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NAM Senior Vice President of Communications and Brand Strategy Erin Streeter discusses the NAM’s digital strategy and the shift to become a news source for the industry.

Why is the NAM diving into becoming more of a news source for the industry?

First, it’s a direct response to the needs of our members. We’re committed to ensuring that our members and allies have the tools they need to be nimble and effective advocates for our industry. We also want to be a platform for our members to tell their stories of success and achievement.

Second, in this disruptive environment, becoming America’s manufacturing news source isn’t really a choice. We saw this tidal wave of change hitting advocacy and communications coming, and we’ve been building a messaging, rapid response (“War Room”) and newsroom operation that has drawn the attention of some the most powerful leaders in our country and is watched by key business reporters and decisionmakers. We can’t let up now. If we don’t write our story and if we don’t present the facts, we are ceding control of our industry’s future to others.

Building “brand newsrooms” and operating like a media organization aren’t things trade associations have been known to do. Can you explain the rationale for a trade association like the NAM moving in these directions?

That’s right—but it is critical if we want to continue to position the NAM as a leader not only in the manufacturing industry, but also in Washington and across the country.

With today’s noisy, fragmented media environment, manufacturers need a resource they can trust and resource that can get their stories out to the public and key decision-makers. And lawmakers and the public need an authority on all things manufacturing.

What is new about NAM.org?

Everything. The whole concept is new. Take a look around. You’ll see various streams of relevant, timely news on a range of topics. You’ll see interviews with leading experts and CEO perspectives. This site is the next step in our mission to be a constant presence in people’s lives, using new technology, data and analytics to provide customized user experiences that interest, educate and drive action for the manufacturing sector.

With this new site, we are supercharging our ability to provide a best in class user experience across our social, email and mobile products.

In what ways can manufacturers leverage this site and NAM news platforms, such as the Input morning email newsletter?

They can tell their stories. This is their platform. Manufacturers across this country are transforming their communities, innovating great new products and giving people new opportunities for high paying jobs. We want to show the world the great things our industry is doing and how we’re keeping our promises to invest in our people and our communities.

There’s no organization that knows the industry better than the NAM, the one-stop shop for manufacturers. So we’re well-positioned to be a credible and compelling platform—and outlet—for stories about our members. Just like anyone might think of CNBC, Fox Business or Bloomberg as a place to drive business news, I hope we’ll be looked at as a place where our members—and all manufacturers—want to break news because of the quality of our reporting and our proven capacity to reach audiences that matter.

Will the general public or casual reader find a home at nam.org?

Absolutely. Anyone who cares about manufacturing in America—and everyone should care!—can learn something from this site. Again, it’s America’s manufacturing news source. It might be breaking news about a new manufacturing facility coming to their community. Or it might be a helpful Q&A to understand what’s really going on in Congress.

Our Creators Wanted video series is a great example of the compelling content that is designed with the general public in mind. The series tells the stories of real modern manufacturing workers. In their own words, they describe the reason they love the industry. These are targeted to younger people (and their parents) who are making decisions about their future careers. So by inspiring that next generation, this content is supporting the mission of the NAM and our education and workforce partners, The Manufacturing Institute—and it’s changing lives.

There’s truly something for everyone…and we’d love to get feedback on how we can make it even better!

Policy and Legal

Manufacturers Take Action on Climate

With a recent three-year United Nations environmental report spearheaded by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) highlighting dire warnings about human impact on the planet, leaders in the United States are under renewed pressure to find solutions that work. In communities across the country, manufacturers are taking a stand for sustainability – and demanding action against climate change.

While manufacturers have created their own policies to reduce pollution and increase sustainability, manufacturing leaders are increasingly pushing for action. Although policymakers in Washington have yet to settle on a unified approach, the manufacturing industry is making clear that the existing state of affairs is unsustainable.

“Manufacturers hope we can all agree that the current policy – a disjointed system of federal and state regulations that take decades to install and often fail – is not the answer,” said Ross Eisenberg, Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. “A piecemeal regulatory approach just isn’t going to cut it.”

While proposals like the Green New Deal have garnered significant press coverage without gaining a single vote in Congress, manufacturing leaders are seeking opportunities for consensus on climate legislation by focusing on actionable solutions. These proposals include scaling up the adoption of energy- and water-efficient products and technologies, prioritizing innovation and creating pathways for the deployment of new technologies like carbon capture, utilization and storage. It also involves working collaboratively by creating public-private partnerships between government and manufacturers to help them further decarbonize. Finally, manufacturers are encouraging the United States to reengage with the international community in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions together, rather than in isolation.

Manufacturers have unique qualifications to speak about this issue, as most have implemented meaningful programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, pioneer new strategies and technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and set aggressive emissions reduction targets.

