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The Dakota Access Pipeline Is Reaping Benefits for Manufacturers After Just Six Months of Operations

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Last year, the Trump administration approved final construction of the long-paused Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota. Six months later, the pipeline is fully operational, and it is already delivering economic benefits for thousands of manufacturing workers.

A new editorial from The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the pipeline’s performance and runs through the numbers. Not only is the pipeline creating more jobs, but it is generating additional revenue for the state:

Between September and October alone, oil production grew by 78,000 barrels a day, the biggest month-over-month increase North Dakota has ever seen. The state peaked at around 1.185 million barrels a day that month—135,000 barrels more than it produced daily before the pipeline was operational. Compared with January 2017, North Dakota has an additional 15 drilling rigs currently in operation…

Increased oil production has resulted in job growth. North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.3% in November, and more than 850 existing wells need fracking crews. State revenue rose by about $43.5 million in the first five months the pipeline was operational. And solely because of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the state is on track for $210 million to $250 million in additional tax revenue by the end of this biennial budget period.

The editorial also points out that the pipeline has drastically reduced oil train traffic in the state, which is a win for the environment considering that oil spills occur much more frequently on trains than in pipelines.

In 2015, a study on the economic effects of pipeline construction commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers found the following:

  • From both construction and maintenance in 2016, crude oil pipelines supported 243,167 jobs, including 28,438 manufacturing jobs.
  • Crude oil pipelines contributed $46.9 billion to GDP, including $7.6 billion from manufacturing.
  • At least 66 different manufacturing subsectors, out of 86 total, benefited from the construction of crude oil pipelines by $10 million or more in 2015 alone. These include iron and steel, fabricated metals, cement, machinery and paints and coatings.

So far, the benefits of the Dakota Access Pipeline are already materializing for thousands of manufacturing workers in North Dakota. It is yet another reason why the administration, Congress and our local and state leaders should be encouraging crude oil pipeline investment.

NAM and Pfizer Prescribe New Campaign to Close the ‘Skills Gap’

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New Medicine to Protect the American Dream: ‘Creators Wanted’ in Manufacturing 

NAM and Pfizer Prescribe New Campaign to Close the ‘Skills Gap’

Washington, D.C., September 4, 2017 – With more than 3.5 million manufacturing job openings expected over the next decade, according to the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) affiliate, The Manufacturing Institute, the NAM and Pfizer today unveiled a nationwide media campaign as part of the NAM’s “Creators Wanted” initiative. The national campaign is a sustained effort to answer manufacturers’ workforce challenges by enhancing perceptions of modern manufacturing careers through advertising, digital targeting and storytelling about the people who represent the present and future of the industry.

The campaign features Pfizer colleagues at the company’s site in Kalamazoo, Michigan, showcasing for parents and students what’s achievable through modern manufacturing careers in the biopharmaceutical industry. The unprecedented attention on manufacturing in America—by political leaders and the press—has raised the stakes for America’s leading innovation industry to compete for talent and to spotlight the growing number of opportunities for lifelong careers in modern manufacturing.

“There are myths about manufacturing that we need to dispel,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “This is more than a public relations campaign. ‘Creators Wanted’ is an urgent call to action to inspire kids and their parents to see modern manufacturing anew. Too many Americans have lost confidence that they can lead lives that will exceed the dreams of their grandparents or that hard work pays off in the end. Modern manufacturing can unlock the potential of our people and our country—if parents and kids see what our jobs offer in terms of pay, career longevity, excitement and reward.

“For years, Pfizer has been a company that extends its work and investment far beyond its own interests—to lift up our industry and our people. Pfizer has been a valued partner of the NAM, helping us to be a forceful voice for manufacturing in the United States and the workforce solutions the industry needs. We are grateful to Pfizer again for stepping up and leading by example.”

The campaign is the first showcase of stories by a biopharmaceutical company to the NAM’s “Creators Wanted” initiative. In the eight months since the initiative’s launch, the campaign’s social media efforts have reached nearly 1 million individuals. “Creators Wanted” has brought together some of America’s top innovative brands and small manufacturers to demonstrate that modern manufacturing offers careers that are well-paid, highly skilled and diverse. Manufacturing careers allow individuals to raise their standard of living and make products that have a positive impact in their communities and beyond.

“As a U.S.-based, global leader in the discovery and manufacture of lifesaving medicines, Pfizer is proud to partner with the NAM on this important initiative,” said Kirsten Lund-Jurgensen, Executive Vice President and President, Pfizer Global Supply. “Our Pfizer Global Supply team—which includes skilled tradespeople, production colleagues, line operators, process engineers, quality control professionals, engineers, chemists and countless others—is committed to manufacturing high-quality medicines and making them available to patients when and where they are needed. Our colleagues are changing lives and saving lives, each and every day. I am inspired by our shared mission and honored to see our colleagues’ dedication and commitment highlighted through this program.”

