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Erin Streeter

Manufacturing Investment Creates New Detroit Auto Jobs

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Detroit is synonymous with manufacturing. America’s manufacturers built the city. For more than a century, manufacturers’ factories have produced the cars which move the world and the jobs that drive Detroit. Their investment made Detroit the Motor City.

Now a new manufacturer is investing in Detroit.

Since 2012, Detroit-based Mahindra North American Technical Center has employed 120 expert engineers. Leveraging American ingenuity, the $19 billion manufacturing company has been driving innovation there. From Mahindra’s Detroit enterprises came a cutting-edge minivan design, $2.5 billion in revenue and 3,000 American manufacturing jobs.

Now the company is doubling down on Detroit. On July 17, Mahindra announced a new $1.5 billion investment. It promises $2.5 million more revenue. And that means more rewarding, well-paying jobs for American workers. The project’s centerpiece is a new factory. In it, 3,000 Detroit manufacturing workers will build off-road utility vehicles, targeting a key segment of the auto market.

In a CNBC interview, Chairman Anand Mahindra said his business values “the best talent in the world.” That’s what he found in Detroit. And that’s why he rewarded its workers with good jobs, solid wages and greater investment.

Mahindra continues the Motor City tradition: employing great people to manufacture great products.

Vice President–Elect Mike Pence Meets with Manufacturing Leaders at NAM Headquarters

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Vice President-elect Mike Pence speaks to the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Executive Committee. From left: Tenneco Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair Gregg Sherrill, Pence and NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. Photo by David Bohrer/NAM



Vice Presidentelect Mike Pence met with the members of the NAM’s Executive Committee, a group of the country’s most influential manufacturing leaders, at the NAM’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., today.

They had a wide-ranging and robust conversation about the policies needed to create jobs and support working families by growing manufacturing in the United States. They discussed the need to work together to deliver tax reform, make necessary investments in our infrastructure, address regulatory burdens, rethink how regulations are developed, rein in health care costs and unleash our energy resource.

The vice presidentelect asked the NAM to help their administration prioritize which regulations should be reviewed for possible repeal that will best help support and grow manufacturing jobs in America. Manufacturers also communicated to the vice presidentelect their appreciation of the president-elect’s willingness and commitment to constructively engage with manufacturing leaders and support manufacturing to create jobs and a better business climate in the United States.


Manufacturers: Help Wanted!

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Manufacturing and jobs were central issues in the presidential election, but what many Americans don’t realize is that manufacturers are looking for skilled workers right now. What’s more, we are expected to have many more job openings over the next decade. As many as 2 million jobs could go unfilled if we don’t start equipping people with the high-tech skills that manufacturing demands.

National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons outlined the stakes and the path forward in a recent Fortune op-ed.

America is failing our youth if we do not equip them with the skills required for innovative manufacturing. Manufacturing careers pay about $15,000 more than the rest of the private sector, and manufacturing can provide job security and upward mobility like no other industry.

This is good news for working families at a time when some have lost faith in the American dream and are questioning our very system of free enterprise. But we should not give up; we should not lose hope. Strategic investment in education and training will carry us toward our goal.

It’s going to take all of us to forge the path forward, and many manufacturing companies are rising to the challenge. Check out this video, the third episode of FutureWork, featuring Dennis Parker, the founder of Toyota’s Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program, as he visits shop floors and explains the importance of, and opportunities available in, manufacturing careers.


Serving Those Who Serve Us: NAM Staff Presented with Employer Patriot Award

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Yesterday, two members of the NAM team were recognized for their support as managers and supervisors to members of our National Guard and reserve services.  NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg and Vice President of Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy Robyn Boerstling were presented with the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Employer Patriot Award for Supervisors.

Robyn and Ross were nominated by Jason Melton, a policy coordinator at the NAM, who also is a technical sergeant with the Nebraska Air National Guard serving for 11 years and with the military for 16 years.

“Ross, Robyn and the National Association of Manufacturers have been vital in enabling me to serve the great state of Nebraska and my country in the Nebraska Air National Guard, said Melton. Moreover, their active support and encouragement has been critical to my success and the mission of the Nebraska National Guard and the security of our country. As supervisors, they go above and beyond in their support for my National Guard duties by providing flexibility and exceptional work accommodations while I am away from the office performing military Guard duties in Nebraska and throughout the world. They are deserving of this award, and I want to thank them for their continuing understanding and support of my service.”

