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With a level playing field and an accessible market, manufacturers in America can out-perform any competitor. That’s why we need smart trade deals that expand opportunities to sell our products around the world and ensure global trade is open, fair and free.

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NAM’s Jordan Stoick to Moderate Panel on Export-Import Bank

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, March 29, National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Government Relations Jordan Stoick will moderate a panel at the Ex-Im Bank 2019 Annual Conference on the importance of the Ex-Im Bank to the manufacturing supply chain. This panel, which will also feature Click Bond President and CEO and NAM Executive Committee member Karl Hutter, will explore the importance of preserving and protecting manufacturing, service and logistics jobs across the U.S. supply chain, in terms of both American employment and national security.

Manufacturers in the United States need a fully functional bank to compete on a level playing field with countries like China, said Stoick. The bank is critical to the U.S. supply chain, supporting 1.4 million American jobs and generating $7 billion for taxpayers over the past two decades. That is why it is essential that Congress reauthorizes the bank this year and the Senate approves the full slate of stalled Ex-Im nominees.

WHAT: Panel on The Multiplier Effect: Supporting the U.S. Supply Chain
WHO: Jordan Stoick, Vice President, Government Relations, NAM (Moderator)

Karl Hutter, President and CEO, Click Bond and NAM Executive Committee Member

Christopher Barber, Senior Director, Sales and Marketing, American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier

Chuck Cadena, Head of Communications, Public and Government Affairs, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.

WHEN:           Friday, March 29, 2019

8:55 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. EDT

WHERE:           Omni Shoreham Hotel

Regency Ballroom

2500 Calvert St. NW
Washington, DC 20008

 

For more information about the 2019 Annual Conference, click here.

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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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Timmons Delivers 2019 NAM State of Manufacturing Address in Houston

Keynote Speech Emphasized the Next Frontier of Manufacturing and Underscored Need to Fill Significant Manufacturing Skills Gap

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons delivered the fifth-annual NAM State of Manufacturing 2019 Address today at Lone Star College – North Harris in Houston, Texas. Timmons addressed Lone Star students, veterans, business leaders and local manufacturers and highlighted the industry’s optimism for the future, manufacturing’s high-tech, innovative nature and the urgent need to recruit the next generation of manufacturers. He also touched on top policy priorities for manufacturers.

Manufacturing is an engine of job creation. It is the source of America’s strength. And what is the state of modern manufacturing in America? Today, manufacturing in America is on the rise. Tax reform was the rocket fuel it was promised to be, and it’s helping us to climb higher and faster than almost anyone thought possible in this century, said Timmons.

Today, people in manufacturing are using technologies that most Americans couldn’t have imagined a few years ago—artificial intelligence, augmented reality. We don’t just have robots; we have ‘co-bots,’ machines that work in tandem with you. And you have manufacturers trying to figure out how quantum computing could revolutionize logistics.

Timmons highlighted the strength of manufacturing in Texas and the job opportunities available to students. He also emphasized the policy solutions that manufacturers want to see from lawmakers—with a focus on a U.S.–China trade deal, approval of the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement, infrastructure investment and meaningful immigration reform. Timmons touted “A Way Forward,” the NAM’s recently released plan for a comprehensive, legislative immigration solution.

To read the full the address, click here.

Technology has transformed our industry. It’s created incredible opportunities. And as we journey further into this new frontier, we want you to be a part of it, Timmons concluded.

Following the address, Timmons toured Lone Star College’s energy, manufacturing and construction workforce program labs, where he met students and talked with them about their trade skill education.

Carolyn Lee, executive director of The Manufacturing Institute, the NAM’s education and workforce partner, continued the tour in Houston at the Microsoft Technology Center with a Heroes MAKE America class from Fort Hood. Heroes MAKE America is The Manufacturing Institute’s career skills program that aims to support transitioning service members with in-demand qualifications and industry-specific certifications needed for today’s manufacturing workforce.

One of our missions here at Lone Star College-North Harris to ensure our students are prepared for the workforce and the promising opportunities in the manufacturing sector, said Dr. Gerald Fernandez Napoles, president of Lone Star College – North Harris. We’re proud to welcome the National Association of Manufacturers and to help tell the story of the rewarding opportunities in manufacturing. Our energy, manufacturing and construction workforce programs are empowering Texans every day to build meaningful careers.

Lee and the Heroes class also toured BP’s Upstream Learning Center with American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Mike Sommers, where they spoke to BP employees about the NAM’s Heroes MAKE America program. Lee ended the day at Bimbo Bakeries for a facility tour.

Manufacturing is vital to the strong Texas economy, said Jeff Moseley, president and CEO of the Texas Association of Business. Today’s event captured the diversity of Texas manufacturers and the ways our technology is transforming the industry and the industry is transforming lives for the better. Modern manufacturing creates good jobs, drives investment and exports and contributes enormously to our local economies. In fact, the Texas manufacturing industry employs around 896,000 Texans and contributes about $226 billion to our state economy. We need to ensure this industry has the tools, and workforce, to continue leading Texas forward.

