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Matthew Lavoie

GlobalFoundries Taking Steps to Drive Future Innovation

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GlobalFoundries is bringing computer chip design in-house, opening the doors for new business and growth. Acquiring the business from IBM’s Vermont and New York locations is a boon for GlobalFoundries innovation – gaining customers and, importantly, the institutional expertise of 5,000 researchers and engineers. This partnership between IBM and GlobalFoundries will not only preserve these manufacturing jobs, but will leverage IBM’s commitment to R&D and GlobalFoundries’ ability to develop and enable technologies

Driving the next generation of innovation and game-changing products is a critical to maintaining manufacturers’ in the U.S. mantle of leadership. Manufacturing today is sleek, advanced, and technological. The ability to stay ahead of the competition and innovating at every turn will define the future of manufacturing and it’s great to see GlobalFoundries, like many others, is taking pro-active steps to ensure future growth. Manufacturing is making a comeback and we can’t wait to see what’s around the corner.

Manufacturers Gather in Seattle for NAM’s Leadership Engagement Series

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Leading manufacturers gathered in Seattle today to spark a conversation about America’s manufacturing comeback and the important role manufacturers must play to ensure America’s competitiveness in the 21st Century economy.  The economic situation in Washington is better than the rest of the nation. The unemployment rate is lower than the national average, median incomes are higher and we can credit a lot of this to the manufacturing industry here.

Manufacturing employs nearly 10 percent of Washington’s workforce, almost 300,000 jobs. Manufacturers’ ability to compete is significantly affected by decisions made in Washington, D.C. and it’s absolutely critical that they engage in important policy discussions. That’s why NAM is hosting a Leadership Engagement Series, traveling to major cities across the nation to discuss top manufacturing concerns and urge manufacturers to engage in the political process.

From overburdening energy regulations to increasing healthcare premiums and taxes and the need to open the doors to more free trade agreements with Trade Promotion Authority, Congress is preventing the manufacturing industry from reaching its full potential. But as a top employer, manufacturers have a powerful voice in the November elections and it’s time we take action and push for more substantive federal policies that benefit, not punish, job creators.

Follow NAM on Twitter (@ShopFloorNAM) for more information on NAM’s Leadership Engagement Series and visit the NAM’s Election Center for more information on how you can get involved.

Capitol Hill Goes 3D

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Modern manufacturing is not only generating life changing products, but game-changing processes as well.

3D printing, an additive manufacturing technology tool, is changing the way more manufacturers make things – from the largest companies in the world to the smallest shop floors. An industry leader, Stratasys, is driving widespread adoption of 3D printing in the manufacturing enterprise and it has brought a live demonstration to Capitol Hill today to provide a hands on demonstration of this revolutionary technology.

Congressional staff got an up close and personal look at this technology – and it was deeply impressive. In addition to the demonstrations, they received a detailed briefing on 3D printing’s economic benefits. Manufacturing is on rise and technology being put on the shop floor by Stratasys is bringing it to even greater heights.

Leadership Engagement Series Unites Manufacturers in Wisconsin

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Manufacturers large and small gathered in Milwaukee today to discuss top manufacturing priorities and how to advance federal policies that boost U.S. manufacturers’ competitiveness. The event is part of NAM’s Leadership Engagement Series, a national roadshow stopping in multiple cities to encourage manufacturers to get engaged in the political process. Today’s panelists included manufacturing CEOs from Rockwell Automation, Neenah Enterprises, and Snap-on Incorporated.

Manufacturing leaders discussed the importance of manufacturing in Wisconsin, as it is the largest sector in the state’s economy and the number one job creator—accounting for 455,579 jobs last year. Unfortunately, the thriving industry is under attack by the federal government and its advancement of multiple policies that threaten the manufacturing comeback.  From rising healthcare costs and taxes to environmental overregulation, Congress isn’t doing the manufacturing industry any favors.

Manufacturers must make their voice heard in Washington. We need federal policies that enhance manufacturers’ ability to compete in the marketplace and give us the opportunity to grow and create more jobs.

Follow NAM on Twitter (@ShopFloorNAM) for more information on NAM’s Leadership Engagement Series and visit the NAM’s Election Center for more information on how you can get involved and make a difference.

Corning Hosts Secretary Moniz to Celebrate Manufacturing Day

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Manufacturing Day was a massive success and a testament to manufacturers’ commitment to their communities and their craft. President Obama recognized it with an official proclamation, declaring October 3rd as National Manufacturing Day and his cabinet helped recognize that at events around the country.

Corning put on an outstanding showcase of high-tech manufacturing, hosting Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz at their Erwin, New York Diesel plant to highlight its $250 million expansion and impressive growth of emission-control products, due in part to a pro-investment tax credit through the Department of Energy.

Dr. Moniz toured the plant, getting an up close look at the impressive array of clean-air products, an area where Corning has led in developing these technologies since the early 1970’s. Innovation and investment are drivers of a strong economy and Corning stands as a prime example where impressive growth and job creation are the end result.

