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Did you know that Thomas Edison didn't invent the light bulb - one of the first electric items? Scientists worked on the simple light bulb for many years before Edison was even born. He did not invent the light bulb. He just perfected it by creating an incandescent bulb. U.S. electrical equipment and supplies manufacturers have been thinking outside the box since Thomas Edison's time. Like the common light bulb, they have seen many changes to meet industrial, governmental and public demands over the years.
COVID-19 hurt U.S. electrical equipment and supplies manufacturers in several ways. States closed most businesses to prevent the virus from spreading. Luckily, electrical equipment and supplies is an essential industry.
However, not all of its suppliers hold the same rank. As a result, some suppliers closed. Others couldn't keep pace with the demand. Still others were overseas and couldn't ship products to the United States quickly enough.
President Biden saw the need to protect the U.S. electrical equipment and supplies industry. His February 24, 2021 Executive Order helps U.S. supply chains, giving federal agencies 100 days to complete a supply chain review. The review aims at four key products, three of the four tying directly to the electrical equipment and supplies industry.
According to MNI, compiler and publisher of the industrial data that powers IndustrySelect, there are currently 480 manufacturers of electrical equipment and supplies nationwide, employing 34,771 people. This employment count is 0.23% higher than last year, meaning that the industry is slowly coming back from the virus's effects. The industry's market value is roughly $164 billion.
23% of electrical equipment and supplies manufacturers import raw materials. As a whole, only 11% of all manufacturers import raw materials. This difference shows why it is crucial to shorten the industry's supply chain.
On the other side of the coin, the industry exports 64% of its finished product. Only 29% of manufacturers as a group export their finished products. This figure highlights the world’s trust in American electronics.
Regionally, the South houses 31% of all U.S. electrical equipment and supplies companies. The Midwest contains 27% of the manufacturers. The Northeast follows with 23% of the total number, and the West claims the remaining 19%.
|Number of Employees
|Lockheed Martin Global Training & Logistics
|Hoffman Enclosures, Inc.
|Yazaki North America, Inc.
|L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
|Brose North America, Inc.
|Phoenix Contact Holdings, Inc.
|FlightSafety International, Simulation
|Modine Manufacturing Co.
|Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
1. Lockheed Martin Global Training & Logistics, located in Orlando, Florida, employs 2,800 individuals. They research and manufacture the electronic warfare equipment that protects U.S. men and women in uniform.
2. Hoffman Enclosures, Inc. manufactures a wide range of electrical enclosures for cables. A workforce of 1,500 in Anoka, Minnesota produces enclosures, boxes, panels and accessories. These items keep the power on and running safely.
3. Yazaki North America, Inc. concentrates on the automotive industry. The 1,300 individuals in Canton, Michigan research and make vehicle power and data parts for fuel, hybrid and electric vehicles.
4. L3Harris Technologies, Inc. is housed in Arlington, Texas. The company started with two brothers who invented a paper feeder in the late 1800s. Since then, the company has grown to include 920 employees and has expanded into the space program.
5. Amarr Co. specializes in residential and commercial electronic garage doors and accessories. From its 800-person facility in Lawrence, Kansas, Amarr makes doors that meet and exceed customer needs. Amarr builds strength, security and energy efficiency into each door.
6. Brose North America, Inc. entered the car industry in the early 1900s just as they were replacing the horse and buggy. Today, the 700 men and women working at the Auburn Hills, Michigan site produce automotive electronics such as power windows, sunroofs and sensors to work automatic lift gates.
7. Phoenix Contact Holdings, Inc. is located in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Its 700-person workforce manufactures control cabinets, installs wiring systems, and works with device and connection technology.
8. FlightSafety International, Simulation leads the electrical equipment and supplies manufacturers in designing and producing flight simulation technology. Its 620 workers based in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma also provide fully integrated flight training.
9. Modine Manufacturing Co. based in Racine, Wisconsin employs 550 individuals. The company works with heat transfer technology. Modine products prevent heavy equipment from overheating and keep the food supply chain cool.
10. Schneider Electric USA, Inc. started in the late 1800s in the steel and machine industry. It quickly branched out to the new electricity industry. The 510-person workforce at Schneider’s Lexington, Kentucky site still leads in the software, power and smart grid sectors.
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