How many manufacturing plants are there in the US?
304000 in 2012
It is interesting to know the fact that U.S. manufacturing plants fell from 375,000 in number in 1998 to 304,000 in the first quarter of 2012. Statistics show the fact that the rate of plant closings has been having a declining trend over the last 13 years. Keep in mind the fact that approximately 10,000 plants were closed (3.3 percent of plants) and 8,000 plants were opened (2.6 percent of plants). It is important to know that the manufacturing sector comprises establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products.