Local Shipping Materials Manufacturers add a boost to the local economy by serving a market that exists in large and small businesses in any geographic area. Packaging designs and materials are widely used by diverse businesses and industries from retail point-of-sale shipping and wrapping to wholesale packaging and distribution, leading to a wide geographical and technical spread of Shipping Materials Manufacturers. Shipping materials for glass, electronics, machined metal, ceramics, artwork, or printed material all require varying levels of strength, heat, water or corrosion resistance, shape tolerance, and flexibility. Even factors such as electromagnetic isolation or light sensitivity of the shipped materials must be met by the design of the packaging. The function of the material can be designed for single use, for recycling considerations or for re-use and return to the shipper. The fabrication of these diverse product transportation aids will employ workers in the areas of engineering, design, chemistry, and materials as well as management, support staff and assembly personnel. Shipping Materials Manufacturers operate at both the cutting edge of materials design and also in the commodity arena depending on the need of the packaging application. Some of the shipping materials will serve many functions and applications; others will be a dedicated design for a single product or market. The scale of costs for these products can range from that of the commodity shipping material to the high tech engineered reusable repository.