From the 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour: Illinois Lt. Governor Sanguinetti Highlights Opportunities

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Today, Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association President and CEO Greg Baise and Siemens Foundation CEO David Etzwiler met with students and faculty at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. At this event, Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti spoke to the history and future of manufacturing in the state.  Read More

Pioneering Innovation into the Second Century of Commercial Aviation

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 The following is a guest blog from Dave Carbon, Boeing South Carolina vice president of operations, posted following NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons’ visit to the Boeing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.

It’s amazing to think of how far we have come in the past 100 years. Incorporated on July 15, 1916, following the successful flight of a “B&W” seaplane, our first commercial aircraft – the B-1 mail plane – took to the sky for the first time in 1919.  Fast forward to 2015, Boeing delivered a record 729 commercial airplanes to customers around the world, including a record 135 787 Dreamliners.
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As the vice president of operations at Boeing South Carolina, I am in awe of the unprecedented process and product innovations that brought us from the B&W to the B-1 to the 787. These innovations, driven with the help of our inventive workforce and supply chain, have truly changed the world as we know it.  But the reality is these revolutionary changes are the collective result of a daily commitment to improving our processes, questioning our assumptions, and building a better product for our customers.  Read More

State of Manufacturing Tour Day 4 Wrap: Timmons and Team Take on Philadelphia to Talk Healthcare and Innovation

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NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and the NAM team stopped in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the fourth day of the State of Manufacturing Tour. On a day focused on innovation and changing perceptions on manufacturing, Timmons gave his address at the state-of-the-art Glaxo SmithKline facility in Philadelphia.

At the event, co-hosted by The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA) and Glaxo SmithKline (GSK), healthcare and innovation were at the center of the conversation. Timmons was joined by David N. Taylor, PMA president and Jack Bailey, GSK president of U.S. pharmaceuticals, two manufacturing champions.

GSKBlog1 Highlights from the address on healthcare:
“It’s an issue that has become so riven by political discord, we are losing sight of our end goal…giving workers and families affordable access to high-quality healthcare to keep them well. This is something NAM cares deeply about.  NAM members offer employee health insurance coverage at a higher rate than other industries. In fact, 97 percent of companies supply it. Now part of the challenge is making sure we prescribe the right medicine for healthcare. Here at GlaxoSmithKline, you understand matching the intervention to the patient. When treatments rely on our own genes to spark the right immunological response…well, it doesn’t get more individualized than that. Personalized treatment is the trend in medicine. On the policy front, however, there’s some movement in the opposite direction—away from the individually tailored and toward the one size fits all.”

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Highlights from the address on innovation:

“Manufacturers account for more than three-fourths of private sector R&D. We’ve been awarded more patents than any other industry. To secure our competititiveness, we must respond with a policy environment designed to attract and retain investment…and with strong protections of intellectual property.

“We must be vigilant and push back on aggressive state legislatures that want to require pharmaceutical manufacturers to turn over and reveal highly sensitive operational information—such as pricing on specific products, marketing costs, research investments and funding streams that support new and product development. It’s a misguided effort that will sap innovation, and it’s of great concern. No manufacturer should have to provide an unprecedented view of proprietary operations or its most sensitive information.

“Manufacturers will not accept this, nor will we sit quietly. Intellectual property rights must also be a central issue in trade agreements. As we work to open new markets, we cannot allow our hard-won innovations to be appropriated by our competitors. And as we champion the Internet of Things, we’ll need to modernize our communications laws to fit this new era and find new ways for ensuring our cybersecurity.”

To read the full address, check it out on the President’s Blog.

Timmons and team also toured the Philadelphia Distillery and spoke with employees about the challenges of being a small manufacturers and what they want to see from Washington.

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U.S. Representative Pat Meehan, who represents Pennslyvania’s 7th District, sent us a video since he is in Washington D.C. for votes and work. Rep. Meehan discusses how manufacturers in Pennsylvania are thriving.

Joint Op-Ed in Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer: Much Debate but Few Solutions on Health Care
By David N. Taylor, PMA president and Jay Timmons, NAM president and CEO

“If you feel like the health-care debate has grown stale, know you’re not alone. Despite the many presidential candidates vying to lead this nation, we are hearing little new on the topic. Vitriol and political discord continue to bar us from identifying solutions to control costs, fuel innovation, preserve the employer-based health-care system, and take care of workers and their families.

“This matters to Pennsylvania, where health care is an issue not just for families but also for manufacturing. As a home to many pharmaceutical leaders and medical-technology innovators, the Keystone State is on the leading edge of medical manufacturing.”

