Manufacturers Congratulate Sen. Tim Kaine

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Secretary Hillary Clinton has chosen a tested and successful governor and senator for her running mate, and manufacturers congratulate Sen. Tim Kaine as he joins the Democratic ticket.

I have worked with Sen. Kaine in a number of capacities over the years and am pleased to count him as a friend. From his time as mayor of Richmond, to lieutenant governor and governor of Virginia, to his current service in the U.S. Senate, Tim Kaine has proven to be a principled leader. While we don’t always agree on every issue, he takes the time to listen and most importantly, he keeps his word. He is a dedicated public servant who is well qualified to serve—and who would serve with integrity.

Manufacturers will continue paying close attention to the policy proposals of the Clinton-Kaine campaign. We appreciate Hillary Clinton’s stated support for manufacturing, but we remain concerned that many of the positions she’s highlighted on the campaign trail on trade, energy, taxes, regulations and healthcare would make it more difficult for manufacturers to compete in the global economy and create jobs here at home.

As a former governor, Tim Kaine has firsthand experience and knowledge about the impact of public policy on investment, job creation and competitiveness. On that note, we hope Sen. Kaine, who has spoken positively about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will persuade his running mate that expanded trade will support jobs for millions of Americans.

Manufacturers encourage the Clinton-Kaine team to take a close look at our policy agenda, “Competing to Win,” to gain a better understanding of the policies that manufacturers desperately need to win in a competitive global marketplace. We look forward to working with all candidates to enact comprehensive tax reform, pursue new opportunities to export American products, implement regulatory reform and help manufacturers to provide meaningful benefits to their employees.

If the Democratic ticket works with manufacturers to grow the economy and enhance our global competitiveness, we indeed can be “stronger together.” After all, when manufacturing succeeds, America succeeds.

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Manufacturing Added Less to Real GDP in the First Quarter than in the Prior Two Quarters

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As noted earlier, the U.S. economy grew by an annualized 1.1 percent in the first quarter, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis has now released data breaking out that growth by industry. In short, real value-added output in the manufacturing sector increased by 1.4 percent in the first quarter of 2016, slowing from 2.6 percent and 2.4 percent growth in the third and fourth quarters of 2015, respectively. As a result, manufacturers contributed 0.16 percentage points to headline growth in the first quarter, down from 0.31 percent and 0.29 percent in the prior two quarters.

Looking specifically at manufacturing in the first quarter, real value-added from nondurable goods firms rose 3.8 percent at the annual rate, but durable goods manufacturers saw output decline by 0.6 percent. Therefore, durable and nondurable goods businesses contributed -0.04 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively, to real GDP for the quarter. Read More

Manufacturers File Brief Supporting Energy Access

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Yesterday, the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), the legal arm of the National Association of Manufacturers, along with eight other business and manufacturing trade groups, filed an amicus brief supporting Constitution Pipeline in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After extensive environmental, safety and economic review, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had approved the critical energy infrastructure project. However, the state of New York attempted to block the project, undermining the collaborative approval process. Constitution is challenging New York’s denial of its Section 401 water permit for construction of the new natural gas pipeline.

For manufacturers, who use one-third of our nation’s energy, access to abundant and reliable energy sources are essential to our continued growth and ability to compete globally. While states play an important role under the Clean Water Act, they should not be allowed to use their permitting processes, including the issuance of water quality certificates, to unreasonably delay, exact concessions from, or scuttle federally approved projects.

“As some of the largest producers, transporters, and users of natural gas in the country, many of amici’s members are directly affected by the decision under review, which denied a certification necessary for the construction of an important interstate pipeline,” said parties in the brief.  “Further, amici are concerned by the broader impacts of certification denials like this one on the development of much-needed natural gas infrastructure.  Total natural gas demand, driven in particular by manufacturing and power generation, is poised to increase by 40 percent over the next decade, and the U.S. supply is expected to increase by 48 percent over the same period. Further, explosive growth in shale gas requires the construction of new pipeline capacity.  Amici thus have a strong interest in the effectuation of Congress’s policy for the efficient, transparent, and predictable approval of natural gas pipelines.”

Earlier this year, the NAM released a new comprehensive study that reveals how natural gas has strengthened manufacturing and encouraged U.S. manufacturing growth and employment. This study underscores the need for critical energy infrastructure.

“Over the next decade our nation’s demand for natural gas is only going to grow, and much of that growth is from manufacturing,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Our study unequivocally shows that if our growing demand is not taken seriously by policy makers, we will have a serious lack of infrastructure that will jeopardize our growth. Natural gas is responsible for millions of jobs, tens of thousands in manufacturing alone. We can’t afford to let misguided policies rob us of this valuable domestic resource.”

The MCLA serves as the leading voice of manufacturers in the courts, representing the more than 12 million men and women who make things in the United States. The MCLA strategically engages in litigation as a direct party, intervenes in litigation important to manufacturers, and weighs in as amicus curiae on important cases. To learn more about the MCLA, visit our website.

Manufacturers Looking for Platform to Keep America Exceptional

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Based on news reports, today the Republican Party endorsed many key policies that will make manufacturing in the United States greater. The National Association of Manufacturers advanced many of the tax, regulatory, energy, labor and health care reform policies adopted by the party, and we applaud their inclusion in the platform.

