ICYMI: NAM Board Chair David Farr and NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons: “Manufacturers to American Workers: We’re Hiring”

Excerpts from Real Clear Politics

“For manufacturers in America, the past year has been transformational. We hear it every day from manufacturers of all types, from large iconic brands in big cities to family-owned businesses in small towns: We’ve never been this optimistic about the future.

“At the end of 2017, the National Association of Manufacturers surveyed its membership and the results were record-breaking. Almost 95 percent of respondents felt positive about the outlook of their businesses—an all-time high in the survey’s 20-year history.

“Manufacturing is in the spotlight, with elected leaders and the American people cheering for us. Demonstrating where manufacturers sit in today’s America, three of the guests of honor for President Trump’s State of the Union address were manufacturers—Steve Staub, Sandy Keplinger and Corey Adams from Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Dayton, Ohio…

“According to analysis from the NAM’s Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, manufacturers in the United States will need to fill about 3.5 million jobs by 2025. But about 2 million of those jobs may go unfilled because it is so difficult to find people who have the skills in demand…

“To those wondering if they can find a place in the modern workforce, the answer is an unequivocal yes. With the right skills, we have a place for you in modern manufacturing…As part of the annual NAM State of Manufacturing Tour, we are spreading the message that manufacturers across America are saying, “We’re hiring. ‘Creators Wanted.’” To learn more, visit nam.org/creatorswanted.

“It’s not just about the health of manufacturing; it’s about the strength of the entire U.S. economy. Manufacturing contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy and employs more than 12 million men and women. To grow the U.S. economy and build our future, we must secure the future of manufacturing in the United States—and answer this generational challenge.”


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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