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Martha Sprague

ShopTalk Podcast: A Future for Veterans in Manufacturing

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Across the country, Americans are celebrating our veterans and the sacrifice of our military. Thousands of service men and women return home each month, looking to enter the workforce, and with manufacturers seeking to fill a large skills gap, there is a future in manufacturing for veterans.

In the latest ShopTalk podcast episode, NAM Senior Vice President of Communications Erin Streeter talks with retired Colonel John Buckley, military relations manager at Koch Industries, and Amy Thomas, senior director of programs and development at The Manufacturing Institute, about why veterans should consider a manufacturing career.

ShopTalk Podcast: President Trump’s 100 Days of Reg Reform

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As manufacturers look to our nation’s leaders to rethink red tape and reduce the cost of doing business in America, regulations continue to be cited as a top issue. It has been more than four decades since a president has addressed the regulatory burden in our country head-on, and now as we reflect on the first 100 days of this new administration, President Donald Trump has presented a new and innovative approach to reducing regulations that has already begun to have a positive effect for manufacturers nationwide.

In the latest installment of our ShopTalk podcast, NAM Senior Vice President of Communications Erin Streeter sits down with NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse and NAM Vice President of Labor, Legal and Regulatory Policy Rosario Palmieri to discuss the current regulatory playing field and what manufacturers can expect in the future.

ShopTalk Podcast: A Holiday Economic Outlook

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During this upcoming holiday season, should we be jolly about the economy? Are consumers opening their pocketbooks? How has the election impacted the U.S. economy? What can consumers expect in 2017? National Association of Manufacturers Chief Economist Chad Moutray, the National Retail Federation’s Jack Kleinhenz and the Consumer Technology Association’s Shawn DuBravac try to answer these questions and more in the latest Shopfloor podcast.

NAM Podcast: Manufacturing a Sustainable Future

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Happy Sustainability Month! In the next installment of the Shopfloor podcast series, the National Association of Manufacturers Greg Bertelsen and Christian Science Monitors Deputy Energy and Environment Editor Zack Colman discuss how sustainability is shaping the world, politically and through business. Sustainability drives manufacturers and, through innovation, creates endless opportunity.


New ShopTalk Podcast: Don’t Sit Out Recess

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For members of Congress, August is more than a recess; it is a whole month filled pounding the pavement at home in their districts. This is an opportunity for lawmakers to take a listening tour of their district, meeting with families and voters, and for manufacturers, the men and women who make things in America, it is the opportunity to talk to lawmakers directly.

That’s why National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of Government Relations Joe Trauger and NAM Senior Vice President of Communications Erin Streeter sat down with George Allen, former Virginia governor and senator, for a brand-new ShopTalk podcast on the ins and outs of August recess. Gov. Allen and Trauger offer valuable insights, tips of the trade and advice for manufacturers across the country.

This August is about getting Congress to hear from the manufacturing army. Listen, learn and schedule a meeting with your lawmaker today!

2016 STEP Ahead Honorees Are Here

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They’re coming! The 2016 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Honorees and Emerging Leaders will officially be welcomed to Washington, D.C., tonight to kick-off this year’s award program.

Did you know that while women represent nearly half (47 percent) of today’s workforce, they comprise less than one-third (27 percent) of the manufacturing workforce? However, while manufacturing faces a serious skills gap, this year’s 2016 STEP Ahead Honorees and Emerging Leaders are working to advocate, mentor, engage, promote and lead the next generation of manufacturing women. This year’s Honorees are making a difference in their communities and for the future of manufacturing. Read More

Help Wanted: Millennials Manufacture the Future

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Millennials are expected to encompass one-third of the eligible electorate in the United States by 2016. They are the future of our country—and the future of the manufacturing workforce.

The need to recruit millennials into the manufacturing army is greater than ever before. Our mantle of economic leadership relies on their drive and determination, and that impact will only increase in the coming years. However, after asking some millennials what manufacturing means to them, and it’s clear they had a lot to learn about the industry.

This is the time for manufacturers to show the next generation of innovators the opportunities and benefits within the manufacturing sector.  Manufacturing is making a comeback, and we need to engage millennials now rather than later.

Watch to learn more on millennial thoughts on manufacturing here:

Help Wanted: Millennials Manufacture the Future

Lawmakers, Business Heavyweights Discuss Energy Policy at NAM Briefing

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At a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the NAM today, manufacturing heavyweights joined federal lawmakers to discuss the importance of energy to manufacturing. Executives representing Alpha Natural Resources, General Electric Company and Saint-Gobain Corporation turned out to speak on the numerous energy challenges facing manufacturers.

Tom Smith, of Saint-Gobain Corporation, asked the audience to help find partners in the US Congress to help maximize energy independence and promote domestic energy production.  Other speakers touched on topics such as energy and environment regulatory challenges, access to energy resources, and the importance of the energy sector to the economy.

Affordable and reliable energy is essential to the long-term health of the U.S. economy and the prosperity of American workers.  As consumers of one-third of our nation’s energy, Manufacturers support an energy strategy that embraces all forms of domestic energy production while expanding existing conservation and efficiency efforts.

Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota and Congressman John Barrow of Georgia also attended to speak on the importance of manufacturing and what we can do to grow the economy and ensure we have an abundant and reliable energy supply.   Senator Hoeven spoke specifically on the need for a plan that enhances and empowers energy from a variety of sources while reducing costs and creating US jobs, while Congressman Barrow touched on numerous energy issues of importance.

Events like these are an excellent opportunity for manufacturers and lawmakers to discuss priorities and issues of importance when it comes to energy policy.