These actions have had a significant effect. Over the past decade, the manufacturing industry has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent while the sector’s value to the economy has increased 19 percent. It’s outpacing competitors and demonstrating that it is possible to reduce emissions without falling behind in a global market.

“Our barometer is that manufacturers in America must stay competitive in the global economy, and that requires realistic, practical policies that we can implement while we continue to do the things that make the manufacturing sector strong,” said Eisenberg. “Speaking for the 12.8 million men and women who make things in America, we’re ready.”

Leader Best Practices

Helm Boots CEO on Inspiring Working Class Heroes

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The NAM’s Makers Series is an exclusive interview series featuring creators, innovators and trailblazers in the industry sharing their insights and advice. Each month, we ask founders, executives and leaders of innovative firms what it takes to be a leader for manufacturers and makers in America. For more, visit NAM.org.

Meet Joshua Bingaman, founder of Helm Boots. In this edition of the NAM’s Makers Series, he explains what it takes to inspire the next wave of “creative working class heroes.”

Press Releases

Caterpillar’s Denise Johnson Named to NAM Board’s Executive Committee

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced that Denise C. Johnson, Caterpillar Inc. group president, has been named to the Executive Committee of the NAM Board of Directors. As an NAM Executive Committee board member, Johnson will work to advance a manufacturing policy agenda that promotes growth and prosperity for all Americans.

The NAM is the largest industrial trade association in the United States and the nation’s leading advocate for manufacturing. The NAM’s 14,000 members include some of the world’s most iconic brands, and more than 90 percent of its members are small and medium-sized businesses. The Executive Committee of the NAM Board, which comprises leaders representing companies of all sizes in every industrial sector, is the driving force behind the NAM’s advocacy efforts on issues affecting manufacturers.

The NAM, its Board of Directors and its Executive Committee have a long history of meaningful commitment to furthering policies critical to manufacturing, said Johnson. There are more than 12 million men and women employed in the manufacturing industry across America, and it is essential that we continue to drive meaningful discussion, analysis and consensus with policymakers for our collective future.

Denise is a respected and thoughtful leader, and I am grateful for her expertise, deep understanding and innovative thought on these important topics, said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. The NAM will benefit greatly from her contributions on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors as we work to drive even more manufacturing growth in the weeks, months and years ahead. Our mission is to ensure we keep moving forward—by expanding trade, investing in infrastructure, reforming our immigration system, responding to the workforce crisis and so much more—and we are proud that we see American manufacturers keeping our promise to deliver for our people and communities each and every day.

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For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2018 sales and revenues of $54.722 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three primary segments — Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation — and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media

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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 $2.25 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.

Press Releases

Lakeside Foods’ Glen Tellock Named to NAM Board Executive Committee

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced that Glen Tellock, president and CEO of Lakeside Foods, Inc., has been named to the Executive Committee of the NAM Board of Directors. As an NAM Executive Committee board member, Tellock will work to advance a manufacturing policy agenda that promotes growth and prosperity for all Americans.

The NAM is the largest industrial trade association in the United States and the nation’s leading advocate for manufacturing. The NAM’s 14,000 members include some of the world’s most iconic brands, and more than 90 percent of its members are small and medium-sized businesses. The Executive Committee of the NAM Board, which comprises leaders representing companies of all sizes in every industrial sector, is the driving force behind the NAM’s advocacy efforts on issues affecting manufacturers.

I am honored to be a part of the NAM Executive Committee and continue to fight for policies that will ensure our continued growth and success as manufacturers. Policymakers need to understand how their policies affect the more than 12 million men and women employed in manufacturing, said Tellock. I look forward to sharing my story and the stories of all manufacturers who are keeping our promise to deliver for our people and our communities following historic tax reform and significant regulatory relief.

Glen commands respect as a recognized leader in our industry, and the NAM will be stronger thanks to his service on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. Across America, manufacturers are keeping our promise to deliver for our people and communities following tax reform and regulatory relief from Washington. The NAM’s mission is to ensure we keep moving forward—by expanding trade, investing in infrastructure, reforming our immigration system, responding to the workforce crisis and so much more. Glen will bring invaluable insights as we work to drive even more manufacturing growth in America and be an advocate for the more than 12 million men and women who make things in America.

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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 $2.25 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.

Press Releases

Castro and Srinivasan Join Manufacturing Leadership Council Board

Washington, D.C. – The Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC), a division of the National Association of Manufacturers, has announced the election of Ron Castro, vice president and chief supply chain officer at IBM Corporation, and Krishna Srinivasan, global president and managing partner at Frost & Sullivan, to the MLC’s Board of Governors. The MLC is the nation’s foremost executive leadership organization dedicated to driving transformational growth for manufacturing companies along their digital journey to Manufacturing 4.0.

