The U.S. was hit hard by the global recession in 2008, and its auto industry is still recovering. Canada, on the other hand, did not see its economy contract nearly as much. Of course, this varied depending on the type of manufacturing and the larger industries served, but Canada overall weathered the storm well.
Both countries’ governments also do a fair job of maintaining transportation infrastructure, like bridges and railways. However, the United States’ reliance on local tax dollars means that government agencies often run short on cash during economic downturns. This, in turn, can result in shortcomings in maintenance and even critical repairs to infrastructure. The resulting catastrophes and delays can be a significantheadache for U.S.-based manufacturers, especially when hurricanes and tornadoes wreak havoc on an area.