Infrastructure

Manufacturers need an updated and modern infrastructure system to remain competitive in a global economy. Over the past decade, troubling trends in infrastructure investment have emerged.

The NAM continues to rally support for broad-based, jobs-creating investment in expansion and modernization, including advocating for increased public and private infrastructure funding, developing an interstate system focused on moving goods to market, investing in ports and inland waterways, supporting efforts to reduce traffic congestion and modernizing drinking water and wastewater systems as well as modernizing information and telecommunications infrastructure.

Manufacturers to Next President and Congress: Be Bold on Infrastructure; Build to Win



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Aviation Infrastructure

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Understand the Issue

While competitor nations continue to invest in infrastructure, the United States is stuck in a decade-long period of decline in overall infrastructure capital spending.

Investment in highways, roads and bridges fell 3.5 percent each year from 2003 to 2012.

70 percent believe U.S. infrastructure is in fair or poor shape and needs a great deal or quite a bit of improvement.


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Manufacturers need an updated and modern infrastructure system to remain competitive in a global economy. Unfortunately, troubling trends in infrastructure investment have emerged over the past decade, putting our once envied infrastructure system into a state of decline. Aging roads and bridges, for example, are falling into disrepair, causing congestion and bottlenecks for the freight transportation network. Our aviation system is outdated and in need of an air traffic control system designed for the 21st century.

Manufacturers continue to rally support for broad-based, jobs-creating investment in upgrades, expansion and modernization of our nation’s infrastructure systems. These efforts include advocating for increased public and private infrastructure funding, developing an interstate system focused on moving goods to market, investing in ports and inland waterways to keep commerce moving, supporting efforts to reduce traffic congestion, modernizing drinking water and wastewater systems, and modernizing the information and telecommunications infrastructure.

U.S. Manufacturers on Vital National Infrastructure


This executive overview of results from a survey of U.S. Manufacturers on vital national infrastructure was conducted in conjunction with Building America's Future (BAF). 


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NAM in the News

Press Releases

  • 02/13/2017
    The NAM Builds Bipartisan Approach to Advance Infrastructure
    We all agree that America’s infrastructure must be updated and brought into the 21st century. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has been leading efforts to build consensus on how...
  • 01/09/2017
    Experts Say Energy Innovation Strengthens Manufacturing
    A recent study released by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) examined how new technology has impacted the surge of natural gas production in the United States and made U.S. manufacturing...
  • 12/10/2016
    WIIN Act a Long-Awaited Victory for Manufacturers
    National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement after final passage of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN): “There’s no better...
  • 12/04/2016
    Timmons: Dakota Access Decision Defies Logic, Science and Sound Policy
    National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement after President Barack Obama denied the permits necessary to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline. “This decision defies...
  • 11/29/2016
    An Outlook on Infrastructure
    “We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals,” Donald Trump said. “We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by...