Recent business and industry articles have suggested that manufacturing activity will increase in the U.S. in the coming years, but will be driven by automation rather than gains in manual labor jobs. Improvements in robotic technologies – robots that actually learn new tasks in real-time, will be forefront and center in this growth. Labor wages in once inexpensive volume manufacturing meccas (i.e. China) are rising, which makes domestic manufacturing more attractive. Shipping rates are expected to rise as well in the near future. All this makes for some interesting opportunities related to the financing of such automation equipment and systems.