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Chamber’s Josten Set Standard for Effective Lobbying

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With the announced retirement of Bruce Josten from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the business community is losing a stalwart champion of our free enterprise system and a highly respected leader who has defined the Chamber’s advocacy success. For more than two decades, Bruce has been the voice and face of the business community in Washington with singular talent, passion and skill that have set the standard for effective lobbying. He’s been a friend and partner to many of us at the National Association of Manufacturers. In my previous role, I had the privilege of working directly with Bruce on many priorities that our two organizations share. There isn’t anyone in Washington who could be a more experienced and respected mentor for public policy advocacy.

Marty Regalia, who is also retiring, has been as much as anyone a guiding force in shaping and securing major elements of the business community’s tax and economic agenda. Along with Bruce, he has strengthened the work and advanced the progress of the entire business advocacy army. Their leadership has benefited us all. Manufacturers thank Bruce and Marty for their exemplary and dedicated service to promote and defend American Exceptionalism.

Manufacturers Congratulate Sen. Tim Kaine

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Secretary Hillary Clinton has chosen a tested and successful governor and senator for her running mate, and manufacturers congratulate Sen. Tim Kaine as he joins the Democratic ticket.

I have worked with Sen. Kaine in a number of capacities over the years and am pleased to count him as a friend. From his time as mayor of Richmond, to lieutenant governor and governor of Virginia, to his current service in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Kaine has proven to be a principled leader. While we don’t always agree on every issue, he takes the time to listen, and most importantly, he keeps his word. He is a dedicated public servant who is well qualified to serve—and who would serve with integrity.

Manufacturers will continue paying close attention to the policy proposals of the Clinton-Kaine campaign. We appreciate Clinton’s stated support for manufacturing, but we remain concerned that many of the positions she’s highlighted on the campaign trail on trade, energy, taxes, regulations and health care would make it more difficult for manufacturers to compete in the global economy and create jobs here at home.

As a former governor, Sen. Kaine has firsthand experience and knowledge about the impact of public policy on investment, job creation and competitiveness. On that note, we hope Sen. Kaine, who has spoken positively about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will persuade his running mate that expanded trade will support jobs for millions of Americans.

Manufacturers encourage the Clinton-Kaine team to take a close look at our policy agenda, “Competing to Win,” to gain a better understanding of the policies that manufacturers desperately need to win in a competitive global marketplace. We look forward to working with all candidates to enact comprehensive tax reform, pursue new opportunities to export American products, implement regulatory reform and help manufacturers to provide meaningful benefits to their employees.

If the Democratic ticket works with manufacturers to grow the economy and enhance our global competitiveness, we indeed can be “stronger together.” After all, when manufacturing succeeds, America succeeds.

Manufacturers Congratulate Gov. Pence

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Manufacturers congratulate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Donald Trump has chosen a running mate who has proven executive experience as well as a keen understanding of the legislative process. While in Congress, he was a champion for manufacturing, accruing a 90 percent lifetime voting record with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

For manufacturers, however, this election isn’t about the personalities on the ticket. It’s about the policies these candidates support. We are encouraged by Gov. Pence’s support for pro-growth tax reform, regulatory reform, energy and health care policies. We hope Gov. Pence, who has supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will persuade his running mate that expanded trade will make America even greater.

Despite his many policy strengths, we have been disappointed by Gov. Pence’s support for laws that fall short of protecting equal opportunity for all citizens. We hope a Trump-Pence ticket will strongly support and defend the equality of opportunity and recognize how diverse workforces strengthen businesses and their communities.

Ultimately, we hope both Trump and Pence will use their campaign to advance an agenda that truly supports manufacturing and the more than 12 million men and women who make things in America. The NAM has already laid out its roadmap for economic growth through manufacturing in our Competing to Win agenda.

Honoring Ron Bullock, a Manufacturing Champion

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On behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), I send my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Ron Bullock, owner and chairman of Bison Gear & Engineering.

Beyond his leadership at Bison, Ron was committed to advancing the cause of manufacturing in the United States. I was proud to work alongside him at the NAM and The Manufacturing Institute in our efforts to strengthen the manufacturing workforce. As former chairman of the Institute, a member of the NAM Board of Directors and a member of our Workforce and Competitiveness Task Force, Ron gave generously of his time and energy to work selflessly to expand opportunity for all. Our industry is stronger thanks to Ron, and I know many lives have been changed for the better in Illinois and across the country, thanks to his support of our industry and his community. He will be missed at Bison, and we will miss him at the NAM.

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Manufacturers Hear from President’s Top Economic Adviser

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Manufacturers blanketed Capitol Hill yesterday during the first day of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) 2016 Manufacturing Summit, and members of Congress and their staff heard from nearly 500 Summit participants. Before heading back to Capitol Hill, we kicked off day two by hearing from President Obama’s top economic adviser, Jeff Zients.

Zients is the director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president for economic policy. In his remarks to Summit attendees, he offered his perspective on two of our top priorities: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank board nominations.