In a unanimous vote, the MLC Board approved the nominations of both Castro and Srinivasan. With these appointments, the MLC Board of Governors consists of 20 industry thought leaders who represent the full ecosystem of the manufacturing industry, which includes large global enterprises, small and medium-sized manufacturers, leading academic institutions and influential industry analysts.

As an advisory body, the MLC Board of Governors provides guidance to the MLC on its “Critical Issues” agenda, research studies and its programs and services for the MLC membership.

I am delighted to welcome Ron and Krishna to the Board at this exciting time, said John Fleming, chairman of the MLC Board of Governors. They are both experienced global leaders with deep manufacturing knowledge, and I know that their insights and inputs will enable the MLC to grow and add to the value of membership for all our current and future members.

It is my honor to join the Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors. These are exciting times in our industry, and I look forward to positively influencing the agenda and focus for the future of Manufacturing 4.0, leveraging innovative technologies, said Castro.

It’s a great honor to become a member of the Board of Governors for the Manufacturing Leadership Council, said Srinivasan. The MLC is the only true forum in the country focused exclusively on enhancing manufacturing excellence across the entire spectrum of discrete and process industries, and I truly look forward to contributing to its continued success.

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Founded in 2008, and now a division of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s mission is to inspire and support manufacturing executives to achieve transformational growth for themselves, their companies and the industry at large through enlightened leadership. With more than 1,300 senior-level members from many of the world’s leading manufacturing companies, the MLC focuses on the intersection of advanced digital technologies and the business, identifying growth and improvement opportunities in the operation, organization and leadership of manufacturing enterprises as they pursue their journeys to Manufacturing 4.0.

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The Manufacturing Leadership Board of Governors comprises senior executives and industry experts at leading manufacturing, academic and research organizations around the world, including Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble, Ford Motor Company, Dow Chemical, Merck, Cisco Systems, Germany’s SmartFactory Technology Initiative, Lexmark International, Protolabs, Premio Foods, Virtex Enterprises, S&S Hinge, Graphicast, MIT, UCLA, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) in the UK, the U.S. National Tooling and Machining Association and consultants Frost & Sullivan.

For more information and MLC membership details, please visitwww.ml-council.com.

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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 $2.25 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.

Press Releases

Merck’s Quentin Roach Named to NAM Board Executive Committee

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced that Quentin Roach, chief procurement officer and senior vice president, global supplier management and global supply business development for Merck, has been named to the Executive Committee of the NAM Board of Directors. As an NAM Executive Committee board member, Roach will work to advance a manufacturing policy agenda that promotes growth and prosperity for all Americans.

The NAM is the largest industrial trade association in the United States and the nation’s leading advocate for manufacturing. The NAM’s 14,000 members include some of the world’s most iconic brands, and more than 90 percent of its members are small and medium-sized businesses. The Executive Committee of the NAM Board, which comprises leaders representing companies of all sizes in every industrial sector, is the driving force behind the NAM’s advocacy efforts on issues affecting manufacturers.

I am honored to be a part of the NAM Executive Committee and continue to fight for policies that will ensure our continued growth and success as manufacturers. I look forward to continue working with the NAM to help policymakers understand how their policies affect the more than 12 million men and women employed in manufacturing, said Roach. I look forward to sharing my story and the stories of all manufacturers who are keeping our promise to deliver for our people and our communities following historic tax reform and significant regulatory relief.

Quentin commands respect as a recognized leader in our industry, and the NAM will be stronger thanks to his service on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. Across America, manufacturers are keeping our promise to deliver for our people and communities following tax reform and regulatory relief from Washington. The NAM’s mission is to ensure we keep moving forward—by expanding trade, investing in infrastructure, reforming our immigration system, responding to the workforce crisis and so much more. Quentin will bring invaluable insights as we work to drive even more manufacturing growth in America and be an advocate for the more than 12 million men and women who make things in America.

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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 $2.25 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.

Press Releases

Leggett & Platt’s Karl Glassman Named to NAM Board Executive Committee

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced that Karl G. Glassman, president and CEO of Leggett & Platt, Inc., has been named to the Executive Committee of the NAM Board of Directors. As an NAM Executive Committee board member, Glassman will work to advance a manufacturing policy agenda that promotes growth and prosperity for all Americans.

The NAM is the largest industrial trade association in the United States and the nation’s leading advocate for manufacturing. The NAM’s 14,000 members include some of the world’s most iconic brands, and more than 90 percent of its members are small and medium-sized businesses. The Executive Committee of the NAM Board, which comprises leaders representing companies of all sizes in every industrial sector, is the driving force behind the NAM’s advocacy efforts on issues affecting manufacturers.

