America’s Pipelines: Fueling the Manufacturing Economy

NAM Releases New Study Examining Benefits of Crude Oil Pipelines

Washington, D.C., December 10, 2015 – A new study from IHS Economics and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reveals the impact crude oil pipelines have on U.S. manufacturing growth and employment and the advancement and development potential for manufacturers if new crude oil pipelines are constructed to take advantage of the U.S. energy renaissance.

“Manufacturers benefit from both pipeline construction and pipeline maintenance, and as our network of these crude oil pipelines grows, so does manufacturing opportunity,” said NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg. “For manufacturers, this study illustrates yet another reason why the Administration, Congress and our state and local leaders should be encouraging crude oil pipeline investment.”

Key highlights from the study include the following:

  • In 2015 and 2016, 13,252 miles of new crude oil transmission pipelines will be constructed in the United States at a cost of $25.6 billion. This is on top of 61,379 miles of onshore crude oil pipelines operating in the United States at the end of 2014.
  • From both construction and maintenance in 2016, crude oil pipelines supported 243,167 jobs, including 28,438 manufacturing jobs.
  • Crude oil pipelines contributed $46.9 billion to GDP, including $7.6 billion from manufacturing.
  • At least 66 different manufacturing subsectors, out of 86 total, benefited from the construction of crude oil pipelines by $10 million or more in 2015 alone. These include iron and steel, fabricated metals, cement, machinery and paints and coatings.**

** Please note the NAM/IHS study was updated March 2016 to reflect new data for 2016 crude oil pipeline construction and operation.

To learn more about this study, click here, and to read the full study, please visit our website.


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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 $2.09 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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