There is little question that the economy of
the United States is in serious trouble. The decade of the 1980s may
have marked the beginning of the decline and fall of its empire. The
symptoms are very evident but the causes are not simple. There have
not been just a few bad mistakes, easily recognized and amenable to
correction; fundamental changes will be necessary in many areas. No
single group in or outside the country is solely responsible; there
are many culprits. Government, the financial community, educators,
the media, environmental fanatics, and managements of manufacturing
companies are all involved.
While there have been notable turnarounds in
some outstanding firms, it is not yet clear that the downward trend
can be reversed; history shows that this occurs very rarely. If it
is to happen, manufacturing cannot be allowed to continue to dwindle
away. It is too important as a wealth generator. It employs at high
wages over 20 percent of the U.S. work force. There is no adequate
substitute for it in the economy.
In the long term, the ability of U.S. firms
to compete worldwide, and the health of the national economy, will
depend on development of new industries able to secure a significant
market position and hold it against competition through excellence
in manufacturing practices.
Whether or not other groups see the light,
manufacturing must get its own house in better order, attack all
waste—activities that add no value to products and services—and
utilize resources more effectively. It is also long past the time
advocates of manufacturing got off the defensive and on the attack,
publicizing its true role, and trumpeting the message that:
Manufacturing matters—because it really
About the Author
George W. Plossl, CFPIM, is founder and
president of G. W. Plossl & Company in Fort Myers, Florida. He
is the only pioneer still active in the field of manufacturing
planning and control. His work over three decades for APICS included
preparing special reports, editing bibliographies and chapters in
both editions of the Production and Inventory Control Handbook,
organizing and working in the MRP Crusade, and leading the initial
six years of the Certification Program. He was awarded Honorary
Membership in APICS and life membership in the Atlanta Chapter in
He has addressed almost every APICS chapter
in the United States and most affiliated groups abroad. His clients
have included practically all of the Fortune 500 firms. Counseling,
seminars and speaking assignments have taken him to every industrial
country in the Western world. He is famous for clear, dynamic,
practical and humorous treatment of his subjects.
His most famous book, Production &
Inventory Control: Principles & Techniques, is often called the
Bible of the field. His latest book, Managing in the New World of
Manufacturing, was written for managers and executives interested in
knowing how manufacturing works and how to improve their operations.
Other published works, including five books and numerous articles,
are acclaimed as thorough, practical, and useful to both educators
and operations people at all levels in manufacturing organizations.
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