Administration Delivers Another Point on the Board for Manufacturers

NAM Board Chair Continues to Promote Regulatory Reform

Washington, D.C., October 6, 2017 – Emerson Chairman and CEO and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Board Chair David Farr issued the following statement on the release of a report by the Commerce Department outlining recommendations for reducing regulatory burdens on manufacturers in the United States and streamlining the permitting process:

“Manufacturers’ confidence in our future remains positive because President Donald Trump and his administration continue to act on our concerns and recommendations—to make our country the best place in the world to create jobs. Today’s announcement provides the pathway for removing unnecessary burdens on manufacturers and unleashing the promise of American innovation. 

“It’s an exciting day, and one that’s the result of a lot of hard—and rapid—work by manufacturers and the administration. A few months ago, the president asked me, along with business leaders, to help identify specific regulations that were holding back manufacturers. It was a significant undertaking given manufacturers face more than 297,000 restrictions on their operations from federal regulations. The report published by the Commerce Department included many of our proposals from manufacturers across the country. 

“Manufacturers understand the need for regulations, but regulations need to be effective and balanced. In each of my meetings with the president, and in our work with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, we have seen the type of leadership America desperately needs on reforming our regulatory system, so we are confident this report will result in more bold action. 

“We look forward to continuing to work with President Trump and his administration to ensure our regulatory system is smart, balanced and fair—and to empower manufacturers to invest in America and grow their operations here at home.”


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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