Barbecues, fireworks and parades all make up the quintessential American tradition. On the Fourth of July, patriotism runs deep as we celebrate the United States’ independence from Great Britain and all the things that shape our great nation. With the holiday approaching, we reflect on our many freedoms and recognize the millions of Americans that work hard every day to produce products that are proudly labeled Made in the USA.
There are many misconceptions about American manufacturing, so you may be surprised to learn that the top two sectors in the US are: animal slaughtering and processing, followed by electronic instruments. According to Bid-On-Equipment, these two categories make up a majority of the manufacturing industry from coast to coast.
Animal Slaughtering and Processing
This July 4th, be sure to show some love to meat processors because statistics show that Americans will consume 150 million hot dogs over the holiday weekend. To put that in perspective that’s enough hot dogs to make a line from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles more than five times. If you are keeping tabs on the meat you eat, one-third of all hot dogs produced in the US come from Iowa!
Americans don’t stop at hot dogs, about 700 million pounds of chicken and 190 pounds of beef will be purchased in the weeks leading up the Fourth. And there’s a one in six chance that the beef you’re grilling up came from Texas. According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Lone Star State is the leader in the production of cattle and calves.
Although the production of motor vehicle parts makes up most of the manufacturing jobs in the Midwest, electronic instruments are second in line for manufacturing, accounting for approximately 240,000 jobs across 15 states. One of those states is New Hampshire, where the production of electronic instruments dominates the manufacturing industry. The Granite State is also home to MadgeTech, which has been building data loggers out of our headquarters in Warner for nearly 21 years. At MadgeTech, we take pride in maintaining our production process entirely in the USA.
As you enjoy the long holiday weekend with friends and family, take time out to recognize those who contribute to the US economy. From our family to yours, have a safe and happy Fourth of July!