In Michigan, Manufacturers Speaking Out

By October 1, 2010Economy

The Michigan Manufacturers Association has joined the National Association of Manufacturers in launchingg a new partnership — a statewide manufacturing group to bring competitive issues to the forefront in the 2010 elections and beyond. (See NAM news release, “NAM, in Partnership with the Michigan Manufacturers Association, Launches New Statewide Manufacturing Initiative.”)

As with the Pennsylvania group announced last week, the NAM’s “Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America” is the call to action and policy platform on which the joint effort stands.

Charles E. “Chuck” Hadden, president and CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association, explains the effort:

Michigan has been hit particularly hard by the economic downturn, and our state’s unemployment remains among the highest in the nation. We need to get the people of Michigan back to work. If our state, economy and businesses are to emerge from these difficult times stronger and more competitive, our elected officials need to understand and implement the policies that will help Michigan’s manufacturers keep costs low and expand their workforces.

That is why I am pleased to be a part of the Michigan Manufacturing Group, a partnership between the NAM and the MMA. This effort will help secure a broadly supported, pro-manufacturing agenda for businesses and workers in Michigan and throughout the country. The MMA and other manufacturers in our state have joined together to educate and inform candidates and members of Congress, as well as state and local officials, on the key issues impacting manufacturers’ ability to do business.

We will seek to engage our current lawmakers and those running for office on the policies that make up a strong manufacturing agenda. It is important that they endorse and work to implement the NAM’s Manufacturing Strategy. Manufacturing is the backbone of Michigan’s economy, and we look forward to working with our elected representatives to revitalize manufacturing in Michigan.

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