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Manufacturing Day 2018: A Multimillion-Dollar Earned Media Success

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On October 5, manufacturers across America celebrated Manufacturing Day and kicked off a month full of exciting and inspirational events. Thousands of factories and technical schools opened their doors to parents, teachers and students to show what a career in modern manufacturing has to offer. Manufacturers will have to fill as many as 3 million jobs by 2025, and getting the word out about these incredible opportunities is what Manufacturing Day is all about. Nearly 3,000 events were held across the country, and in a sign of the growing profile of this national event, President Donald Trump signed a presidential proclamation recognizing Manufacturing Day for the second year in a row. It was the first time that a president has issued consecutive proclamations.

All of the buzz and excitement generated a tremendous amount of media coverage, which is critical in our efforts to educate the public. All told, Manufacturing Day generated more than $2.2 million worth of free print and television coverage that reached nearly 13 million people. And on social media, manufacturers reached more than 51 million people! Manufacturing Day trended nationally on Twitter, where it was mentioned more than 20,000 times.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) also used the occasion to release our third quarter Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, which was featured on The Drudge Report and made national headlines. Making these results all the more remarkable, Manufacturing Day launched right in the middle of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings, which had taken over the national news cycle completely. That meant it was even harder for manufacturers to “break through.”

By any measurement, Manufacturing Day 2018 was a resounding success. It would not have been possible without the leadership of Carolyn Lee and The Manufacturing Institute—the NAM’s social impact arm, which leads the effort—as well as our sponsors: PTC, Ariel Corporation, Cooper Standard, Harley-Davidson, PepsiCo, the Plastics Industry Association, Samsung and Walmart. The hard work and commitment paid off and opened the eyes of thousands of young people to the exciting possibilities that await them in a modern manufacturing career.

To learn about this year’s activities and how you can participate next year, check out www.mfgday.com.

NAM Leadership Goes on Tax Reform Roadshow in Key States

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is all in on tax reform. The legislative framework unveiled by the “Big Six” presents a tremendous opportunity for America’s manufacturers to grow, hire new workers and increase wages and benefits. Following robust engagement at the national level, capped by hosting President Donald Trump for a major address on tax reform at our board meeting and joining the president for an Oval Office proclamation signing on National Manufacturing Day, the NAM’s leadership hit the road this week to make the case for tax reform in key manufacturing states. As NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons told National Journal for its Q&A feature this week, “We’re going to make sure manufacturing workers know how important [tax reform] is to their own livelihood back in their districts.”

That effort began in earnest on Tuesday with a forum at the City Club of Chicago, where Timmons and Illinois Manufacturers’ Association President and CEO Greg Baise discussed the importance of passing tax reform with local business leaders. Timmons also traveled to Milwaukee, where he led a panel focused on tax reform with local business leaders and gave an interview to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“… [T]he tax code desperately needs an overhaul, Timmons said in an interview. ‘I am really optimistic about getting tax reform yet this year. There’s a focus in Washington like I have not seen on any issue for many, many years,’ he said. It’s been more than 30 years since the last major tax code overhaul, according to Timmons … Reforms of taxes and regulations, and infrastructure investments, are the trade group’s top priorities, Timmons said. ‘Those all add to the cost of doing business in this country,’ he said. Should Trump’s plans succeed: ‘What I can tell you is what my manufacturers are actually saying and how they are planning,’ Timmons said. ‘They are planning for growth of their own facilities, and they’re planning to hire new workers.’”

Manufacturing leaders, including Timmons and Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association President David Taylor, also rallied around the president’s tax reform address in Harrisburg. As the Allentown Morning Call reported:

“Standing in a Harrisburg airplane hangar before big-rig Volvo trucks and American flags, President Donald Trump touted the Republican plan to overhaul the federal tax code as a proposal that will benefit Pennsylvania truckers and an American economy he sees as strengthening …‘If he can deliver on all or even most of what he’s offering, it is going to be a real shot in the arm for American competitiveness,’ said David Taylor, president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association.”

The NAM finished off the week strong with an address by Emerson Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair David Farr at the Economic Club of Minnesota, where he put opponents of tax reform on notice. As the Washington Examiner reported:

“Critics such as Farr counter that the current tax rate has resulted in the offshoring of jobs because it is often cheaper for companies to move operations overseas. ‘If you’re an opponent of tax reform, I want you to come to Minnesota or Ohio or Wisconsin and look a manufacturing worker in the eye. Tell her she doesn’t deserve a bigger paycheck. Tell her that her family doesn’t deserve to save for school and retirement. Then, tell an unemployed dad that a worker overseas deserves a job more than he does,’ he said.”

As the effort to reform our outdated tax system moves forward, the NAM and manufacturers across America will continue drive the discussion both at the grassroots level and with leaders in Washington.

Business Community Unites Around Ross Nomination

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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

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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

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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

Manufacturers Energized by President-Elect’s Focus on Manufacturing

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National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on the President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement on the creation of the White House National Trade Council under the leadership of Dr. Peter Navarro.

Great things are on the horizon for manufacturers. Americans voted for change this election, and we’re energized by President-elect Trump’s continued strong commitment to manufacturing in the United States. Today, the president-elect sent another clear signal to the millions of Americans employed in manufacturing that they will be ‘put first’ in his administration.

“We welcome the president-elect’s decision to put action behind the force of his words with the formation of the White House National Trade Council. We look forward to working with the president-elect and Dr. Navarro to enact the policies we need to strengthen and grow manufacturing in America.

 

 

Timmons: Perry Uniquely Suited to Lead

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National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on the nomination of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as secretary of energy:

“Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Lone Star State’s history of energy development is no exception. As the longest-serving Texas governor, Rick Perry was the state’s chief executive during a transformative energy renaissance, making him uniquely suited to lead the Department of Energy in a Trump–Pence administration.

“As a friend of manufacturing, Gov. Perry understands the need to develop a wide range of energy sources here in the United States. Manufacturers depend on a reliable supply of domestic energy—from oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear and renewables—to build, innovate and create jobs here in America. We are encouraged that President-elect Donald Trump and Gov. Perry share our belief in encouraging the discovery and development of American energy in addition to making smart investments to improve energy efficiency.

“Strengthening manufacturing in America means getting our energy policy right, and President-elect Trump’s nomination of Gov. Perry is a promising first step.”

 

CONTACT: Jennifer Drogus, (202) 637-3090

Timmons: Tillerson Staunch Force for Dignity and Opportunity

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National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on the nomination of ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state:

 

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen an expert negotiator to run the business of American diplomacy. A great friend to the NAM, Rex Tillerson has spent his life making deals and getting results; now he can put his incomparable experience, talents and connections to work on behalf of our entire country. Manufacturers are encouraged to see a leader from the manufacturing economy take on the role of America’s chief diplomat, and we are pleased that Rex will bring a business perspective to the State Department.

“Beyond his rockstar business credentials, Rex has been a staunch force for the dignity and opportunity of all citizens and will no doubt work to make our nation and our world a better place. For all of his stellar accomplishments, Rex and his wife Renda are incredibly humble, decent and relatable people of the highest character. I wish them both the best in this important endeavor and much success in the critical work that is ahead for Rex.”

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(Left to Right) Timmons, Tillerson and Tenneco Inc. Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair Gregg Sherrill. Photo by David Bohrer/NAM

CONTACT: Jennifer Drogus, (202) 637-3090

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