American Manufacturing 2.0
What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right
by Steven L. Blue
August 2016, 158pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3870-5
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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America’s manufacturing base has long been one of its greatest strengths. How can American industry regain the lead in this arena?

Written by a working CEO who increased earnings in some of the companies he led by 400 percent, this book provides a real-world prescription for prosperity and growth for any company, in any industry.

For nearly two decades, America’s industrial manufacturing sector has been in decline—and as a result, the nation’s prosperity and strength is at risk. Meanwhile, China’s manufacturing capabilities and competence continue to grow, threatening to overtake America as the world’s most powerful and prosperous nation. Drawing on straightforward principles that can effectively be applied to a broad spectrum of manufacturing companies, author Steven L. Blue taps his leadership skills and proven processes honed over his career of growing companies—and saving them—to offer readers an inspiring vision for revitalizing the entire manufacturing sector.

Using case studies and examples from his own experiences, both at Miller Ingenuity and in other roles earlier in his career, the author organizes his lessons in leadership, strategy, and change management into seven values of ingenuity: innovation, excellence, commitment, community, teamwork, respect, and integrity. The book explains how this highly integrated system of operating values can be implemented to turn around a company (if needed) or to propel it to extraordinary growth and prosperity.


  • Presents readers with specific, actionable, and experience-based advice on how to propel a company into a global powerhouse
  • Teaches the importance of the human factor and how to harness it for peak performance
  • Reveals the secrets to building a high performance culture by design—not by default
  • Uses tried-and-true examples from the author's real-world experience in generating turnaround and growth successes
  • Offers advice on customer service, including how not to lose customers while "explosive growth" occurs
Steven L. Blue, MBA, is CEO of Miller Ingenuity, a global supplier of mission-critical components in the transportation industry. Blue regularly provides insight for leading media outlets, including Fox Business, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and SUCCESS magazine. He is the author of Burnarounds: Unlocking The Double Digit Profit Code and The Ten Million Dollar Employee: When Your Most Toxic Liability Meets Your Most Important Customer. Blue holds a bachelor's degree from State University of New York and a master's degree in business administration from Regis University. His website is


"Blue illustrates timeless principles of success. 'The 7 Values of Ingenuity' should be at the heart of any business or organization. They are vital for achieving growth, and especially essential when times are tough."—Dr. James C. Schmidt, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

"Being a successful manufacturer, Steve sees with unique clarity the historical ingredients for manufacturing success and builds a common-sense path for companies and the industry to follow with insightful profiles to amplify his vision!"—Douglas K. Woods, President, AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology

"Steve has done a magnificent job in sharing the core values of ingenuity with powerful examples from leaders and CEOs from a diverse array of industries. Quite frankly, every institution will thrive and succeed by living these timeless yet fundamental principles. This is a must-read for everyone interested in the resurgence of American manufacturing."—S. K. Ramesh, Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, California State University, Northridge

"Manufacturing 2.0 provides an inspiring alternative to manufacturing as usual. The call of this new era in manufacturing is accessing higher levels of employee engagement and innovation requiring a new way of thinking: a culture by design. Through riveting accounts of strategic turnarounds, Steve Blue shows manufacturers the power of embracing authentic values as the foundation for competitive production in the twenty-first century."—Mark R. Young, Professor, Winona State University

"Steve Blue's ideas hit the nail squarely on the head when describing the need for integrity and the need to give up control, but he appropriately is open to all ideas when fulfilling the need to involve everyone to make the business successful."—Bob Kierlin, Retired CEO, Fastenal Company
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