Veterans of manufacturing’s Golden Age — of assembly lines and make-to-stock inventory — will remember when industry classifications were clear-cut and definitive. Automotive manufacturers made cars. GE made light bulbs. Goodyear made tires. Whirlpool made washers. The customer was always right. It was all so simple then.
Fast forward to today. We all know manufacturing has changed tremendously with many positive advantages to the consumer. Auto manufacturers make cars that