Education & Workforce Committee Hear from Small and Medium Sized Manufacturers

Manufacturers were well represented on Capitol Hill today as NAM Executive Committee member and Chair of the Small and Medium Manufacturers Group Kellie Johnson, President of Ace Clearwater Enterprises, testified on behalf of small businesses and manufacturers.

Kellie Johnson, NAM Board Member, testifies before the House Ed & Workforce Committee

The House Committee on Education & Workforce held their first hearing of 2012 entitled, “Expanding Opportunities for Job Creation”. Ms. Johnson was chosen to testify because of her insight into state initiatives for job creation, the effects of federal policies on job creation, and the challenges facing small businesses within the current economic environment.

While in front of the powerful House committee, Ms. Johnson highlighted the ways in which federal regulations burden small and medium manufacturers differently than their larger counterparts, specifically citing recent decisions and regulations from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

She hammered home the point by stating, “The uncertainty of our regulatory and economic environments makes it almost impossible for short or long-term business growth, especially for a capital intensive industry like manufacturing. To be compliant with the newest regulations and rules takes time away from running the day-to-day operations of a business. Resources are constantly rerouted away from customers, resulting in lower productivity and lower customer satisfaction.”

Additionally, Ms. Johnson took the opportunity to speak about the impediments to job creation arising from regulatory overreach from the viewpoint of a small manufacturer was a chance to emphasize the importance of manufacturing to economic growth. To read her full testimony click here.

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