I am honored to be a part of the NAM Executive Committee and continue to fight for policies that will ensure our continued growth and success as manufacturers. Policymakers need to understand how their policies affect the more than 12 million men and women employed in manufacturing, said Glassman. I look forward to sharing my story and the stories of all manufacturers who are keeping our promise to deliver for our people and our communities following historic tax reform and significant regulatory relief.

Karl commands respect as a recognized leader in our industry, and the NAM will be stronger thanks to his service on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. Across America, manufacturers are keeping our promise to deliver for our people and communities following tax reform and regulatory relief from Washington. The NAM’s mission is to ensure we keep moving forward—by expanding trade, investing in infrastructure, reforming our immigration system, responding to the workforce crisis and so much more. Karl will bring invaluable insights as we work to drive even more manufacturing growth in America and be an advocate for the more than 12 million men and women who make things in America.

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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 $2.25 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.

Press Releases

Click Bond’s Karl Hutter Named to NAM Board Executive Committee

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced that Karl G. Hutter, president and CEO of Click Bond, Inc., has been named to the Executive Committee of the NAM Board of Directors. As an NAM Executive Committee board member, Hutter will work to advance a manufacturing policy agenda that promotes growth and prosperity for all Americans.

The NAM is the largest industrial trade association in the United States and the nation’s leading advocate for manufacturing. The NAM’s 14,000 members include some of the world’s most iconic brands, and more than 90 percent of its members are small and medium-sized businesses. The Executive Committee of the NAM Board, which comprises leaders representing companies of all sizes in every industrial sector, is the driving force behind the NAM’s advocacy efforts on issues affecting manufacturers.

Click Bond is honored to join the rest of the NAM Executive Committee companies to advocate smart policies that advance manufacturing in America. Elected leaders must understand how their policies affect the more than 12 million men and women employed in manufacturing, said Hutter. As a small, family-owned business, Click Bond’s story illustrates how great policy developments like tax reform and regulatory relief are strengthening all U.S. manufacturers and benefiting the talented employees who make our leadership in global manufacturing possible. These stories are real, and they are playing out across the country each day.

Karl commands respect as a recognized leader in our industry, and the NAM will be stronger thanks to his service on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. Across America, manufacturers are keeping our promise to deliver for our people and communities following tax reform and regulatory relief from Washington. The NAM’s mission is to ensure we keep moving forward—by expanding trade, investing in infrastructure, reforming our immigration system, responding to the workforce crisis and so much more. Karl will bring invaluable insights as we work to drive even more manufacturing growth in America and be an advocate for the more than 12 million men and women who make things in America.

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Click Bond, Inc. creates innovative mechanical hardware solutions, delivered through world-class manufacturing and customer support. Click Bond, Inc. is headquartered in Carson City, NV, with manufacturing facilities in Watertown, CT, and Saltney, Wales, U.K. For more information about Click Bond, visit www.clickbond.com.

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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 $2.25 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.

Press Releases

Staub Manufacturing’s Steve Staub Named NAM Board Executive Committee

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced that Steve Staub, president of Staub Manufacturing Solutions, has been named to the Executive Committee of the NAM Board of Directors. As an NAM Executive Committee board member, Staub will work to advance a manufacturing policy agenda that promotes growth and prosperity for all Americans.

The NAM is the largest industrial trade association in the United States and the nation’s leading advocate for manufacturing. The NAM’s 14,000 members include some of the world’s most iconic brands, and more than 90 percent of its members are small and medium-sized businesses. The Executive Committee of the NAM Board, which comprises leaders representing companies of all sizes in every industrial sector, is the driving force behind the NAM’s advocacy efforts on issues affecting manufacturers.

I am honored to be a part of the NAM Executive Committee and continue to fight for policies that will ensure our continued growth and success as manufacturers. Policymakers need to understand how their policies affect the more than 12 million men and women employed in manufacturing, said Staub. I look forward to sharing my story and the stories of all manufacturers who are keeping our promise to deliver for our people and our communities following historic tax reform and significant regulatory relief.

Steve commands respect as a recognized leader in our industry, and the NAM will be stronger thanks to his service on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. Across America, manufacturers are keeping our promise to deliver for our people and communities following tax reform and regulatory relief from Washington. The NAM’s mission is to ensure we keep moving forward—by expanding trade, investing in infrastructure, reforming our immigration system, responding to the workforce crisis and so much more. Steve will bring invaluable insights as we work to drive even more manufacturing growth in America and be an advocate for the more than 12 million men and women who make things in America.

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Staub Manufacturing Solutions is an industry-leading contract manufacturing company that provides production sheet-metal fabrication services to top OEM’s. A family-owned company, Staub has twice been recognized as Manufacturing Business of the Year for their overall excellence, customer service and organizational success. For more information, visit www.StaubMfg.com.

Staub Manufacturing Solutions – 2501 Thunderhawk Court – Dayton, OH 45414 (937) 890-4486

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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 $2.25 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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