At the same time, manufacturers are disappointed the party allowed divisive issues to obscure the importance of policies that will promote growth and opportunity for all Americans. The platform represents a missed opportunity to promote all pillars of American exceptionalism: free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity. Some statements on trade, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, immigration policy, individual liberty and equal opportunity leave a lot to be desired. These misguided statements do not just hold back the party, but also our country.

If our leaders want to strengthen our country, bolster manufacturing and keep America exceptional, manufacturers have provided the road map to do just that and unify the country around mainstream solutions: Competing to Win.

Manufacturers Congratulate Gov. Pence

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Manufacturers congratulate Governor Mike Pence. Donald Trump has chosen a running mate who has proven executive experience, as well as a keen understanding of the legislative process. While in Congress, he was a champion for manufacturing, accruing a 90 percent lifetime voting record with the NAM.

For manufacturers, however, this election isn’t about the personalities on the ticket. It’s about the policies these candidates support. We are encouraged, though, by Governor Pence’s support for pro-growth tax reform, regulatory reform, energy and healthcare policies. We hope Governor Pence, who has supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will persuade his running mate that expanded trade will make America even greater.

Despite his many policy strengths, we have been disappointed by Governor Pence’s support for laws that fall short of protecting equal opportunity for all citizens. We hope a Trump-Pence ticket will strongly support and defend the equality of opportunity and recognize how diverse workforces strengthen businesses and their communities.

Ultimately, we hope both Trump and Pence will use their campaign to advance an agenda that truly supports manufacturing and the more than 12 million men and women who make things in America. The NAM has already laid out its roadmap for economic growth through manufacturing in our “Competing to Win” agenda.

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Manufacturing Production Rebounded in June after a Disappointing May Report

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Manufacturing production rebounded in June after a disappointing May report. Output in the sector rose by 0.4 percent in June, following a decline of 0.3 percent in May. Strong growth in the motor vehicles and parts segment, up 5.9 percent, helped to boost the headline number. Yet, despite some progress in June, it is safe to say that manufacturing activity remains quite challenged. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing production has risen by just 0.4 percent. That is an improvement from the year-year over year decline of 0.2 percent seen in May, but such sluggish growth was indicative of recent struggles that manufacturers have had in light of global headwinds. Capacity utilization increased from 74.8 percent to 75.1 percent, but that remained lower than the 75.3 percent utilization rate observed in June 2015. Read More

The Convention Circus

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Election buzz is in the air as next week the political party conventions begin. Starting with the Republican National Convention from July 18-21 in Cleveland followed by the Democratic National Convention from July 25-28 in Philadelphia, both Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump will take center stage at their party’s events.

In a special campaign edition of ShopTalk, NAM Senior Vice President of Communications Erin Streeter sat down to discuss the conventions with NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse and Senior Vice President of External Relations Ned Monroe. Interested in learning more? Here’s what you need to know ahead of both conventions. Read More

NAM’s Timmons: Our Economy Isn’t Creating Jobs Fast Enough!

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National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ release of the June jobs numbers today:

“While many in Washington may claim today’s report is a positive development, the bottom line is that an increase in the unemployment rate is unacceptable. Our economy isn’t creating jobs fast enough, especially manufacturing jobs. While 14,000 new manufacturing jobs last month is a positive development, we have lost 24,000 manufacturing jobs so far this year. We are not reaching our full potential. Our elected leaders in Washington and candidates on the campaign trail need to give us clear answers. What are they going to do to remove barriers to economic growth? If they need a guide, manufacturers have already outlined a clear agenda to move us forward.

“It’s frustrating for manufacturers to hear both major party candidates pretend the solution is to bash free trade and perpetuate myths about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and trade agreements in general. It’s time for this isolationist rhetoric to stop. It helps no one—except our competitors in the global economy. The United States should be writing the rules on trade. Trade opens up opportunities for manufacturers in the United States to reach new customers with our products, strengthening our economy and creating good jobs.”

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ISM: Manufacturing Activity Expanded at Fastest Pace in 16 Months in June

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The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) said that manufacturing activity grew at its fastest pace in 14 months. The composite index rose from 51.3 in May to 53.2 in June. Strong growth in new orders (up from 55.7 to 57.0) and production (up from 52.6 to 54.7) helped to boost the headline number by more than expected. Notably, exports (up from 52.5 to 53.5) also improved in this report, which was encouraging given recent struggles in increasing demand abroad. More importantly, this was the fourth consecutive month with manufacturing activity expanding, signaling some stabilization in the sector after five months in contraction in the months prior to that. Read More

Driving a Global Movement to Zero Waste

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This guest blog post is authored by John Bradburn, GM global manager of waste reduction. It is the inaugural blog post in the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Manufacturing a Sustainable Future blog series. 

It’s an exciting time to be working in the automotive industry. Our chairman and CEO, Mary Barra, believes the industry will change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50. GM is restructuring its portfolio to maximize vehicle efficiencies, electrifying vehicles and providing connectivity solutions that promote sustainability. All of this transformation includes our operations and how we make our products. We are committed to responsible manufacturing that conserves our industry’s vital resources. Read More