Key Points

  • Both President Biden and former President Trump support bringing jobs back to the US.
  • Recent legislation has laid the foundation to create more US manufacturing opportunities while reshoring has also been accelerated by geopolitical concerns.
  • We believe that public and private investment in infrastructure, onshoring and sustainability may provide a broad opportunity set to create value.

In an era where party lines can seem more polarized than ever, there is one topic where both sides come together—supporting a US manufacturing resurgence. President Biden, like President Trump before him, is pursuing a populist agenda, with a doctrine of bringing jobs back to the US.

Policy under the Biden administration has created favorable conditions for reshoring, the practice of bringing manufacturing and services back to the US from overseas, by way of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors and Science Act of 2022 (CHIPS). Each piece of legislation provides funding and tax incentives to spur domestic manufacturing in industries where the US has an excess dependency on imports.

Geopolitical disruptions are also driving companies to re-evaluate supply-chain priorities. Covid-19 shutdowns, the war in Ukraine, the Israeli-Hamas conflict and increasing tension over Taiwan have prompted companies to consider reshoring and near-shoring as insurance against further potential disruptions.

Fiscal Stimulus Kicking In

The significant fiscal stimulus that passed Congress in 2021-22 is now starting to kick into gear. The IRA of 2022 established a New Advanced Manufacturing Production Credit to incentivize the domestic production of various components, including applicable critical minerals used in renewable energy generation, storage and related manufacturing. Infrastructure spending from the IIJA is only beginning to be allocated, which should support US aggregate-oriented producers. The IRA also has approximately $3 billion in financing and facilitation tools to support the buildout of transmission lines across the country.

The IIJA provides historic funding levels to improve public works, including roads, bridges, highways and internet access, as well as to mitigate the effects of climate change. The legislation should have a significant positive impact for a range of industrial companies. While construction businesses are perhaps the clearest category that could benefit, so could companies throughout the industrial-supply chain, including steel and material suppliers, and engineering services firms.

CHIPS aims to encourage investments in domestic semiconductor-manufacturing capacity. It also seeks to jump-start research, development and commercialization of leading-edge technologies, such as quantum computing, artificial intelligence, clean energy and nanotechnology. This investment is mainly driven by geopolitical risk given China’s potential interest in asserting control over Taiwan’s technology industry in an effort to gain technological supremacy over the US, Europe and other countries. We believe there is strong potential for semiconductor capital-equipment companies which manufacture the equipment used to make semiconductors.

Semiconductor Supply-Chain Manufacturing Investments Announced from May 2020 to June 2023

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Source: SIA, State of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry, 2023


President Biden and former President Trump seemingly do not see eye to eye on many issues—however, there is one area of the economy that we believe is poised to thrive regardless of who wins the US election in 2024. After decades of underinvestment in the US industrial base, supply-chain difficulties during the pandemic and geopolitical tension have highlighted the advantages of greater US self-sufficiency. As a result, hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding and other incentives are set to pour into infrastructure, onshoring/reshoring, and the “electrification of everything,” through legislation such as the 2022 IRA and the 2021 IIJA. We believe there is ample opportunity in a US manufacturing renaissance—no matter who is elected president in 2024.  

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