In this area of Michigan, we have two primary industries for employment, the auto industry and the furniture industry. The auto industry you know about, and it is tough times there. For the furniture industry: WOOD TV8 | US office furniture shipments to drop.
Exports do not tell the whole story. Further, who has said that "American manufacturing is dying"? Without context, it's hard to judge things.The Grand Rapids-based trade organization says on its Web site that shipments are expected to drop 31 percent this year, to $7.7 billion, when compared with 2008.