To read the full op-ed, check it out here.

Social Media Wrap on Philadelphia:

We came to Philadelphia with big expectations and the City of Brotherly Love did not disappoint. Check out the highlights from our social media and don’t forget to follow @shopfloorNAM on Twitter and Shopfloor on Facebook for the latest updates from the road.


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And the NAM is on vine with a behind-the-scene look at the tour.

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SOM Tour Guest Blog: Bristol-Myers Squibb Showcases Technology and Logistics Hub in Tampa

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SOM Tour Guest Blog: Bristol-Myers Squibb Showcases Technology and Logistics Hub in Tampa

 The following is a guest blog from Wayne Lewis, Bristol-Myers Squibb Associate Director of Communications and Community Relations, posted following NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons’ visit to their North America Capability Center in Tampa, Fl.

Recently the National Association of Manufacturers State of Manufacturing Tour visited Bristol-Myers Squibb’s state-of-the-art North America Capability Center (NACC) in Tampa, Florida. Bristol-Myers Squibb has 15 manufacturing and process development sites, a network of distribution centers and numerous external partners. Business capabilities located at the NACC, such as Enterprise Services (shared knowledge services) and Information Technology are key enablers of the company’s Global Manufacturing and Supply (GMS) organization’s vision to be the industry’s benchmark. Here we create capabilities, provide services, and constantly focus on business process innovations that help GMS improve the speed and efficiency of operations, manage and maximize access of facilities, and meet the needs of patients and customers around the world.

These include delivering tools and systems to carry out the manufacturing strategy: providing financial reporting, forecasting and accounting for manufacturing; facilitating customer setups and invoicing; contract manufacturing; analysis, monitoring and verification of our manufacturing systems; and providing guidance and lead computer system validation effort for manufacturing systems, all of which enable manufacturing to take place. Our highly automated manufacturing facilities literally cannot operate without the support of these functions.

The tools, systems and support provided by functions at the NACC and around the world, are truly accelerating the GMS journey to benchmark.  Our employees in Tampa further build the company’s capabilities and expertise to support our company’s mission to deliver innovative medicines to patients with serious diseases.

Intellectual Property And Trade Secrets Must Be Protected At Home And Abroad

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Today, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons continued the 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour with  stops in Philadelphia, PA.

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons addresses business and community leaders at Glaxo KlineSmith while in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo Credit: David Bohrer, NAM

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons addresses business and community leaders at Glaxo KlineSmith while in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo Credit: David Bohrer, NAM


Manufacturing plays a critical role in Pennsylvania, employing more than 569,000 workers and contributing nearly $80 billion to the state’s economy. Pennsylvania’s economy, like many manufacturing-intensive states, also relies heavily on foreign markets, exporting over $36 billion in manufactured goods in 2014. Speaking at Glaxo SmithKline, Timmons shared his vision for how manufacturing in America can reach its full potential and highlighted how government policies can help or hinder those efforts. Read More

State of Manufacturing Tour Day 3 Daily Wrap: Visiting Boeing and Trident Technical College

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NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and the NAM team stop in Charleston, South Carolina on the third day of the State of Manufacturing Tour. While highlighting manufacturing opportunity and growth in the state, Timmons along with South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Ted Pitts and Siemens USA president and CEO Eric Spiegel tour  a state-of-the-art Boeing shopfloor and meet with students, faculty and business leaders at Trident Technical College.

jay tridentAt Trident Technical College, Timmons delivered the State of Manufacturing Address highlighting key workforce issues, especially important to students looking to start careers in manufacturing, teachers and professors who are educating future manufacturers and business leaders who are creating these opportunities.

From Timmons’ address: “There’s a reason more South Carolinians have jobs today. There’s a reason more than 26,000 new manufacturing jobs have been announced, and the state continues to recruit more jobs.  There’s a reason why Boeing and others are investing billions of dollars here to create state-of-the-art facilities. We can find solutions to drive growth, if only we find the will first. We also need to use that will to strengthen our workforce. Over the next decade, we will need to fill an estimated 3.4 million manufacturing jobs. But 2 million of those positions will likely remain empty because there’s a shortage of workers with the right skills—often high-tech skills.”

To read Timmons’ full remarks, check it out on the President’s blog.

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts joined Timmons for this stop and has been a vocal advocate for continued growth in manufacturing.

