State of Manufacturing Tour, Manchester, N.H.: Jay Timmons’ Opening Remarks

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Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, delivers opening remarks from the New Hampshire Institute of Politics during day one of the State of Manufacturing Tour.

Good morning. It’s great to be here in New Hampshire at this exciting time. The eyes of the nation, even the world, are on your first-in-the-nation primary.

With the steady stream of candidates passing through the doors of the Institute of Politics, the eyes of the world have also been on Saint Anselm. So what a privilege to join you.

Neil, thank you for welcoming us. And Jim, thank you for the introduction—and for your leadership for manufacturers and the business community here in New Hampshire.

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I’m grateful to have two NAM board members with us: Doug Starrett, president and CEO of the L.S. Starrett Company; and Don Welch, president of Globe Manufacturing Company.

Bill McCourt, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, thank you for coming—and for your partnership.

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I’m here today to share with you the State of Manufacturing in the United States. Why manufacturing? It’s simple really. It’s because the strength of manufacturing in America is responsible for the success of America in the world. That is an indisputable fact. When manufacturing succeeds, America succeeds.
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SOM Tour 2016: New Hampshire Is a Hotbed of Innovative Manufacturing

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A State of Manufacturing Tour guest blog post by Jim Roche, president of the Business & Industry Association, New Hampshire’s statewide Chamber of Commerce 

Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) kicked off its 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour in New Hampshire—and with good reason! New Hampshire is a hotbed of innovative manufacturing and home to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary less than two weeks from now.

Here at the Business & Industry Association (BIA) of New Hampshire, the NAM’s official affiliate in the Granite State, we fight every day for policies that support our manufacturers—our state’s most important job creators. We push state legislators, the governor, our congressional delegation and regulators for public policy and commonsense solutions that are friendly to job creators and promote prosperity for New Hampshire businesses.

At today’s stop, the NAM laid out several key public policies that will help put manufacturing in America on solid ground, including important ideas likjim rochee fixing our outdated tax code and upgrading old infrastructure to take us toward a more modern economy.

Today’s tour also highlighted the many ways manufacturers are changing our lives for the better. Manufacturing has grown well beyond the outdated images of mill and textile work, particularly in New England. Today, manufacturing leads in electronics, fabricated metals, machinery and technology. And manufacturing is connecting people across continents. The sector offers outstanding jobs and careers for nearly 68,000 New Hampshire workers. New Hampshire’s manufacturers export almost $4 billion of goods around the world every year, bringing new wealth and economic activity into our state’s economy.

As we move deeper into this important election season, manufacturing voters are asking candidates hard questions about how they will help America compete to win in a global economy. No matter the outcome of the election, we need policies that support today’s diverse and dynamic manufacturers. When manufacturing succeeds, we’re all better off.

 

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

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Last week, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue delivered his State of American Business address. He spoke of the challenges and opportunities that businesses in the United States see on a daily basis, and he touched on a range of important policy issues. But he also brought up an important political concern: the type of troubling rhetoric we’re hearing in this year’s political campaign.

He observed, “[T]here are voices—sometimes very loud voices—who talk about walling off America from talent and trade and who are attacking whole groups of people based not on their conduct but on their ethnicity or religion.” Read More

Interior Reviews Coal Lease Program Leaving Manufacturers in Dust

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Friday, the Department of Interior announced it would develop new guidelines for development of coal resources on federal lands. Included in the announcement was a moratorium on new leases of coal on these federal lands until a new environmental impact study is completed. These studies take years, and Secretary Sally Jewell said the moratorium on new leases will be in place until the study is complete.

“Manufacturers need reliable energy sources and a robust energy mix, and this new plan from the president erodes our energy future. As the leading industry in cutting climate-related emissions, we understand and face the challenge, but manufacturers need to remain competitive in today’s global economy. The American energy boom has been beneficial to manufacturers, but this action by the administration will diminish that advantage.” – Ross Eisenberg, vice president of energy and resources policy, National Association of Manufacturers

As users of one-third of the nation’s energy, manufacturers need a robust energy strategy that looks at all forms of energy, conventional and unconventional, to ensure an affordable and reliable supply. A key to our increasing global competitiveness, in addition to continuing growth in productivity, is reliable and affordable energy. Coal still provides nearly 40 percent of our electricity and gives manufacturers an advantage in a local economy. Also concerning in this announcement is the failure to examine the costs to manufacturing and the millions of supply-chain jobs directly and indirectly impacted by such a sweeping action. Read More

Op-Ed: Strengthen Manufacturing, Strengthen Our Union

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On Tuesday night, President Obama will lay out his agenda for his last year in office. To unleash greater economic growth, to lift wages and to create more jobs in America will undoubtedly be among his goals. But if we want to achieve those goals, our focus should be on strengthening manufacturing in the United States.

Why manufacturing? Because the strength of manufacturing in America is directly responsible for the success of America in the world. When manufacturing succeeds, America succeeds.

More than 12 million people across the country work in this industry, which contributes more than $2 trillion to national GDP annually. If manufacturing in the United States represented a country, it would be the ninth-largest economy in the world.


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Why CES Is the Perfect Place to Talk TSCA Reform

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CES, produced by NAM member Consumer Technology Association (CTA), is the world’s largest technology and consumer electronics show. This event attracts thousands of participants and debuts the newest in consumer technology like robotics, self-driving cars, drones and personal sensory technologies. This year, included in that roster, is a panel exploring the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform.

The NAM’s Rachel Jones participated in this panel, discussing TSCA reform, how it affects state chemicals programs and what this means for industries like manufacturing, consumer electronics, toys and upstream chemicals.

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During the discussion, Jones highlighted why now is the time for TSCA reform and why this topic is perfect for CES.
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Connecting NAM Members to Global Consumers at Hannover Messe

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NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons (middle) at Hannover Messe 2015. Hannover Messe is billed as the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology.

For many years, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has enjoyed a collaborative relationship with the U.S. Department of Commerce with the shared goal of boosting exports, improving the business climate for American businesses and creating and sustaining good-paying American jobs. The NAM is excited to expand its work with the Department of Commerce to further these goals as a result of the recent decision by the United States to advance its international position.
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Personal Spending Rebounded Somewhat in November, but Remained Softer-Than-Desired Overall

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis said that personal spending increased 0.3 percent in November, rebounding from being unchanged in October. Indeed, spending on durable and nondurable goods items were both higher for the month, up 1.1 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively, which was encouraging. However, overall spending remained softer than desired, with a general sense that Americans are holding back in terms of their overall consumer purchases. The increases in goods spending in November followed two months of softness, and service-sector spending was unchanged for the second straight month. Moreover, personal consumption expenditures have risen 2.9 percent over the past 12 months. While this represents modest growth in personal spending year-over-year, this pace has decelerated over the course of this year. For instance, the year-over-year rate was 4.4 percent one year ago.
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Manufacturers Challenge EPA’s Ozone Regulation in Court

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Ozone CourtsToday, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) filed a challenge to the EPA’s new ozone standard. In October, the EPA lowered the existing standard to 70ppb, despite high costs and impacts for manufacturers, jobs creators and businesses looking to grow or expand.

NAM Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly said the following about the challenge:

“The EPA’s ozone regulation, which could be one of the most expensive in history, is unworkable and overly burdensome for manufacturers and America’s job creators. Manufacturers across the United States need regulations that provide balance and allow us to be globally competitive. Further, our air quality is improving, and ozone levels are down more than 30 percent since 1980, yet the Administration insists on moving forward with tightening an already stringent standard. The MCLA and the NAM will continue to fight this new standard that inflicts undue pain on the companies that build things in America.”

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