In another five years, China will be investing as much as twice as much as the United States on development research.
Shurhold Industries received the South Florida Manufacturing Association's Manufacturer of the Year Award.
The National Association of Manufacturers says confidence among U.S. manufacturers is at an all-time high.
German and Austrian companies operating in North Carolina are having no trouble fielding a 21st-century workforce.
On the infrastructure side, improvements should benefit manufacturers, the firm said.
Leveris said his company will invest in "a new state-of-the-art innovation center" in Michigan.
Minnesota state agencies, private employers and non-profit organizations are trying to attract more young people to manufacturing jobs.