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.

ADVISORY: Kellyanne Conway to Visit Roanoke Manufacturer in White House Push for Tax Reform

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ADVISORY: Kellyanne Conway to Visit Roanoke Manufacturer in White House Push for Tax Reform  

Trump Administration Officials Take Part in Nationwide Manufacturing Day Celebrations


[October 4, 2017] (Roanoke, Virginia) – Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway will join the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Virginia Manufacturers Association for a town hall on the future of modern manufacturing and the importance of tax reform at Optical Cable Corporation in Roanoke as part of the sixth-annual nationwide Manufacturing Day.

Manufacturing Day, founded in 2012, is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the nation’s next generation of manufacturers. In Roanoke, Conway and NAM leadership will meet with local manufacturers, business leaders, students, educators, elected officials and media to highlight the many opportunities in the manufacturing industry and celebrate its profound impact on Virginia’s economy.

The manufacturing industry employs 229,800 men and women in Virginia and contributes $42.94 billion to the state’s economy.

Please find the information for the event below:



Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President

Jay Timmons, President and CEO, NAM

Neil Wilkin, President and CEO, Optical Cable Corporation

Brett Vassey, President and CEO, Virginia Manufacturers Association



Town Hall on the Future of Modern Manufacturing in America and Tax Reform



Optical Cable Corporation

5290 Concourse Drive South

Roanoke, VA 24019                   

When:         Friday, October 6, at 10:30 a.m.


MEDIA RSVP: Members of the media interested in attending the Manufacturing Day town hall or interviewing an official from this event, please contact NAM Media Relations.

For more information about Manufacturing Day, please visit



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 $2.09 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

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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.

NAM Executive Insights Series Stops in Houston

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NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons joined manufacturing executives in Houston, Texas, today for its last stop on this year’s Executive Insights Series. Houston is America’s number-one city for manufacturing, making for an ideal venue to hear from CEOs of leading manufacturers like PPG, BP America, Devon Energy Corporation, Eagle Energy Exploration and Global Energy Ecolab—all of whom are well equipped to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the manufacturing community. Read More

Manufacturing executives gather in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by David Bohrer, NAM

Manufacturers Unite in Milwaukee

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As part of NAM’s Executive Insights series, manufacturing executives from Tenneco, Snap-on Incorporated, Modine Manufacturing, and Neenah Enterprises joined NAM’s Jay Timmons today on a panel in Milwaukee. Panelists agreed that manufacturing in America is at the core of American growth and innovation, fueling the American economy and creating jobs. In Wisconsin, manufacturers account for over 18 percent of the total output and 16 percent of the workforce. Read More

NAM Continues Executive Insights Series in Cleveland

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The NAM’s Jay Timmons joined leading manufacturing CEOs from Sherwin-Williams, Marlin Steel and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Cleveland yesterday as part of the NAM’s Executive Insights series. Panelists discussed the importance of advancing policies and regulations to support manufacturing, and in turn, create jobs and grow the economy in Ohio and across the United States.

Manufacturers’ contribution to the U.S. economy has steadily risen since 2009, reaching $2.09 trillion in 2014. In Ohio alone, manufacturing output was $99.83 billion in 2013, directly employing 682,600 jobs in the state in 2014. However, we need the right public policy and tools to keep America growing –to promote free and fair trade, diverse energy options, immigration reform, tax, health care and legal reform, and improved infrastructure. Read More

Executive Insights Series NYC Focuses on Manufacturers’ Trade Priorities

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Top manufacturing CEOs joined NAM’s Jay Timmons in New York City today for a discussion on manufacturing opportunities, threats, and policy priorities in the latest installment of the NAM’s Executive Insights Series.  Panelists included Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric, John Lundgren, Chairman and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker, Kellie Johnson, President and CEO of ACE Clearwater Enterprises, and David Seaton, Chairman and CEO or Fluor Corporation. Read More

NAM Hosts Executive Insights Series in Chicago

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NAM’s Jay Timmons joined leading manufacturing CEOs from Tenneco, Caterpillar, USG Corporation and Neenah Enterprises in Chicago today as part of the NAM’s Executive Insights Series. Panelists discussed several manufacturing priorities, but at the top of that list was passage of a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill.

As the president and Congress continue to seek a path forward on TPA, it’s important to understand how crucial this legislation is to enabling market-opening trade deals that level the playing field for manufacturers in the U.S., drive manufacturing growth and the economy, and create and support high-paying jobs here at home. Read More

Leadership Insights Series Stops in Charlotte

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In the third event of NAM’s 2015 Executive Insights Series, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons took the stage in Charlotte, NC, alongside leading manufacturers for a panel discussion on the role of manufacturing in the success of country.

The importance of manufacturing was echoed by the entire panel which included the CEO of Ingersoll-Rand and President of Textron Industrial Segment and Textron Tools. Contributing more than $2 trillion to the American economy, manufacturing has propelled the U.S. to the forefront of leadership, allowing our country to continuously rise by creating more jobs, developing more products, and by providing a platform for continued innovation.  Read More

Executive Insights Rolls into Dallas

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As part of NAM’s Executive Insights Series, manufacturing executives from Toyota Motors, Williams RDM and Texas Instruments joined NAM’s Jay Timmons  and Erin Streeter today on a panel in Dallas.  From automotive parts to power electronics across every industry, the panelists agreed that manufacturing is everywhere. America’s success depends on manufacturing’s success.

In fact, manufacturing contributes over $2 trillion to the American economy every year, and we are creating more jobs and making more products than ever before. And that’s not even including manufacturers’ indirect influence on the economy. One manufacturing dollar adds one dollar and thirty-seven cents to the economy, and one manufacturing job can lead to the creation of three to five other jobs in supporting industries. Read More