“We are proud to partner with the NAM and Trident Technical College in order to highlight the importance of manufacturing in South Carolina,” said Pitts. “Representing 30 percent of jobs in South Carolina, the success of our manufacturers is critical to our state. But their success hinges on being able to fill their jobs with highly skilled people. Over the next decade, more than 3 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap. A top priority at the State Chamber, as laid out in our 2016 Competitiveness Agenda, is addressing the skills gap in South Carolina. Ultimately, what it will take to be successful is for our state, schools and businesses to work together to address our workforce needs. And Trident Technical College, with its aeronautical training center, is a prime example of a collaboration to fill our state’s workforce needs as we continue to bring in high-tech manufacturers to South Carolina.”

Timmons also continued to showcase “Competing to Win: Manufacturers’ Agenda for Economic Growth and American Exceptionalism” —a roadmap to guide manufacturing voters and candidates.
“At the NAM, we want to make it easy on our leaders, said Timmons. “We’re spelling out exactly the right policies for manufacturers to compete and win, so that America can compete and win. Last week, we unveiled our 2016 Agenda for Economic Growth and American Exceptionalism. ‘Competing to Win’ is an agenda that is guided by four core values that also happen to be foundational principles of this country that we love.”

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Today Timmons also premiered a brand new Get Out The Vote video to engage and spark excitement ahead of the Iowa Caucuses and the primary season. The video narrated by NAM member and owner of Atlas Machine and Supply Company Rich Gimmel  urges all manufacturing voters participate in the upcoming primaries and general elections.  For more information on how to engage, check out our election center.

In The News:


Joint Op-Ed from Charleston Post and Courier: Building a workforce for the future
By Dr. Mary Thornley and Jay Timmons

As the 2016 election cycle heats up, South Carolina grabs national attention as the first primary in the South. The Palmetto State should take this opportunity to define the national agenda — putting a spotlight on what America needs to succeed.
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Even as many college graduates struggle to find work, manufacturers cannot fill a significant proportion of their open positions

To read the full op-ed, click here.

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SOM Tour Day 2 Wrap! Exploring Modern Manufacturing at The University of South Florida, Sun Hydraulics & The Port of Tampa

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NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and the NAM team take The State of Manufacturing Tour to Florida


The State of Manufacturing Tour has been making it’s way through the Sunshine State! With stops at The University of South Florida, Sun Hydraulics and the Port of Tampa. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons has been talking with students, educators, workers and business leaders about the story of modern manufacturing, workforce opportunities and trade and infrastructure! Check out the highlights below and be sure to hop back on the tour with us next Monday in Charleston, South Carolina!

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons Offers Remarks at The Port of Tampa:


“I am honored to have been invited to visit the bustling Port Tampa Bay. Your facility embodies what the National Association of Manufacturers is all about…the commerce that drives our economy and our nation.  It’s a privilege to see it in action. And to be in Florida, where your governor, Rick Scott, has declared 2016, ‘The year of the manufacturer. 

Already today I visited Sun Hydraulics in Sarasota—a company pioneering the advancement of fluid power. And then I took a tour here in Tampa of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s state-of-the-art North American Capabilities Center, which is furthering innovation and excellence. Innovative manufacturing is everywhere, across America and in the Sunshine State. From Ryder System’s strides in alternative fuel solutions and energy efficiency… …to the sustainable infrastructure developed by CSX. From Rayonier Advanced Materials’ development of high-value ethers that enable the development of slow release medications… …to Amgen or Bayer’s research and production of cancer-fighting and life-improving drugs. We’re talking about everything from the precision metal-formed parts produced by Hialeah Metal Spinning… …to the vast new world of the Internet of Things, where everyday objects are now digitally interconnected by the web. First it was our phones. Then it was our thermostats, our watches, our cars. Soon it will be everything from our contact lenses to our entire homes…from smart wall board, to autonomous automobiles to transcontinental pipelines. Companies like Jabil are making the “digital home” a reality. And thanks to companies like Honeywell, for example, you can control your home security, lighting and energy management with the touch of a button from around the world. That’s the Internet of Things…and that’s modern manufacturing.”  – NAM President and CEO, Jay Timmons

In The News:


Breaking down barriers to a robust U.S. economy
Special to The Tampa Tribune
Published: January 29, 2016
At kitchen tables and family events, in presidential stump speeches and televised debates, Americans are seeking answers to similar questions: How can we engineer a more resilient economy? How can we create more and better jobs? How can we build widespread prosperity? There are many solutions out there, but one thing is clear: To reach our loftiest goals, U.S. manufacturing must be part of the answer.

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