A factory, manufacturing plant is an industrial site, usually consisting of buildings and machinery, or more commonly a complex having several buildings, where workers manufacture goods or operate machines processing one product into another.

Manufacturing jobs are defined as those that create new products either directly from raw materials or components. These jobs are usually in a factory, plant or mill but can also be in a home, as long as products, not services, are created.

For example, bakeries, candy stores, and custom tailors are considered manufacturing because they create products out of components.On the other hand, book publishing, logging, and mining are not considered manufacturing because they don’t change the good into a new product. Construction is in its own category and is not considered manufacturing.