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Jennifer Drogus

PRESS RELEASE: President Trump Hits the Reset Button on Auto Emissions Rule

By | Environment, Shopfloor Main, Transportation | No Comments

Timmons: Let’s Get CAFE Correct for Manufacturers and Consumers

Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) commended President Donald Trump for announcing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) would reconsider an EPA midnight regulation impacting automobile fuel economy requirements and emissions standards, or the program known as the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards. In doing so, the president committed to restoring the midterm review of emissions standards that uses the best available data. This has been a key manufacturing priority outlined in the NAM’s “Competing to Win” agenda, to ensure smart, balanced and effective regulations with input from a range of stakeholders. Read More

Manufacturers Hail February Jobs Numbers

By | Media Relations, Shopfloor Economics, Shopfloor Main | No Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on the February jobs numbers issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today:

“Today’s news is another strong indicator of the ‘Trump bump’ of positive economic activity. Across America, manufacturers’ confidence is high, and business optimism continues to soar, because of President Donald Trump’s laser focus on policies that will accelerate a jobs surge in America. To keep the momentum going, manufacturers have the solutions: regulatory reform, infrastructure investment and bold tax reform. We are ready to work with the president, Congress and anyone who cares about the manufacturing economy to get those priorities across the finish line and raise the standard of living of all Americans.”

Learn more about the NAM’s agenda for increasing manufacturing competitiveness and growing jobs here.

#StateofMFG Week 2 Media Wrap: Taking Care of Business from the Badger State

By | Media Relations, Shopfloor Main | No Comments

After visiting six states (plus the White House) over the span of seven days, the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) State of Manufacturing Tour has concluded. Over the course of a week, the NAM has taken our story to the masses with hundreds of articles, op-eds and television and radio interviews. Our final stop in Madison, Wis., at the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce’s (WMC) Business Day in Madison event, featured an especially stellar lineup of interviews with Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), manufacturing CEOs from around the country and NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.

Some highlights below (click on images to view clips):
image3Timmons participated in a live interview on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street, issuing reaction to last night’s speech by President Donald Trump and highlighting the NAM’s participation in Business Day in Madison as part of the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour. View the clip here. (Photo credit: David Bohrer/National Association of Manufacturers)

 

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Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) discussed the future of manufacturing and the policies we need to see from this administration to support manufacturing competitiveness in Wisconsin and across the country. Full interview available here.

 

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Snap-on Chairman and CEO and NAM board member Nick Pinchuk joined CNBC on-site from Business Day in Madison to discuss the future of manufacturing. The full interview is available here. (Photo credit: David Bohrer/National Association of Manufacturers)
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Timmons chats with Briggs & Stratton Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Todd Teske before Teske gave an interview to CNBC on location from Business Day in Madison, as part of the NAM’s State of Manufacturing Tour push to discuss the future of manufacturing. View the interview here. (Photo credit: David Bohrer/National Association of Manufacturers)

 

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Manitowoc Company President and CEO Barry Pennypacker gave an interview on FOX Business to discuss the future of manufacturing. Click here to watch the full interview.

 

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Gov. George Allen (R-VA) joined FOX Business today to discuss the policies needed to support the future of manufacturing, highlighting the NAM’s role in advancing those priorities in the White House and Congress. The full interview is available here.

 

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Timmons interviewed live on the Jerry Bader Show (WTAQ-Green Bay) to discuss the State of Manufacturing Tour and the NAM’s response to last night’s speech by President Trump. Listen to the interview here.

 

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WBNS (CBS) News covered the NAM’s State of Manufacturing Tour visit to the Anheuser-Busch facility in Columbus, Ohio. The full clip is available here.

 

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Madison’s NBC affiliate station reported on Business Day in Madison,” highlighting Gov. Walker’s and Timmons’ roles in the event. Full clip available here.

 

 

President Trump Listened to Manufacturers and Is Acting Decisively on Our Solutions; This Was a Speech Americans Expect of a President

By | Presidents Blog, Shopfloor Main | No Comments

Madison, Wisconsin, February 28, 2017 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the below statement on tonight’s joint address to Congress by President Donald Trump. Timmons is in Madison, Wis., on the final leg of the NAM’s weeklong State of Manufacturing Tour, which has traveled the country to highlight real-world solutions to grow manufacturing:

          “Tonight, Donald Trump hit the reset button and offered a message of unity and economic opportunity. Manufacturers are grateful for his message to rekindle the American spirit. This is what the American people needed to hear. This was a speech Americans expect of a president.

          “The president demonstrated that he listened to the concerns and policy proposals from the National Association of Manufacturers. And he outlined a bold plan to act on our key priorities in order to ensure the government will be a partner in creating the economic environment we need to compete, succeed, invest and create jobs for Americans. 

          “Manufacturers are energized by the president’s proposals for competitive tax and smart regulatory reforms, as well as his call for significant investment in our nation’s infrastructure. Manufacturers are ready to stand with him as he pursues $1 trillion of long-overdue investment in infrastructure, or as he declared: a ‘new program of national rebuilding.’ Manufacturers are also ready to work with Congress and the administration on comprehensive tax reform, and we look forward to seeing the president’s plan to provide a transformational jolt for manufacturers and our economy.

          “President Trump is confidently and forcefully putting the weight of the White House behind manufacturers’ goals on our key priorities, including reducing health care costs to employers. These actions will encourage more investment and create more jobs in the United States to help lift all Americans up and leave no one behind.

