — Terry Wohlers @ 13:48

A full-page ad in the March 2003 issue of MoldMaking Technology magazine caught my attention. Words in large print read: “Help Keep Manufacturing in the United States. Speak Up and Be Heard in Washington. Join the Fight to Stop the Deindustrialization of the U.S.” It goes on to say that manufacturing in the U.S. is disappearing before our eyes, and if something isn’t done soon, American manufacturing will be a thing of the past. Who is saying these tough words? The Chicago Chapter of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA). 

It is unusual for a chapter of any association to sponsor the cost of a full-page magazine ad. Its goal is to stir the emotions of readers to the point of action. The ad outlines the threat to American manufacturing, specifically moldmakers, and asks readers to respond. This effort, called the “Save American Manufacturing” (SAM) initiative, has stimulated hundreds of letters to the White House. An article on SAM was published in the same issue of the magazine and includes interesting but sobering excerpts from some of these letters. If you are interested in learning more, visit or contact Cynthia Petrucci at, phone 630-978-4747. She will send you sample letters, making it easier to write to our policy makers in Washington.