Here is a good article from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers about Why Manufacturing Matters.

And another good article showing Six Reasons Manufacturing is Central to the Economy.

Study some history and look at the numbers to see why "Buying American" and supporting domestic manufacturing is so important to our national security. We will loose on a global scale (in more ways than one) if we don't have a strong domestic industrial base. Military production during World War II

We don't agree with Center for American Progress on most things, but they do have an article on their site that brings up some very good points about the importance of domestic manufacturing. The Importance and Promise of American Manufacturing

There is an interesting video series from ABC in 2011. If you have time to watch these, it will be eye opening. Our small purchase decisions over time can have a big impact on our nation's economy. Here is Part 2 below.