         “Manufacturers will continue rolling up our sleeves and working to get deals done on our ‘Competing to Win’ agenda and help the Trump administration secure progress on our immediate priorities. The needs are urgent.

           “It is now time to put politics aside for our industry and our country, because the only red and blue in manufacturing is on the flag that hangs in every shop floor.

          “Well done, Mr. President.”

Learn more about the NAM’s Competing to Win priorities here.

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#StateofMFG Week 1 Media Wrap: LIVE FROM NEW YORK…

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After taking manufacturing’s message to the White House yesterday, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons and Emerson Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair David Farr took that same message to the airwaves. Timmons and Farr tagged up with national reporters to give the nation a readout of the meeting with President Donald Trump and to highlight the amazing stories already coming out of the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour.  Click on the images below to watch the coverage.

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Farr champions modern manufacturing and policies needed to grow the sector in an interview with FOX Business’ Charles Payne. Click here to view the clip.

 

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Minutes ahead of President Trump’s speech on Friday, Timmons appeared live on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” to discuss balancing burdensome regulations and reforming the tax code. Click here to view clip.

 

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Farr and Stuart Varney square off on policies needed to grow jobs on FOX Business’ “Varney & Co.” Click here to view clip.

 

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Timmons gives a readout of the White House meeting with manufacturers on FOX Business with Neil Cavuto on his show, “Coast to Coast.” Click here to view clip.

 

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Timmons goes head to head with CNN business reporter Richard Quest about manufacturing jobs on CNN International’s “Quest Means Business.” Click here to view clip.

 

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 Timmons jumped on the radio with NPR host Steve Inskeep on the station’s popular Morning Edition” show (5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) to discuss the evolving manufacturing workforce and the innovators Timmons has met so far on the State of Manufacturing Tour. Listen to full clip here.

Confirmation of Scott Pruitt Will Bring Balance to the EPA

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Washington, D.C., February 17, 2017 – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement congratulating Scott Pruitt on his confirmation as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator:

“After facing record high costs to comply with EPA regulations over the past decade, manufacturers welcomed today’s Senate confirmation of Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. We are confident that under his leadership, Pruitt will restore balance to the way environmental regulations are developed. Manufacturers look forward to him getting to work right away.

“Manufacturers know it’s possible to have responsible environmental stewardship and robust economic growth at the same time. We are leaders on sustainability and developing emissions-reducing innovations, and as we look to find solutions to the environmental challenges we face, manufacturers will continue to lead the way.”

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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 www.nam.org.

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Business Community Unites Around Ross Nomination

By | Communications, Media Relations, Shopfloor Main, Trade | No Comments

Today more than 400 businesses and business organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging support for the confirmation of Wilbur Ross as secretary of commerce. Spearheaded by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the letter urges swift action on Mr. Ross’ confirmation.

“We believe that Wilbur Ross will bring a unique understanding of what it takes to fuel manufacturing enterprises to this vital role,” the letter reads. “Mr. Ross has a firsthand understanding of the challenges manufacturers face to remain globally competitive in today’s economy.”

Read the full letter here.

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons also sent a letter yesterday on behalf of the NAM offering his support for Ross’ confirmation.

“Wilbur is a businessman with extensive experience in a wide range of industries who knows firsthand what policies it takes to promote competitiveness, investment, job creation and durable economic growth,” Timmons wrote. “In particular, Wilbur has extensive experience in the manufacturing sector and understands the critical need for pro-growth trade, tax and other economic policies.”

Timmons’ letter is available in its entirety here.

New Study: Manufacturers Face 297,696 Regulatory Restrictions

By | Communications, Media Relations, Regulations, Shopfloor Main | No Comments

As the incoming Trump administration prepares to reform and roll back many misguided federal regulations, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has released a new study revealing the sheer number of business and operational hurdles that manufacturers face on a daily basis as a result of the nation’s current regulatory structure. Read More

Timmons to Senate: Time to Move on Tillerson

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National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations:

As we saw today, Rex Tillerson is a proven and principled leader who is driven to serve. He will bring the valuable business perspective of a respected dealmaker to the State Department. He has the experience and character to represent our country around the world. Manufacturers urge the U.S. Senate to move swiftly and confirm Rex Tillerson as our next secretary of state without delay.”

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Drogus, (202) 637-3090

Manufacturers: Faster Job Growth Requires Action on Nominees

By | Communications, General, Presidents Blog, Shopfloor Main | No Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ December employment data:

“Despite an increase in manufacturing employment in December, the sector lost 45,000 workers in 2016. That is unacceptable. To really accelerate job growth and fully reach our economic potential, manufacturers are looking to the incoming Trump administration to take bold actions, beginning on day one. To spur job creation right here in the United States, we want to see smart reforms on regulations, taxes, health care, energy and more. But to achieve that, we need a fully functioning government, so we are calling on the Senate to act swiftly on the president-elect’s Cabinet nominees. Unnecessary delays mean lost opportunities for manufacturers and the men and women who make things in America.”

“Manufacturers and the NAM appreciate the incoming administration’s willingness to listen to our concerns and seek our insights. If leaders on both sides of the aisle can come together, we can revitalize modern manufacturing in America—and lift our economy and country to new heights.”

 

 

CONTACT: Jennifer Drogus, (202) 637-3090