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How Manufacturers Are Making Progress in Washington

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Three months ago, I joined a group of business leaders in a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House. We had a frank discussion about what businesses in America need to create jobs, compete around the world and grow our economy.

We focused especially on issues like regulatory reform and infrastructure, and since that meeting, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has continued to provide the administration with manufacturers’ perspectives. We sent a report on regulations to the Commerce Department, and we continue to advocate the solutions found in our “Building to Win” agenda.

I shared a similar message in a round of television interviews in New York this week. On CNBC, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and I talked about manufacturers’ priorities with the “Squawk Box” audience (You can watch parts one and two of the interview here and here.)

The other hot topic for manufacturers right now, of course, is tax reform. Earlier this month, I was on Capitol Hill to testify before Congress about manufacturers’ priorities for tax policy. I discussed the principles laid out in “Competing to Win” and urged our elected leaders to act in a bold way. “We operate in a fiercely competitive global economy, and we need a fiercely competitive tax system to win,” I reminded them.

It can get lost in the news, but manufacturers really are making progress on our big-ticket items. We have an administration who is listening to us and has already acted to ease the regulatory burden. On Capitol Hill, Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) have introduced a bipartisan regulatory reform bill. President Trump released his tax reform blueprint, and Congress is holding hearings to begin the process. In addition, the administration is expected to release an infrastructure plan soon, after previously citing our “Building to Win” blueprint favorably.

If we keep up the hard work and keep speaking out, we can seize this opportunity and get real results for manufacturers—and our whole country.

Manufacturers Hail February Jobs Numbers

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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

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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.

 

 

#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.

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

An Honest Discussion on the Army’s DAPL Decision

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Following the announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to not grant an easement to the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe, there continues to be headlines and rhetoric advertising the project’s demise. But a number of the United States’ top-tier editorial boards understood that this decision is more than the headlines suggested.

First an editorial out by The Wall Street Journal discussed the exhaustive consultations between the company, native tribes and regulators that resulted in a finding of “no significant impact” and highlighted that the Corps’ decision “has jeopardized its integrity and created a legal quagmire by requiring an exhaustive new environmental impact statement that considers alternative routes.”

Another piece by USA Today touted the importance of the project stating:

“It would be the first major pipeline bringing access to the Bakken oil fields that have been so much a part of America’s energy production renaissance…pipelines fill a vital need for the economy and for America’s energy security and therefore need to be built.”

It also noted how attempts by environmentalists to thwart this project are not the proper way to reach climate change goals, noting that [this decision] “will have little impact on the environment beyond their immediate environs.”

Finally, the most recent article by the The Washington Post’s editorial team, titled “A False Victory at Standing Rock,” recapped the lead-up of activity to the decision and put this recent announcement into perspective echoing USA Today’s sentiments:

“No matter how big the issues activists attached to them, these pipelines, at their core, are nothing more than routine infrastructure projects, thousands of which underpin the U.S. economy. The approval or denial of one or two will do little to cure global oil addiction or right generations of harm to tribal groups.”

This decision and its coverage is a key example of why this debate needs a robust and honest discussion about our nation’s infrastructure. The reality is manufacturers have benefited significantly from access to this clean, safe and affordable energy source. But we need to further invest in our nation’s energy infrastructure projects to deliver natural gas to businesses and communities across the nation to strengthen our advantage in this increasingly competitive market.

It’s time for stakeholders who will truly benefit from these projects to raise their voices and tell our new administration that to have further growth and success, Americans will need infrastructure to ensure that the nation’s ample supply of resources are delivered efficiently, safely and securely to the end users who need it.

Manufacturers Welcome Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House

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Washington, D.C., October 29, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) confirmation as the new Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“In politics, it is easy to spot the differences between those who are genuine and those who are in elected office for all the wrong reasons. Nothing in the government is more important than personal integrity. We can find truly good people on both sides of the political aisle, and in my view, Speaker Ryan is one of the absolute best.

“In his ascendance to the speakership, he has clearly demonstrated that he is taking on this new role, second in the line of succession to the presidency, not for the good of his career, but for the good of the institution of the House of Representatives and our country.

“Regardless of your philosophy, I believe we can all be assured Speaker Ryan will approach his job from a position of integrity and compassion and with the best interests of all Americans in mind.

“While we recognize that manufacturers won’t always agree with Speaker Ryan on every issue, we know that we can count on him to respond to the concerns and priorities of the NAM’s more than 14,000 member companies and America’s more than 12 million manufacturing workers with a listening ear and an open mind—as he has done on many issues over the years.

