Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the kickoff of the sixth annual Infrastructure Week:
It’s time to build. We cannot have a true 21st-century economy relying on 20th-century infrastructure. So, this week, manufacturers are helping lead the charge for bold investment in our nation’s infrastructure, allying with people from across the political spectrum and urging Congress to act, said Timmons. Infrastructure is one of the rare issues that enjoys widespread support, so there’s no reason for delay or inaction. And with our ‘Building to Win’ agenda, manufacturers have charted the way forward. Like tax reform, a significant investment in our nation’s infrastructure has the power to supercharge manufacturing in America by improving our competitiveness while also making our families and communities safer. Manufacturing jobs are at risk—and our standing in the world is threatened—every day we delay. When we invest in our roads, bridges, ports, pipes, power grid, telecommunications and so much more, we’re investing in America’s manufacturing workers and in our nation’s future.
The Fertilizer Institute President Chris Jahn, who serves as chairman of the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA), will participate in a panel discussion on rural infrastructure investment as a part of the kickoff event being held at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station. The full program will be livestreamed here: https://www.facebook.com/NAMpage/videos/10155616522467201/
The NAM is a member of Infrastructure Week’s Steering Committee, which also includes the AFL-CIO, American Society of Civil Engineers, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, Building America’s Future, Business Roundtable, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Value of Water Campaign. More information can be found at infrastructureweek.org
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.