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Today’s modern manufacturer is an incredible entity — innovative, advanced, creative and the ultimate entrepreneur. Manufacturers are the ones to make things from raw materials, creating value and new wealth by creating a quality of life for consumers. Being “makers” is inherent in the nature of manufacturers. 

Advanced manufacturing has seized the imagination of the public. From TV shows to podcasts, we are enthralled with watching a television show about how to make baseballs, airplanes, composite materials and even doughnuts. It is a different industry than it was in our parents’ and grandparents’ generations — innovative, creative, advanced, automated, technological and amazingly interesting. Manufacturing is the engine that drives both the state and the U.S. economies.  

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