The View from Memphis: Manufacturing Must Embrace Trade

By October 23, 2010Economy, Trade

From The Memphis Daily News, covering the remarks Thursday at the Economic Club of Memphis by John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, “NAM Pres Says Trade Will Keep US Competitive“:

Manufacturing supports an estimated 18.6 million jobs in the U.S. – about one in six private sector jobs. Nearly 12 million Americans – 10 percent of the work force – are employed directly in manufacturing.

But too many political campaigns are against trade, Engler noted, and trade is too important to dismiss.

“When you’re campaigning against it, its like your suggesting that the U.S. can’t compete in the global economy.”

Engler cited the NAM’s “Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America” as providing a comprehensive approach toward a strong manufacturing sector and economic revival in the United States.

More coverage of the speech.

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