The NAM semi-annual Board of Directors meeting has wrapped –as of last Saturday — but there were a few tidbits worth passing along.
One of the great lines came from our friend Bruce Clarke, head of NAM-affiliate Capital Associated Industries in North Carolina who, in talking about the anti–democracy card check bill, offered a more appropriate name. Said Clarke, this bill should be called the “Put All Your Ballots And Contracts in our Control,” Or “PAYBACC.” Seems a fitting name for this quid pro quo bill.
Also, Mary Andringa, CEO of Vermeer Manufacturing in Iowa, and Chair of the NAM’s Small and Medium Manufacturers (SMM), in her report to the Board, noted that of the 40 or so SMM Directors assembled for the meeting, 70% said that business was “good and growing,” while 20% said it was “flat,” and only 10% — in housing and related industries — said business was off. This is a pretty encouraging sign. Believe us when we tell you we’ve seen those numbers reversed over the past many years.
As for what was on small manufacturers’ minds, by a two-to-one margin, they listed health care as their top concern. This was followed by the need for skilled workers and a two-way tie for third place, between natural gas costs and MEP funding.
Again, it was a good meeting all around. Now they’re all back home making stuff, making prosperity for you and me.
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