According to the Institute of Supply Management, the index that measures factory activity gave a reading of 50.2%; a reading above 50 indicates the sector is expanding. However, this isn't all good news, while the reading is still above 50 (which is good), this is the weakest reading over the past 2 years (this is bad).
Some of the possible causes for a weaker reading are economic weakness around the world and a recent decision by China to devalue their currency. As the U.S. dollar gains strength and other countries devalue their currency it makes American made goods expensive to buy, thus hurting American manufacturer's exports.
The best way to improve the index that measures factory activity, improve our current economy, and create a strong foundation for the future, is to support American manufacturing by purchasing items that are Made in the USA. The United States of America is one of the largest consumer-driven economies, if we would start spending more of our money on USA Made items we could create millions of well paying jobs.