If you’re thinking “Well, it’s just building stuff, isn’t it?” you’d be very wrong.
“The Manufacturing sector comprises establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products.
Establishments in the Manufacturing sector are often described as plants, factories, or mills and characteristically use power-driven machines and materials-handling equipment.
However, establishments that transform materials or substances into new products by hand or in the worker's home and those engaged in selling to the general public products made on the same premises from which they are sold, such as bakeries, candy stores, and custom tailors, may also be included in this sector.
Manufacturing establishments may process materials or may contract with other establishments to process their materials for them. Both types of establishments are included in manufacturing.”
Here’s a list of all those sub-sectors:
1. Food manufacturing
2. Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
3. Textile Mills
4. Textile Product Mills
5. Apparel Manufacturing
6. Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
7. Wood Product Manufacturing
8. Paper Manufacturing
9. Printing and Related Support Activities
10. Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
11. Chemical Manufacturing
12. Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
13. Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
14. Primary Metal Manufacturing
15. Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
16. Electronic Equipment
17. Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
18. Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
19. Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
20. Miscellaneous Manufacturing
These sub-sectors can be broken down even further as one will encompass companies that use different manufacturing processes.
Take for example food manufacturing. This covers:
1. Animal Food Manufacturing
2. Grain and Oilseed Milling
3. Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
4. Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
5. Dairy Product Manufacturing
6. Animal Slaughtering and Processing
7. Seafood Product Preparation
8. Packaging, Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
9. Other Food Manufacturing.
Extensive, wouldn’t you agree?
This should cover up any misunderstandings that you may have and give you a better scope on the diversity of the industry.
You can explore these categories yourself at the Bureau of Labor Statisticsas they will also have the relevant sic codes which you will need when incorporating your business (in the USA that is).
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