As part of the NAM–Pfizer partnership, the campaign will drive attention to the stories of the Pfizer Kalamazoo “creators” and encourage parents and students to see firsthand what modern manufacturing looks like on Manufacturing Day, October 6, 2017, at the Pfizer site in Sanford, North Carolina.

“Unless we change minds about manufacturing, we will have more than 2 million jobs unfilled over the next 10 years,” said Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee. “Manufacturing Day and ‘Creators Wanted’ are our chance to turn the tide to convince parents and students we need the next generation and we have a lot to offer.”

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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Employers Support Medicare Advantage

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The below joint blog post is authored by Joe Trauger, National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Human Resources Policy and Katie Mahoney, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director of Health Policy. 

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal that would reduce reimbursements to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans by about 1 percent. While that may not seem like a big change, it is on top of more than 10 percent in reductions to the program the previous two years – and 14 percent since 2010. This is troublesome for the MA program and those who support it, including businesses. Read More

Let’s Not Harmfully Politicize the Success of U.S. Businesses

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By Former Senators George Allen (R-VA) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)

In recent months, the reauthorization of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank—a federal organization with longtime bipartisan support—has somehow found its way into the center of a politically fueled debate on international trade.

At the insistence of a few organizations that should know better, certain Republicans are digging in their heels against reauthorizing this important financial credit facility for small, medium and large U.S. businesses. For companies relying on the Ex-Im Bank, this is a very serious threat as the importance of global trade to advancing industry and job growth in the United States is becoming increasingly essential.

With improving productivity of U.S. industry and 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the United States, exports are more important than ever to American businesses, manufacturers and the overall strength of our nation’s economy, including hundreds of thousands of creative working American men and women. The ability to thrive in the global marketplace is no longer a luxury reserved for only large corporations; it is a vital operating strategy for the dedicated people who work in small and medium-sized businesses.

As our own economy hobbles its way back to pre-recession levels, U.S. businesses are competing ferociously for a share of growing foreign markets. Meanwhile, their competitors overseas receive aggressive government support, from development funding to export financing. In fact, emerging economies, including China and Brazil, are now providing nearly half of all official export financing. While these countries are ignoring the “rules of the road” by which the United States and others play, don’t our own businesses deserve at least a more level playing field when competing against foreign companies seeking to dominate the market share?

That is certainly how business owner and Vietnam veteran Steve Wilburn feels after his company, FirmGreen, recently lost a bid on a $57 million renewable energy contract to a South Korean competitor, primarily based on the uncertainty surrounding the Ex-Im Bank’s reauthorization. With a growing international interest in alternative energy options, Steve relies on the Ex-Im Bank’s financing for his clients abroad to ensure he can compete for these overseas customers. He has leveraged that support to build his small California-based company into a world leader in alternative energy. While $57 million may seem like pocket change to some larger companies, that money would have funded new jobs at FirmGreen, hundreds of jobs through the manufacturing shops with which the company works and significant revenue back into our own country’s coffers. Instead, South Koreans will likely enjoy those benefits rather than Americans.

Yet, some in Washington are still pursuing the argument that the Ex-Im Bank is simply “corporate welfare,” using taxpayer money to fund dead-end companies, despite all the evidence against this theory. That messaging might raise some eyebrows on Capitol Hill, but it sure doesn’t sit well with someone like Steve, who fought for his country and is now only asking for a fair chance to fight for his business.

If there is one thing we know about American entrepreneurs, it is that they are committed to working hard and accepting their own personal risk to see their business succeed. The Ex-Im Bank follows the same guidelines. If a business wants to work with the Ex-Im Bank, they must pay a fee, and foreign customers pay their loans back with interest. As a result, the agency not only pays for itself, but generates a profit to taxpayers. Last year alone, the Ex-Im Bank sent $1 billion in surplus funds to the U.S. Treasury and bolstered more than 205,000 American jobs…the kind of jobs politicians always say they care about.

With the Ex-Im Bank’s charter set to expire just weeks before the November election, this crucial service must not be used as a bargaining chip for some sort of esoteric political gain. Instead, Republicans would be wise to take this opportunity to support working Americans who are looking to expand internationally and recognize how the Ex-Im Bank encourages economic growth, while enabling our country to retain its competitive edge and remain a global leader with products Made in the USA.

Manufacturers Comment on McCabe Nomination

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Manufacturers have worked with Janet McCabe in various capacities in EPA’s air office and we enjoy a constructive working relationship. It’s no secret that we haven’t always seen eye-to-eye on several of the regulations the air office has presided over. Greenhouse gas regulations are at the top of this list, and we hope EPA takes a more moderate approach.

EPA requirements for new power plants and their expected focus for existing power plants are simply not technologically achievable.  We know because our members make the technologies that EPA is basing its standards on.  The result will be to make our electricity supply less diverse, less reliable and more expensive.

A more balanced regulatory approach – one that is technologically achievable – would ensure American businesses and consumers continue to enjoy the affordability and reliability that results from an ‘all of the above’ approach to energy.  We hope the EPA will more carefully consider these concerns going forward.