Zients addresses attendees at the NAM’s 2016 Manufacturing Summit. Photo by David Bohrer, NAM.

Zients addresses attendees at the NAM’s 2016 Manufacturing Summit. Photo by David Bohrer, NAM.

He reiterated many of our arguments about why manufacturers need TPP:

  • Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers are outside our borders, and Asia alone will have a middle class of 3.2 billion people over the next decade.
  • TPP will improve the global competitiveness of manufacturers in the United States as well as our ability to increase sales to markets in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • TPP will deepen our partnerships with our allies.
  • The United States should be writing the rules of the global economy. If we don’t, China will.

These are just some of the reasons why manufacturers of all sizes from across the country are storming Capitol Hill this week to continue our push for TPP and why the Obama administration must work closely with Congress to forge the path forward so we pass TPP this year.

On the Ex-Im Bank, Zients rightly argued that we can expand exports for manufacturers in the United States if we get the agency back up to full strength. That means the Senate needs to confirm a nominee to the Ex-Im Bank’s board so it can once again be fully functional.

During the Manufacturing Summit, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and Zients discuss critical issues facing manufacturers. Photo by David Bohrer, NAM.

During the Manufacturing Summit, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and Zients discuss critical issues facing manufacturers. Photo by David Bohrer, NAM.

While the NAM won’t always agree with the administration on all issues, we appreciate its efforts to expand export opportunities for manufacturers in the United States. Of course, more work needs to be done, which is why manufacturers will continue speaking out today—and every day—until our leaders act.

Will You Stand with Us to Reform Regulation?

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35,000. That’s the cost of federal regulations endured by a small manufacturer with fewer than 50 employees—per year, per employee!

I think we can all agree: this isn’t the way our regulatory system should work. It is time for real reform.

That’s why the National Association of Manufacturers, in partnership with the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, is launching a project called Rethink Red Tape to bring the regulatory issue to life for lawmakers in Washington and provide real momentum for reform.

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Regulations are important, but the constant churn of new and misguided rules leads to regulations that are counterproductive, contradictory and next to impossible to understand. That’s especially hard for small business owners who don’t have the resources to keep pace with new regulations and absorb their higher costs.

Layers of excessive regulations hurt manufacturers’ ability to invest in new innovations, and our entire economy suffers as a result.

To correct this and enable American manufacturers and small businesses to grow and create jobs, regulatory reform has to be a bipartisan priority. Transparency, accountability and honest evaluations of small business costs need to be part of our government’s regulatory calculus. Too often, this is the exception and not the rule.

Through Rethink Red Tape, we’re working to change that, but we need your help to make this work. We need you to stand with us.

Rethink Red Tape will bring personal viewpoints and real-life stories to the conversation to explain the impact regulations have on small firms and the hours and opportunities manufacturers lose because of them.

As our program grows, we’ll identify and advance bipartisan solutions that will change the way regulations are written and give small businesses a stronger voice in the process.

Join us at www.RethinkRedTape.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

Hannover Messe: Manufacturers from the United States on the World Stage

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This week, I had the privilege of attending Hannover Messe, the world’s largest trade show for industrial technology. This was my third year traveling to Germany for the event, along with a delegation of several NAM members, and this year was certainly special as the United States was the official partner country.

With more than 5,000 exhibitors, Hannover is an impressive demonstration of the power and ingenuity of manufacturers worldwide. This year was our chance to take center stage and show the world the innovation revolution that manufacturers are leading in America—and to create opportunities to reach the 95 percent of customers who live outside the United States, which is critical in today’s global economy.

The NAM was proud to be a sponsor and partner with the U.S. Department of Commerce to ensure that manufacturers in the United States had an impressive showing and that manufacturing was a central focus for the many members of the administration, including the president, who attended.

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Getting ready to begin: the NAM was proud to sponsor the United States as partner country at the 2016 Hannover Messe.

 

The show officially kicked off at the Sunday afternoon opening ceremonies. President Barack Obama became the first president to attend the event, and he joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel to welcome the world to the 69th Hannover Messe. The two world leaders not only shared a stage for their remarks; they also shared a united cause—to strengthen manufacturing.

President Obama talks with Chancellor Merkel and business leaders. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Chancellor Merkel and business leaders. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Following the opening ceremonies, I joined President Obama and Chancellor Merkel at the Schloss Herrenhausen for an engaging discussion with global business leaders centered on promoting robust economic growth and a joint commitment to expanding trade opportunities.

With President Obama and members of his administration on the ground for the trade show, the trip was also a chance to advance many of manufacturers’ top priorities. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is one of the strongest advocates for manufacturers in America, and I am proud that we were able to work so closely with her and her great team.

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At the top of the list of priorities for this trip was the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which would join the United States and the European Union (EU) in the largest economic and trade partnership. We were able to discuss TTIP multiple times with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Mike Froman and Deputy USTR Michael Punke and brought our delegation to meet with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, emphasizing the importance of strong and ambitious outcomes, including a strong shared standard, to benefit manufacturers of all sizes on both sides of the Atlantic. (Read more from NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey here.)