The ESGR is a Department of Defense organization created to work with employers and service members to enhance the understanding of the missions our service members perform. With such a large percentage of the U.S. Armed Forces now being National Guard and Reserve, the employer plays a vital role in our national defense.

Ross Eisenberg and Robyn Boerstling are awarded the Employer Patriot Award for Supervisors by the Department of Defense. The Adjutant General of Nebraska, Maj. Gen. Daryl L. Bohac presented the award. Photo Credit: D. Bohrer, NAM

Robyn Boerstling and Ross Eisenberg are awarded the Employer Patriot Award for Supervisors by the Department of Defense. The Adjutant General of Nebraska, Maj. Gen. Daryl L. Bohac, presented the award. Photo Credit: D. Bohrer, NAM

More than 80 percent of manufacturers report they cannot find people to fill their skilled production jobs. Meanwhile, thousands of service men and women return home each month, possessing not only an unmatched work ethic but also rigorous technical training and experience.

The NAM and The Manufacturing Institute are committed to connecting veterans to the manufacturing community. Get Skills to Work is a coalition of manufacturing companies and community and technical colleges committed to recruiting, training and retaining veterans in long-term careers in advanced manufacturing and other disciplines.

In partnership with Alcoa Foundation, the Institute has also released an employer playbook on hiring and retaining veterans. The guide, From Military Front Lines to Manufacturing Front Lines: Veterans and Your Workforce,” contains tips and best practices for manufacturers on resourcing, hiring and retaining veterans.

Manufacturers “Most Admired” in New FORTUNE Magazine List

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This year’s FORTUNE magazine list of Most Admired Companies has been released, and manufacturers made an impressive showing. It’s certainly an honor to see so many NAM members heralded. It’s also a testament to the strength of our industry and our standing as the world’s leading innovators and the heavy lifters in the U.S. economy.

Manufacturers are a creative force, embodying the process that turns a mere idea into a physical reality. We are responsible for more private research and development and earn more patents than any other sector. We envision and then we build the things people use to increase their productivity on the job and the things they enjoy when the workday is over. We help people around the globe travel, connect, learn and communicate. We produce life-giving foods, life-enhancing products and lifesaving medicines.  And we power our operations as well as the world’s homes, vehicles, farms, businesses and electronics more efficiently and sustainably than ever before.

No wonder that when Americans are asked what companies affect, benefit and even transform their families’ lives, they name manufacturer after manufacturer after manufacturer.

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Congratulations to NAM’s Jay Timmons

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Today, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons was honored as Association TRENDS’ 2016 Association Executive of the Year. Surrounded by friends and family, Timmons was recognized for his work for manufacturers across the United States and around the world.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Timmons. “When I saw the list of previous honorees, that certainly became quite evident. To be mentioned along with the men and women who I consider giants of our profession, mentors and heroes, colleagues and friends, is unbelievably humbling.”

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New Video Urges Ecuador to Keep Its Promise

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Readers of Shopfloor will be familiar with the story of the “legal fraud of the century.” In this real-life legal drama, activists, the government of Ecuador and corrupt lawyers colluded to bring a lawsuit against Chevron that is extortionate and fraud-ridden. They have spent years using misleading claims and images to try to force the company to pay billions of dollars in environmental damages for which it is not responsible.

Chevron has released a powerful new video showing that it’s the Ecuadorean government that bears true responsibility for environmental and social conditions in the Amazon. Chevron is calling on Ecuador to keep its promise and clean up the Amazon, rather than trying to blame others.


Welders vs. Philosophers

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Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) won a round of applause from the audience at the fourth Republican primary in Milwaukee, Wisc., when he suggested the United States needs more welders and fewer philosophers. Overall, America needs far more people in the skilled trades. The NAM’s Manufacturing Institute estimates that, over the next 10 years, a gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM) skills will result in more than 2 million jobs in manufacturing left unfilled. That talent shortage threatens not only the manufacturing resurgence in America but also the level of economic growth the United States requires to keep our future brighter than our past.

So it’s time more Americans aspired to careers in manufacturing, which, to the senator’s point, are not only highly respectable but also highly compensated. Students and parents need to see STEM fields as exciting, empowering—and worthy to pursuing.

That’s a part of the message David Landon, welding engineering manager of NAM member company Vermeer Corporation, took to Fox Business. Watch.