Center for Manufacturing Research

The Center for Manufacturing Research is dedicated to providing data and analysis that highlights the importance of the sector to the U.S. and global economy, while also helping to advance the policy objectives of manufacturers. It does this creating in-house and commissioned research products that add to our knowledge about the manufacturing sector and the economic impacts of policy actions on overall business activity. Where possible, the Center will also strive to partner with other entities to further discussion and thought leadership on issues of relevance for our members.


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Natural Gas and Economic Growth


A new comprehensive study from IHS Economics and the National Association of Manufacturers (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.


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A study by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) examines the impacts that a new ozone regulation set at 60 PPB would have on manufacturers and the economy.

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An update to the study by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) examines the impacts that a new ozone regulation set at 65 PPB would have on manufacturers and the economy.

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NERA Economic Consulting’s latest update (August 2015 Update) to its economic impact analysis of EPA’s proposed ozone rule reiterates what past analyses and manufacturers have consistently concluded—a strict new ozone rule would be more economically damaging than any single regulation in U.S. history.

In its August 2015 Update, NERA leveraged detailed work it provided on behalf of the Texas Council on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)—the regulatory agency charged with implementing this and previous ozone standards—to update its analysis for the other 47 states. NERA’s methodology for assessing economic impacts is the same as it was in its February 2015 report and July 2014 report (assessing a 60 parts per billion standard). Like the previous reports, this latest update reflects the most comprehensive and realistic assessment of economic impacts of EPA’s proposed ozone rule performed to date. And like previous reports, the conclusions are that a new ozone rule would have harmful consequences for U.S. manufacturers, employment, household costs, and the economy as a whole.

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Health care spending continues to be one of the top issues for manufacturers and small businesses. Insurance premiums have risen for many firms, and provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have exacerbated such increases for some businesses, particularly small and medium-sized entities. Despite such frustrations with pricing pressures, manufacturers see the benefits of offering health care options to their employees.


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  • 01/18/2017
    Holding Us Back: Regulation of the U.S. Manufacturing Sector

    As the momentum builds in Washington for reform—to make regulations smarter, simpler and streamlined—the NAM is out with a new study that demonstrates the urgent need for change.

  • 05/03/2016
    Energizing Manufacturing

    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.

  • 08/04/2015
    Potential Economic Impacts of a Stricter Ozone Standard

    This study reveals that new ozone regulation from the Obama Administration could cost $270 billion/year and place millions of jobs at risk. This would be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the American public.

  • 07/23/2015
    Shaping Up

    Health care spending continues to be one of the top concerns for manufacturers, and recent increases in health insurance premiums for most firms have deepened the frustration.

  • 03/26/2015
    Voters Want Trade Agreements That Level The Playing Field

    The results from a March 2015 national survey among 1,000 likely voters reiterates the overwhelming support for Congress and the President to work together to negotiate more trade agreements that eliminate barriers and level the playing field.

  • 05/03/2016
    New Study Shows Manufacturing Demand for Natural Gas Will Grow
    Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Center for Manufacturing Research and IHS Economics released a new comprehensive study that reveals how natural gas has strengthened manufacturing and encouraged U.S. manufacturing growth and employment and highlights the positive impact to communities around the United States.
  • 07/23/2015
    Health Care Top Business Challenge for Manufacturers
    NAM released a white paper today, titled “Shaping Up: Manufacturers Seek Flexible Health Care Options to Reduce Costs,” that examines health care costs, outlook and changes relating to the Affordable Care Act.
  • 04/13/2015
    U.S. Tax System Is Holding Us Back
    A white paper released today by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Foundation highlights that the U.S. corporate tax system is a drag on manufacturers’ global competitiveness.
  • 01/15/2015
    Doing Nothing Costs Us Something
    The analysis of a study commissioned by the NAM focuses on the macroeconomic impact of five policy changes: a maximum corporate tax rate of 25 percent; a globally competitive international territorial tax system; full expensing for capital equipment; an enhanced and permanent policy toward research and development; and parallel changes for non-corporate pass-through businesses.
  • 09/23/2014
    New Report Shows Status Quo on Infrastructure Hampers Competitiveness
    A new study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers NAM and conducted by Inforum at the University of Maryland offers a view into the economic benefits the U.S. economy would reap with a more concerted effort to address the nation's infrastructure needs.