Manufacturing Strategy, Agenda, Emphasis, Focus? Yes!

By October 20, 2010Economy, Energy, Trade

From The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “U.S. Steel CEO says U.S. manufacturing in crisis“:

Manufacturers need a national agenda that addresses trade, environmental and tax issues so they can compete in the global marketplace, the CEO of U.S. Steel Corp. said Tuesday.

“There is a crisis in U.S. manufacturing … that transcends the current global economic downturn. The crisis is real. It’s not cyclical, it’s not imagined, and it’s not going away on its own,” John Surma said at a World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh event in the Duquesne Club, Downtown.

A pro-manufacturing agenda must be focused on “making American manufacturers more globally competitive and highlights the need for tax policies that are aligned with global competitors (and) initiatives that will reduce trade barriers and open markets for U.S. exports,” Surma told 80 people from businesses and schools.

Surma’s remarks were titled, “Manufacturing and Trade in the Era of Globalization, A Perspective from the Steel Industry.”  More coverage …

And this provides another welcome opportunity to link to the National Association of Manufacturers’ “Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America.” It’s the NAM’s policy guide and call to action for a national manufacturing strategy.

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