Is that because there are supply chain shortages and people decided there was money to be made by bringing more manufacturing jobs to America or is that due to the Build Back Better programs?
According to the data in the article the answer is both. After seeing China's dysfunction in their Covid response and the general disfavor totalitarianism is failing into as it relates to disruptions in supply chains, the reality that supplies and goods delivered on time - even at higher cost - is still more profitable than the sporadic, unpredictable, unreliable non-delivery of supplies and goods.
And the American Rescue Plan has indeed provided domestic businesses with attractive incentives to return domestic manufacturing which is even more vital since in the past couple of decades foreign car manufacturers have shifted much of their assembly to US-based factories.
As it is, the main problem with even more US manufacturing hasn't been the will, it's been the lack of available employees, again as noted in the article.
Manufacturers say the numbers could be even stronger, if not for their continued difficulties attracting and hiring skilled workers amid 3.7 percent unemployment.
Fernando Torres, vice president of operations for Greene Tweed, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of materials and components used by the aerospace and semiconductor industries, said his company has had to become more flexible to attract new workers and offer more attractive salaries and benefits. He has been looking for employees with different backgrounds that the company can train to develop the skills to fill open jobs, and said that it has been hard to retain staff because competitors are aggressively trying to lure them away.
But Mr. Torres said that Greene Tweed, which employs just fewer than 2,000 workers, did not plan to give up, considering the demand for his company's products.
"We are looking for lots of employees," Mr. Torres said. "We are not looking at slowing down."
Chuck Wetherington, president of BTE Technologies, a manufacturer of medical devices based in Maryland, said that he was trying to expand his work force of around 40 by 10 percent. A lack of workers, he said, has become a bigger problem than supply chain disruptions.
"Our backlog continues to grow," Mr. Wetherington said at a National Association of Manufacturers briefing. "I just can't find the employees."