It's become a staple of every presidential campaign over the years: Candidates from both parties walk through a manufacturing plant and talk about how they will bring back the millions of blue collar jobs America has lost over the years.
In political terms, it's a can't-miss photo op.
The reality paints a far different picture. Like it or not, U.S. manufacturing has not returned to the level of job creation many politicians, including President Barack Obama, have promised.
Remember in the summer on 2012 when Obama gave his nomination acceptance speech and promised to create 1 million manufacturing jobs in his second term?
Three years after that pledge, the U.S. is far from meeting that goal.
"During the downturn we lost 2.3 million workers in manufacturing, that is about 1 in every 4 of the total 8.7 million (jobs) that was lost," said Bill Strauss, an economist with the Federal Reserve in Chicago who specializes in studying manufacturing. "We have recovered less than 40 percent of the lost workers, just shy of 600,000 workers have gotten their jobs back."