Folks often like to say, "You know the problem with this country? We don't make anything anymore." And it's somewhat true. So much of many people's day-to-day is spent on cranking out intangible products: Groupons, articles or ideas. What's ironic is that usually the people who say this never actually do anything about it: They think they're being clever just by stating the obvious.
Well, the truth is that we're starting to make things again. Not that we ever really stopped, but you know what I mean. The Daily Herald Business Ledger has the scoop: "Though experts agree that U.S. soil will never again be home to all the manufacturing jobs that left, signs continue to point toward a resurgence in the suburbs as the economy slowly improves and the cost gap between domestic and foreign production narrows."
The Ledger article cites businesses like Bison Gear and Engineering Corp. in St. Charles, Peerless Industries in Aurora and Acme Industries in Elk Grove Village stirring and hiring more, are "local trends [that] mirror what's going on in the rest of the country." Ironically, after all the outsourcing that's been done, the reason that we're starting to take back manufacturing jobs is, according to this article, the rising cost of foreign labor.
To read more on it, read the full piece here.
David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.