manufacturer-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: business that produces goods in volume

Commentary: MANUFACTURER[+business][+producer][+goods][+volume]
NOTE: implies that production of goods is done in volume, large quantities

That clothing manufacturer has merged with a European conglomerate.
Two thousand jobs were lost when the local manufacturer moved operations overseas.
This company with two other chip manufacturers are jointly building a new fabrication plant.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: individual owner, manager or employer of a goods-producing business

Commentary: MANUFACTURER[+individual][+producer] [+role][+boss][+business][+production][+goods][+volume]

Two manufacturers and three attorneys sat on the left side of the boardroom table.
John's father was a successful auto manufacturer.
Terrorists are suspected in the recent shooting of a prominent manufacturer.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2