For the past five years, the annual NAM State of Manufacturing Tour has focused the nation’s attention on the industry that is the backbone of the American economy, highlighting the more than 12.8 million men and women who are building our future and solving tomorrow’s challenges today. The tour has traveled the country, bringing policy discussions and conversations about the future of work in the manufacturing industry to shop floors, schools, economic clubs, television studios, the White House and more.

This year’s tour will spotlight the industry’s next frontier, while also focusing on manufacturing’s well-paying careers, the industry’s diverse workforce and the policy solutions that are essential for manufacturing’s continued growth.

Members of the media interested in covering the tour should contact mfgtour@nam.org. To learn more about the NAM State of Manufacturing Tour 2019, click here.

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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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NAM: USMCA Signing Is “Landmark” for American Manufacturing Workers

Timmons: 2 Million Jobs Dependent on Exports to Canada, Mexico; Action Urgently Needed

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the signing of the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA):

The signing of the USMCA is a landmark milestone for American manufacturing workers. Manufacturers called for a trilateral agreement, and this moves us one step closer to restoring certainty to the North American market, the biggest market for U.S. exports in the world. By securing the relationship with our North American allies, we are also better positioned to demonstrate a strong and united front against China’s unfair trade practices and end the harm they inflict on manufacturers in America.

Manufacturers need certainty now, not later. With 2 million American jobs dependent on exports to Canada and Mexico, Congress should move expeditiously to review the USMCA before the end of this year. We look forward to working with the administration and Congress to ensure the USMCA is implemented and enforced in a way that empowers manufacturers in America to continue investing in our people and our communities.”

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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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NAM Supports White House on Eliminating China’s Unfair Postal Subsidy

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the White House’s announcement regarding the Universal Postal Union:

President Trump deserves tremendous credit for the administration’s focus on eliminating the anti-US manufacturer subsidy China receives from the U.S. Postal Service, said Timmons. This outdated arrangement contributes significantly to the flood of counterfeit goods and dangerous drugs that enter the country from China. Manufacturers and manufacturing workers in the United States will greatly benefit from a modernized and far more fair arrangement with China.

In April, Timmons sent a letter to Secretary Mnuchin outlining manufacturers’ concerns with the Universal Postal Union system, which allows China to receive a subsidy from the U.S. Postal Service for certain inbound shipments. The U.S. Postal Service lost an estimated $170 million on this subsidy during the last fiscal year, and that number is expected to increase 40 percent annually due to the rapid growth of e-commerce. Read Timmons’ recent op-ed for The Hill on the topic here.

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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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Manufacturers’ Call For A Trilateral Deal Has Been Answered

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the announcement of a revised NAFTA agreement:

Manufacturers are extremely encouraged that our call for a trilateral agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico has been answered, said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. Today, there’s a massive amount of goods flowing across North America, meaning our countries’ economies are inextricably linked. What’s more, as the United States works to put an end to China’s cheating and unfair trade practices, we are better off united with our North American allies. We welcome the administration’s efforts to modernize this agreement and to create more opportunities for American manufacturing workers. As we review the agreement text, we will be looking to ensure that this deal opens markets, raises standards, provides enforcement and modernizes trade rules so that manufacturers across the United States can grow our economy.

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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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ICYMI: NAM’s Timmons Discusses Latest China Tariffs on CNBC

“We Want to See China Play by the Rules”

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Timmons on Additional U.S.–China Tariffs

“The ultimate goal is not tariffs. The ultimate goal is to get China to play by a set of rules, to quit stealing intellectual property, to quit subsidizing their products and to play fairly. And when China talks about restoring the rules of international trade—well, they’re not playing by the rules right now. Our issue, of course, is that tariffs drive up the cost of goods here in the United States, drives up the cost for consumers. So, for manufacturers, we want to see the administration successfully bring China back to the table for negotiations. We’ve been calling for a rules-based, bilateral trade agreement for many months now. And we want to see that done.”

 

Timmons on China’s Ridiculous Postal Subsidy

“We want to see China play by the rules. I’m sitting here with a Mighty Mug that is manufactured or is a product of a United States manufacturer. The intellectual property is owned here in the United States by the Mighty Mug company. It is cheaper to send that mug from China because of an outdated 150-year-old rule on shipping rates than it is to ship it across the street here in this country. That’s not fair. That is not fair to manufacturers here in the United States. We’ve got to get these rules under control. China has got to come back to the table.”

 

Timmons on the Skills Gap Crisis in Manufacturing

“We have been on an upswing for the last several years and that has been supercharged over the last 18 months because, again, of tax reform and regulatory reform. I believe if we get these trade issues under control and we’re able to deal with them successfully, the manufacturing sector in this country is going to continue to grow and to thrive. We already predict by the year 2025 that we will have to fill 3.5 million jobs in manufacturing. Some of that, of course, is due to attrition or folks retiring and that 2 million of those will be unfilled because we can’t find the folks that have the right skills necessary to do those jobs. So education and training is going to be an important component of building the manufacturing sector in the future.”

