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A Publication of the National Association of Manufacturers
June 7, 2012
Missed the Summit? Ensure Your Voice Is Heard All Year. When manufacturers unite, great things can happen. Our voices are amplified, our messages are powerful and the impact is profound. At press time, hundreds of manufacturers are in Washington at the NAM’s 2012 Manufacturing Summit to tell Congress that manufacturing means jobs. The Summit has been a whirlwind of activity, with manufacturers attending hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill to lobby for policies that will ignite the spark that will fuel a manufacturing renaissance.to tell Congress that manufacturing means jobs. The has been a whirlwind of activity, with manufacturers attending hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill to lobby for policies that will ignite the spark that will fuel a manufacturing renaissance.
In his opening remarks to manufacturers, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said, “You can make a difference in determining whether this country continues to tread water or whether we move forward with bold, pro-growth policies. Your advocacy can push lawmakers across the finish line.” In addition, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) each addressed Summit attendees and discussed ways that Congress can ensure the continued growth and competitiveness of the manufacturing sector.
NAM Board Chair Mary Andringa, president and CEO of the Vermeer Corp.; NAM Board Vice Chair Doug Oberhelman, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc.; Kellie Johnson, president of Ace Clearwater Enterprises; and Al Lubrano, president of Materion Technical Materials each gave personal experiences of the importance of advocating for manufacturing and that every manufacturers’ voice makes a difference.
In an op-ed in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, Andringa and Oberhelman reiterated the importance of being an advocate. “Where the federal government has a role to play, manufacturers must be engaged,” they wrote.
Even if you couldn’t join us at this year’s Manufacturing Summit, you can still ensure that your voice is heard and your story is told year-round. Telling a story of how a particular issue directly impacts you, your company and your employees can really have an impact on a member of Congress if he or she is undecided on the issue and how to vote. That is why it is so crucial, especially in this election year, to reinforce the importance of manufacturing to your member of Congress. How? The NAM offers several tools for you to be an advocate for manufacturing right from your own home.
Manufacturing Works: Advocacy on the Move, the NAM’s online advocacy program, is your one-stop shop to engage with members of Congress and be the voice for manufacturing. The program unites manufacturers from across the country to let lawmakers know that manufacturing does mean jobs, and the decisions they make have a profound and lasting impact on manufacturing. Manufacturing Works allows you to easily send an e-mail or place a call to your members of Congress to let them know where you stand on an issue. You can also set up a meeting or plant tour with lawmakers when they are in your district, and the NAM can provide the tips you need to ensure a successful visit. You can submit an op-ed to your local newspaper on an issue that hits close to home. The site also provides a link to the 2012 Elections Resource Center as well as to upcoming events and news. If you missed this year’s Manufacturing Summit, you can catch all the latest news, updates and photos by following the NAM on Twitter (#namsummit) and joining the NAM’s Facebook page.
In addition, the NAM’s A Manufacturing Renaissance: Four Goals for Economic Growth offers you numerous facts pertaining to investment, trade, the workforce and innovation that you can use to tell Congress the importance of creating an agenda that fosters a strong, thriving manufacturing sector and puts policies above politics and personal agendas.
As the NAM’s 2012 Manufacturing Summit winds down, there’s still plenty to do. To be an advocate for manufacturing requires more than two days of lobbying on Capitol Hill. It requires a continuous effort that tells Congress we need their support 24/7, 365 days a year. Can we count on you? Let’s urge our members of Congress to support key manufacturing issues that will pave the way for a manufacturing renaissance.
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President and CEO: Jay Timmons
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