“It’s especially fitting that we’re holding this event on National Manufacturing Day, because both the Department of Energy and the United Steelworkers were instrumental in enabling the $250 million expansion of [the Diesel plant],” said Wendell Weeks, Corning’s chairman and CEO. “It’s a terrific example of how government, business, and unions can work together to enhance our quality of life and strengthen our economy.”

The NAM tips its cap to Corning for shining a light on its proud tradition of innovation and growth.

Pfizer Puts Biotechnology on Display for North Carolina Students

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Pfizer Global Supply in Sanford, North Carolina is helping celebrate Manufacturing Day by opening their doors for an educational event for local students, community leaders and Pfizer industry partners.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to spotlight the lifesaving and life changing vaccines and biotechnologies.

The student group will tour the site first and then join a panel discussion focusing on careers in vaccine manufacturing.  The second track will begin with a vaccine manufacturing panel discussion featuring NC State Representative Mike Stone, Pfizer’s Vice President of Biotech Operations, Matt Walker, and Sanford colleagues Charles Mitchell and Brian Franklin.  Following the panel discussion, this group will tour the facility.  The tours will focus on how vaccines are made, quality and engineering.

Today’s experiences are critical to encouraging students to pursue a career in biotechnology manufacturing and take part in the next generation of innovation.

President Obama Embraces Manufacturing Day

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President Obama celebrates Manufacturing Day with a tour and a town hall meeting at NAM member Millennium Steel in Princeton, Indiana.

President Obama celebrates Manufacturing Day with a tour and a town hall meeting at NAM member Millennium Steel in Princeton, Indiana.

Manufacturing Day is a wonderful showcase for manufacturers to open their doors to students and local communities to show them how sleek, clean and technology driven manufacturing has become. NAM member Millennium Steel is doing the same – but they’ll have to opportunity to welcome a very special guest today – President Obama. The Princeton, Indiana manufacturer will host the President, along with twenty students from local universities, for a tour of their facilities.

After the tour, those students will join a larger group of invitees, including Millennium employees, suppliers and others, for a town hall meeting with the President.

In the first three years of Manufacturing Day, we have seen incredible growth. This year there will be more than 1,600 events – an 800% increase since the inaugural day in 2012. During his time in office, the President has continually talked up the importance of manufacturing to the United States.

This year for Manufacturing Day, he issued an official Proclamation stating, “Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 3, 2014, as National Manufacturing Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with programs and activities that highlight the contributions of American manufacturers, and I encourage all Americans to visit a manufacturer in their local community.

Today is a celebration, and here at the NAM, we’re extremely proud of the manufacturers in the U.S. who are driving Manufacturing Day’s massive success.

Super Steel Celebrates Manufacturing Day

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Manufacturing Day is almost upon us and more than 1,500 events are scheduled to show case modern manufacturing around the country.

Super Steel has been celebrating Manufacturing Day since its inception and this year they’re hosting Senator Ron Johnson to kick off their event.

“We are very excited to open our doors to the community for an insider’s look at Super Steel,” said Heather Krugler, Corporate Communications Specialist at Super Steel. “Manufacturing Day activities help to create awareness about the value of the manufacturing industry to our community. It provides students a first-hand chance to learn about real career opportunities that are available and we’re hoping to inspire a new generation of manufacturers.”

Click here to learn more and join Super Steel on Manufacturing Day.

Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Conference – Register Today!

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When you think of manufacturing, these days you think of technology, innovation and revolutionary products. Manufacturing companies are utilizing new technologies to bring costs down and quality and production up. Iowa is on the forefront of this manufacturing resurgence and on October 9th, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) will be host an Advanced Manufacturing Conference in Ankeny, Iowa.

This all day event boasts a wealth of information for Iowa’s manufacturers, including a speech on fostering innovation by NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.

ABI President Mike Ralston is excited about the value to ABI members, saying, “Iowa is a manufacturing state and ABI is excited about bringing manufacturers together for a day of information and insight. This conference features terrific national speakers and the opportunity to hear about the manufacturing policies if Iowa’s two U.S. senate candidates. Don’t miss it.”

It promises to be an excellent program and you can register here. Manufacturing is the backbone of our economy – come support and learn more about how Iowa is leading the way.

NAM Drives Voter Registration as Part of Election Year Efforts

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The NAM joined other top business groups, including the Business-Industry Political Action Committee and National Retail Federation to highlight the Employee Voter Registration Week. NAM Senior Vice President Ned Monroe touted the effort, designed to increase voter registration and electoral participation among private sector employees, as part of the NAM’s significant election season efforts.

With public opinion viewing Darth Vader in more favorable light than any politician, and a strong belief that the United States is headed in the wrong direction, it is a daunting political atmosphere. While some may take a less engaged path, the NAM is doubling down on our efforts to ensure that manufacturers are engaged and participating in the electoral process.

The NAM’s Election Center website will not only serve as a go-to resource with Voter Guides articulating where candidates stand on the issues, but a provide a “How-To” guide to engage employees and a tool kit to promote voter registration.

The NAM will be holding educational events in key states across the country, partnering with national and state organizations to take these critical messages to employers’ front door. We’re working hard to get the message out that now is a critical time to take ownership and impact the policies coming out of Washington. These policies will affect manufacturers’ business decisions and the manufacturing voice is more important than ever.