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Banner just outside of Hannover fair grounds.

A common theme during our conversations with everyone in Hannover, including U.S., German and EU policymakers, manufacturers large and small and our European business advocacy partners, was how best we can win the “war on trade.” In the face of increasing populist rhetoric on the campaign trail in the United States and a vocal protest wave in Europe, we need to work closely together to explain what TTIP is and how it will create new opportunities for manufacturers, improve growth in our communities and benefit our families. Manufacturers must tell our story of the transformative impact that the agreement will have in new ways to cut through the myths propagated by many NGO and activist groups.

Trade is essential to manufacturers’ success, as it allows us to reach the customers living outside our borders—the very customers exploring the modern technology and impressive products on display at Hannover.

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Monday was a packed day, touring the facilities, exploring the exhibits, talking with U.S. and European officials and meeting with U.S. manufacturers and friends who had also crossed the Atlantic for the event.

Any visitor would come away with a clear sense that modern manufacturing is vastly different from our past. It’s sleek, high-tech and changing at a rapid pace. Even in just three years, I’ve witnessed dramatic advances in the technology on display at Hannover.

I joined U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews for a live Facebook chat about what we had witnessed, the importance of trade and the promise of modern manufacturing and the Internet of Things.

Talking trade, investment and advanced manufacturing with Dep. Commerce Secretary Andrews.

Talking trade, investment and advanced manufacturing with Secretary Andrews.

At a business summit on the fairgrounds, President Obama and Chancellor Merkel were joined by U.S. and German CEOs and officials, including Secretary Pritzker, to discuss the future of transatlantic economic relations. Unsurprisingly, this was a recurring theme throughout the trip—and for good reason!

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Tuesday morning, I was grateful for the chance to talk with Siemens employees and customers at their exhibit. Siemens has been a fantastic partner in preparing for Hannover Messe, and it was great to see many of their innovative solutions on display.

As I said in my remarks, “When you look around this impressive venue, there’s no doubt the world is changing—and changing for the better. Manufacturers are leading the way and driving this change every day. But there’s something that doesn’t change. Manufacturers are still improving our world, offering hope and opportunity through the people we employ, the lives we touch and the products we make.”

 

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Speaking to Siemens employees and stakeholders at their exhibit about the future of manufacturing.

Before departing, I led a roundtable discussion with Secretary Pritzker on how we win the battle on trade. We were joined by NAM member companies—Liberty Pumps, UL, UPS and Texas Instruments—as well as leading European advocacy groups and German officials. Expanding opportunities to sell our products overseas means winning the battle for jobs in the United States!

U.S. Commerce Secretary Pritzker engages the NAM delegation about how to advance manufacturers' top priorities in the U.S.

Secretary Pritzker (center) engages the NAM delegation about how to advance manufacturers’ top priorities in the United States.

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As always, I left Hannover energized and proud of our industry. There’s always work to do, and we must continue to take our message to our elected officials so that the right policies are in place for our success. But there should be no doubt: manufacturers continue to lead the world by creating solutions and building the future.

 

 

Allergan Brings Manufacturing Jobs to Texas, Demonstrates Importance of Pro-Investment Business Environment

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Earlier this week, Texas manufacturing received a boost as the global pharmaceutical manufacturer Allergan broke ground on a $200 million facility expansion in Waco.

The construction phase alone will add $380 million in total economic impact through 2020. And once production begins, the facility will add more than $460 million to the central Texas economy every year. Read More

Chillicothe Legacy Comes to D.C.

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Rolls of colored paper at the Glatfelter facility in Chillicothe, OH. Photo by David Bohrer/National Assoc. of Manufacturers

Rolls of colored paper at the Glatfelter facility in Chillicothe, Ohio. Photo by David Bohrer/National Association of Manufacturers

I had the chance this week to meet with executives from the PH Glatfelter Co. who were visiting Washington, D.C. For me, this was no ordinary meeting. PH Glatfelter runs the paper mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, where I grew up, and it was in that mill (then known as Mead) that my grandfather, Harry Timmons, got his first manufacturing job, opening doors of opportunity for our family. Read More

Emerging Trends Center at CMA CEO Event

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At the NAM, we know that the role of associations continues to evolve as political and economic realities change. To do what’s right for our member companies, we have to be proactive—getting ahead of challenges and opportunities alike.

To that end, more than 50 manufacturing trade association CEOs gathered last week at the NAM for a Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) discussion on emerging trends facing manufacturing companies. Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association and CMA chair, kicked off the event. Stephen Lane, founder of Vertical Leap Consulting, led a discussion focused on challenges ranging from growth and market positioning to operational and human resources issues.

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons is joined by other trade CEOs at the CMA discussion on emergying trends, Photo by D. Bohrer/ NAM

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons is joined by other trade CEOs during a CMA discussion on emerging trends. Photo by David Bohrer/NAM

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