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Find out what a manufacturing business does and some of the methods it uses to make products. Explore some examples and discover all of the goods in your home that may have come directly from a manufacturing business!
Definition of a Manufacturing Business
Although you don't shop directly at these locations, many of the products you use every day come from a manufacturing business! Look around your home or apartment. The television, the phone sitting next to you, and the computer you're using right now are all products that were assembled and created as part of a manufacturing business. The tires on your car and the picture frame hanging on the wall were also most likely produced by this type of business.
A manufacturing business is any business that uses components, parts or raw materials to make a finished good. These finished goods can be sold directly to consumers or to other manufacturing businesses that use them for making a different product. Manufacturing businesses in today's world are normally comprised of machines, robots, computers, and humans that all work in a specific manner to create a product.
Manufacturing plants often use an assembly line, which is a process where a product is put together in sequence from one work station to the next. By moving the product down an assembly line, the finished good can be put together quicker with less manual labor. It's important to note that some industries refer to the manufacturing process as fabrication.
Manufacturing businesses can be very simple, with only a few parts required for assembly, or they can be very complicated, with hundreds of parts needed to create a finished product. Compared to other businesses, manufacturing businesses usually have more legal regulations and environmental laws to deal with. These things can range from scrutinized labor laws to environmental and pollution issues. Although labor unions are not as common as they were 50 years ago, they still heavily exist in the manufacturing industry, where wages, benefits, and other rights are negotiated. Let's take a look at a few examples of manufacturing businesses.
Examples of Manufacturing Businesses
Ford is one of the largest U.S.-based automakers and has been manufacturing vehicles on a large scale since the early 1900s. The assembly lines are a great visual for what a manufacturing business does. Ford can easily make over five million cars in a single year!
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If you like chocolate, you might want to travel to Hershey, Pennsylvania, home of the Hershey Company. Hershey's has been making its famous chocolate bars in several plants across the U.S. and Mexico for more than 100 years. Some plants produce different products such as Kit Kats, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Whoppers, Rolos, and Twizzlers.
Finally, if you have any cleaning supplies, pet food, or personal care products in your home, there is a good chance that you have some products that were manufactured by Procter & Gamble. This huge manufacturer has plants in over 15 different countries! Gillette razors, Duracell batteries, Scope mouthwash, Tide detergent, CoverGirl cosmetics, and Crest toothpaste are just a few of the goods it produces.
A manufacturing business is any business that uses components, parts or raw materials to make a finished good. These finished goods can be sold directly to consumers or to other manufacturing businesses that use them for making a different product. Manufacturing businesses in today's world are normally comprised of machines, robots, computers, and humans that all work in a specialized manner, often through an assembly line, to create a product. Automotive companies, such as Ford and GM, are classic examples of manufacturing businesses that utilize advanced technology, assembly lines, and human skills to create a finished product.
manufacturing business: any business that uses components, parts or raw materials to make a finished good
assembly line/fabrication: a process by which a product is put together in sequence from one work station to the next
An assembly line puts the finished good together quicker with less manual labor.
After finishing up the lesson, you could have the knowledge needed to:
Define a manufacturing business and provide examples of such
Explain why manufacturing businesses use assembly lines
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