With Election Day now less than three weeks away, the NAM continued its Leadership Engagement Series today with a stop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Numerous manufacturing leaders including Gerald MacCleary, President of Bayer MaterialScience; Marc Skalla, President of SASCO Chemical Group, Inc.; Richard Harshman, Chairman, President and CEO of Allegheny Technologies Incorporated; and Nicholas Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO of Snap-on Inc. met with NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons to discuss the future of the manufacturing sector and both the opportunities and the obstacles that lie on the horizon.
What better place, after all, to talk about the vital role of manufacturers and the policies that impact them than the Steel City?
Pittsburgh has long been at the forefront of the manufacturing sector. Today, while heavy manufacturing and industry remains a mainstay of Pittsburgh’s economy, the city is also helping to drive the development of advanced manufacturing techniques and technologies that will help the United States to remain a world leader in manufacturing. In Pittsburgh’s back yard, the Marcellus Shale is providing the ample, affordable energy needed to sustain the current manufacturing renaissance, and continue to lure producers back to the United States.
The conditions in Pittsburgh – strong R&D, affordable energy, and a legacy built on manufacturing – are emblematic of what’s helped the American manufacturing sector to grow in recent years. We can sustain these conditions nationwide against the right policy backdrop. Unfortunately, Washington seems bent on policies that would work contrary to these goals. The Environmental Protection Agency continues to advance air regulations that would cripple our energy sector and devastate our economy. Congress remains idle on reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. Our tax code remains a burdensome relic.
The NAM’s Leadership Roadshow is focused on helping manufacturers to present a unified voice in the face of such threats. With just a few short days until the votes are tallied, doing so has rarely been more important. To get involved in the upcoming election, visit the NAM’s Election Center.