a person, group, or company that owns or runs a manufacturing plant.
a person, group, or company that manufactures.

1710–20; manufacture + -er1 Unabridged
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manufacturer (ˌmænjʊˈfæktʃərə)
a person or business concern that manufactures goods or owns a factory

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Word Origin & History

1719, "worker in a manufacturing establishment," from manufacture (q.v.). Meaning "one who employs workers in manufacturing" is from 1752.
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Example sentences
No other mainframe manufacturer made the transition.
The manufacturer has made some data from the studies available to the press.
The city is still the country's leading manufacturer of ceramics, with a
  majority of its population connected to the industry.
Your phone manufacturer should announce this capability soon.
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