Read Timmons’ full statement on the latest round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports here.

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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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NAM Statement on Announcement of Additional China Tariffs

Timmons: Talks Needed As “Potential Grows for Manufacturers and Manufacturing Workers to Get Hurt”

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the Trump administration’s announcement of tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports:

Over the last year, manufacturers have delivered for our communities and our people, raising wages, building new plants and creating new jobs thanks to game-changing tax and regulatory reform. But more U.S. tariffs and Chinese retaliation risk undoing that progress and moving our economy in the wrong direction.

With every day that passes without progress on a rules-based, bilateral trade agreement with China, the potential grows for manufacturers and manufacturing workers to get hurt. No one wins in a trade war, and manufacturing workers are hopeful the administration’s approach will quickly yield results. Now is the time for talks—not just tariffs—and manufacturers have laid out a blueprint to reset the U.S.-China commercial relationship that will result in ending China’s unfair and anti-competitive behavior.

In January of this year, Timmons and the NAM sent a letter to the President urging the administration to negotiate a bilateral trade agreement with China. Given plans for additional negotiations, Timmons said that they need to start bearing fruit, because “the costs of a sustained trade war have the potential to be devastating for America’s manufacturers and workers.” In August, the NAM released a three-point framework outlining manufacturers’ priorities to be included in any trade agreement between the two countries.

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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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NAM Statement on Signing of MTB Legislation

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement after the President signed the bipartisan Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) legislation, which was unanimously approved by the House and Senate:

With his signature, President Trump has freed manufacturers and other businesses from a pointless $1 million a day tax. Now that the MTB is law, manufacturers can better compete against companies in China, Europe and elsewhere. This bipartisan effort delivered a win for America’s manufacturing workers, and it empowers manufacturers to continue delivering for our people and our communities.

The NAM has been a leading advocate for the MTB since helping to create a new and objective process that produced this legislation last November. From meetings and media resources detailing the benefits of the MTB for manufacturers in communities across America to spearheading a letter from 150 business organizations urging the House to boost manufacturing by passing the MTB, the NAM has long worked to ensure a positive outcome of this process for our nation’s manufacturers. Click here for testimonials from manufacturers in America on the importance of the MTB.

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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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Bipartisan Legislation Will End $1 Million a Day Tax on Manufacturers

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement after unanimous, bipartisan passage of MTB legislation:

Manufacturers will now be better equipped to compete and win against companies in China, Europe and elsewhere because the House and Senate have finally moved this legislation. This bill will end the $1 million a day tax that manufacturers and other American businesses have endured just for buying parts and supplies they need. We thank House and Senate leadership and committee leaders from both parties who moved this legislation, and we look forward to seeing President Trump sign this bill into law for America’s manufacturing workers.

The NAM has been a leading advocate for passing the bipartisan MTB legislation since welcoming its introduction in November. Today, the NAM led a letter of 150 business organizations urging the House to boost manufacturing by passing the MTB, and in March, the NAM released a blog on the benefits of the MTB for manufacturers. Following Senate passage of an amended version of the bill in July, the NAM applauded the vote and urged the House to approve the Senate-passed legislation. Click here for testimonials from manufacturers in America on the importance of passing the MTB.

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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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U.S. and Canadian Manufacturers: We Must Have a Trilateral Agreement

“Manufacturing Workers Depend on a Strong Deal”

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) President and CEO Dennis Darby released the following statement on NAFTA:

Manufacturers in the United States and Canada firmly support moving forward at full speed to seize the opportunity to forge a new trade deal with the United States, Canada and Mexico. There is an unprecedented volume of goods flowing between the three countries and significant integration of operations, which makes a trilateral agreement an imperative. Such an agreement secures the jobs of our manufacturing workers and strengthens the critical U.S.–Canada trading relationship. We must also stand together with our regional allies to ensure competitors like China do not reap the rewards of unfair anti-market trade practices. Because of our two countries’ nearly $700 billion trading relationship, our economies are inextricably linked, and our manufacturing workers depend on a strong deal that keeps us all growing and prospering for generations to come.

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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.

-About Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters-

Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has been helping manufacturers grow at home and thrive around the world. In 2016, CME released Industrie 2030 – a roadmap for doubling Canadian manufacturing activity by 2030. Our focus is to ensure the sector is dynamic, profitable, productive, innovative and growing. We aim to do this by strengthening the labour force, accelerating the adoption of advanced technology, supporting product commercialization, expanding marketplaces and, most importantly, ensuring a globally-competitive business environment. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies who account for an estimated 82 percent of manufacturing output and 90 percent of Canada’s exports.

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