“Today, manufacturers are grateful for Speaker Boehner’s commitment to the principles that make manufacturing strong and our country exceptional. And we look forward to Speaker Ryan advancing all of these principles—with leadership and continued friendship. We are hopeful that his election will help Congress move forward as a fully functional lawmaking body serving the American people and promoting the values that make America truly exceptional.”

Manufacturing is Back! A Good Storyline, But Let’s Not Oversell It

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There sure have been a lot of stories lately about the revival of manufacturing in the United States, examining the rise of productivity, investment and employment. Indeed, since the dark days of 2008, manufacturing has led the economic recovery and company leaders are generally optimistic.

Today’s front page of The Washington Post provides an example. The story is “The Rust Belt Shows Some Luster“:

NORTH CANTON, OHIO — More than 1,000 applicants began lining up this week outside a former Hoover vacuum plant here in the hopes of joining a surprising trend in this part of the nation’s manufacturing heartland: new jobs.

Come June, the plant will be churning out EdenPure space heaters, vacuums, air purifiers and other small appliances once made in China. The turnabout for this factory and scores of others across the long-suffering Rust Belt offers vivid evidence of a budding revival in American manufacturing that has been a key driver of the economic recovery.

The nation’s factories have added 250,000 jobs since the beginning of last year — about 13 percent of what was lost during the recent recession — marking the first sustained increase in manufacturing employment since 1997.

The Post provides a counterpoint: The jobs don’t pay as much as they used to, back in the halcyon days of American manufacturing. The photo gallery included with the online package tells the story: “There’s a surprising trend in the long-suffering manufacturing heartland: new jobs. But even so, the hiring reflects another emerging reality of U.S. manufacturing: Jobs don’t pay what they used to.”

Other recent examples of this trend story:

Yes,  FT had the same story the Post did today more than two weeks ago, with both papers citing the same economist, Mark Perry of the University of Michigan in Flint (currently a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute). The Post’s story has more detail and local color, though. Nothing wrong with covering the same news.

Still, it makes us nervous to see so many articles pile up about manufacturing’s growing might.  It’s a trend story, the conventional wisdom, and it’s journalistic practice to follow up with rebuttals and popping of balloons. In political journalism, you build up a candidate’s reputation and prospects only to tear him down later. When do the backlash stories about manufacturing begin?

Scientific Method Disproves the BPA Scare, Again

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From The American, the online magazine of the American Enterprise Institute, “A Toxic Setback for the Anti-Plastic Campaigners“:

Advocacy groups targeting plastic products made with bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates took it on the chin last week.

A comprehensive review by the German Society of Toxicology of thousands of studies on BPA concluded, “[BPA] exposure represents no noteworthy risk to the health of the human population, including newborns and babies.” The group, which included several scientists who have advised regulatory caution on BPA, bucked calls by advocacy groups to lower safe exposure levels…

In reviewing what it called a long-running “scientific and journalistic controversy,” the panel urged the public to avoid being seduced by each and every provocative small-scale laboratory experiment on a handful of rats. “It is not helpful to count how many academic studies are positive versus negative and to decide by majority vote whether a health hazard has to be expected or not,” as the anti-BPA crowd and compliant media do as a matter of course. Science is not “majority feelings” win; it’s about “weight of evidence.”

Journalistic controversy is right. Consumer scares are the staple of today’s journalism, especially local TV news and the morning shows, which became avid consumers of hyped allegations made by self-interested activist groups (cheered on by trial lawyers).

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel , a good newspaper, mounted a journalistic campaign against the chemical, driving public policy and winning a Scripps Howard prize in the process. We haven’t seen the German study reported yet in the paper. Soon, we’re sure.

Yes, it’s old hat. There are many, many examples of “consumer activists,” trial lawyers and their political allies attacking the chemical du jour to win publicity, votes, lawsuits and journalistic prizes. But in doing so, they exaggerate risk, play on people’s fears, create a demand for more government (and less freedom), and deprive the consumer of safe, useful and affordable products that make life more pleasant. Look at the kind of foolishness this phenomenon produces, courtesy ABC Channel 7 News in Denver:

DENVER — If you’re the type who has a wallet or purse full of receipts, you might want to throw them out. They could have the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, on them.

Give us the scientific method over fear-mongering any day.