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.


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Manufacturers Highlight Importance of Our Nation’s Infrastructure

“It is not an exaggeration to say that infrastructure touches every part of manufacturing, from roads, bridges and ports to energy pipelines and transmission, and even internet access, telephone lines and broadband networks and without a strong, robust infrastructure network manufacturing suffers, and America falls behind our foreign competitors,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Investing in infrastructure is investing in our future, and there is no excuse for policymakers to abdicate this responsibility while other countries outpace us.

Despite partial progress from Congress last year, lawmakers are still struggling to make serious long-term investments, and too frequently fall back on stop gap provisions to move us out of the immediate crisis. That may seem harmless, but in reality it creates uncertainty, disadvantages manufacturers and erodes manufacturers’ ability to think long-term and innovate. In this election year, manufacturing voters will consider which candidates are prepared to address our need for modern, reliable infrastructure to thrive in today’s global economy.”

Statement from NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, May 16, 2015
 

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.


Read the Full Report

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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