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Join Fellow Manufacturers June 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C.
ShopTalk: Aric Newhouse and Erin Streeter Discuss the Important Role of Small Manufacturers
Manufacturers Call on Congress to Pass Bill and Get to White House
The NAM is proud to support Infrastructure Week 2016, a national week of advocacy efforts elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting all Americans.
After disappointing manufacturing activity in the first quarter of 2016, the sector rebounded somewhat in April.
May 23, 2016
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) achieves a top goal of manufacturers in the United
States—it eliminates all foreign tariffs on U.S.-manufactured
Put Congress in the palm of your hand with MFG Works, the NAM's new advocacy app that allows users to directly engage with their federal elected officials.
A new comprehensive study from IHS Economics and the NAM Center for Manufacturing Research reveals how natural gas has strengthened manufacturing, encouraged U.S. manufacturing growth and employment and highlights the positive impact to communities around the United States.
May 3, 2016
We are an army of 12 million men and women who make things in America. If all 12 million of us vote, imagine the impact we could have in Washington.
In the most recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy—up from $1.70 trillion in the second quarter of 2009.
The vast majority of manufacturing firms in the United States are quite small. In the most recent data, there were 256,363 firms in the manufacturing sector, with all but 3,626 firms considered to be small (e.g., having fewer than 500 employees).
There are 12.33 million manufacturing workers in the United States, accounting for 9 percent of the workforce. In addition, manufacturing supports an estimated 18.5 million jobs in the United States—about one in six private-sector jobs.
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Shopfloor is the blog of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Since its founding in November 2004, Shopfloor has been a recognized resource for manufacturing advocacy on issues such as energy and labor policy, legal reform, trade and regulation. Widely read on Capitol Hill, Shopfloor is regularly cited by influential media outlets.
GOAL #1Attract Investment
GOAL #2Lead Innovation
GOAL #3Expand Global Market Access
GOAL #4Develop 21st Century Workforce
Manufacturers—and all Americans—need a vision that advances the principles of free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity and thereby empowers manufacturing.
The four goals laid out in NAM's Manufacturing Vision do just that.