NAM Testifies At House Hearing On Infrastructure

By October 11, 2017Shopfloor Policy

On Wednesday, October 11, President and CEO of the Associated Industries of Missouri Ray McCarty testified on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers at a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Highways and Transit Stakeholders’ Perspectives.” Other participants in the hearing included Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation Patrick McKenna, President and CEO of Granite Construction James Roberts, Secretary-Treasurer of North America’s Building Trades Unions Brent Booker, and Chief Executive Officer of Sound Transit Peter Rogoff.

As the sole voice of users of our nation’s highways and transit systems, Ray communicated to members of the committee that that infrastructure is vital to manufacturers’ economic competitiveness. He stated,

As modern manufacturing evolves and becomes even more productive, manufacturers rely on complex supply chains and just-in-time principles where parts are ordered, made and delivered, sometimes within hours. A large manufacturing company in Missouri recently lost an afternoon shift of production due to an accident on I-70 that closed that highway for just a couple of hours. The cost to that manufacturer was more than $1 million. Such delays can be devastating, especially for smaller manufacturers.

Ray went on to compel Congress to solve real problems such as agreeing to a reliable, long term, user-based revenue source for the Highway Trust Fund. To hear more about this important issue to manufacturers, click on these links to the video of the hearing and Ray’s written testimony.

The NAM continues to advocate for an infrastructure package that will make America the best place to make things.

Catie Kawchak

Director, Infrastructure, Innovation, and HR Policy at National Association of Manufacturers
Catie Kawchak is the Director of Infrastructure, Innovation, and HR Policy with the National Association of Manufacturers. Prior to joining the NAM, Catie was Representative Lou Barletta’s Senior Legislative Assistant and was responsible for managing all of his work on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Catie is a graduate of Calvin College and she has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics.

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