Manufacturers Rolling Up Their Sleeves to Work with Trump Administration, Congress to Strengthen NAFTA

NAM’s Dempsey Says Expanded Trade with Canada, Mexico Will Bolster U.S. Manufacturing, Economy

Washington, D.C., May 18, 2017 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s decision to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

“Manufacturers are rolling up their sleeves to identify ways to modernize the 23-year-old NAFTA so the United States can be competitive in today’s global economy. The jobs of 2 million American manufacturing workers depend on trade with Canada and Mexico today. It’s most important that we protect those jobs and use this opportunity to create more. NAFTA renegotiations must be focused on strengthening American competitiveness and North American trade so that manufacturers can continue to expand output and create well-paying jobs. The NAM is working closely with the Trump administration and Congress. We are explaining the impact of the current agreement on manufacturers and are providing detailed proposals on how best to reshape and improve this agreement for manufacturers and the millions of Americans they employ.”


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 $2.17 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

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