Manufacturing/Manufacturing-Related Activity (includes simple to advanced)
Manufacturing activities can range from simple to advanced.
A manufacturing operation involves several steps: sourcing of raw materials; preliminary processing, production, and assembly; quality control and testing; labeling and packaging; distribution/transportation, and post-sale follow-up. To enable this manufacturing process requires several support functions: research & development (R&D) and product design; human resources; tax; environment, health & safety (EH&S); marketing & sales; and governance/executive leadership.*
Each step of the manufacturing process and each support function is subject to regulation at the federal, state, and/or local/municipal level of government and is also impacted (directly or indirectly) by regulations and regulatory decisions imposed by governments of other countries.*
It is a good idea to seek legal counsel to make sure that you are in compliance.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 authorized a variety of new regulations and testing requirements for children’s products and some non-children’s products. If you are a manufacturer, importer, distributor, or retailer of consumer goods, all of your products must comply with the CPSIA and other laws enforced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Arizona MEP), a program of the Arizona Commerce Authority, whose mission is to make every Arizona manufacturer the most successful business it can be. (21)
Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC): The Arizona Manufacturers Council, the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, is the voice of Arizona manufacturing. They aim to promote and enhance a positive business climate for manufacturing and related industries that operate within Arizona. (20)
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM): Nation’s largest industrial trade association representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. They are a resource, advocate and a one-stop shop for manufacturers and manufacturing. (20)
Local First Arizona is a nonprofit organization that celebrates independent, locally owned businesses. The Business Directory (in the "Find" tab drop-down menu) includes an Arizona Made category. (22)
Federal Trade Commission: Complying with the Made in USA Standard: Marketers and manufacturers that promote their products as Made in USA must meet the “all or virtually all” standard. This publication offers practical guidance on Made in USA claims. (20)
*Source: Holding US Back: Regulation of the U.S. Manufacturing Sector, Report to the National Association of Manufacturers, Prepared by Pareto Policy Solutions, LLC (p.13 Federal Regulation of the U.S. Manufacturing Sector)