The word MANUFACTURER seems to be disappearing, especially in the plural.
"Manufactures of dowel pins sometimes use electroless plating process."
"Find manufactures of Bosch solenoid valve."
"Our manufactures can ship direct to user."
Is it because of English-as-a-Second-Language? But they would be corrected if we were unafraid, and the decline would be nipped in the bud.
It's our language, damn it anyway! We stole it from the Brits, who stole it from all those conquerors! If we let just anybody who wants our U.S. Dollars treat American English any way their spell check allows -- why, that would be like letting just anybody simply walk across our borders and partake . . .