The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which advisor Andy Cross and advisor David Meier discuss topics across the investing world.

Politicians will have you believe that manufacturing is almost dead in the U.S., yet some companies are bucking the trend by not only surviving but thriving. Dave and Andy take a closer look at three and why their manufacturing advantage is good for long-term investors.

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