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National Association of Manufacturers Sponsors Bipartisan “Build to Win” Event in Ohio

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and its affiliate, the Ohio Manufacturers Association, partnered with the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber on Tuesday to host a panel discussion on infrastructure development and investment.

Expanding infrastructure is “great for the economy, great for the workers, middle-class jobs that are secure with benefits and pensions and good retirements, so it’s all good,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) told WKBN News during the “Fueling America’s Future: Accelerating Energy and Transportation Infrastructure” event.

The bipartisan discussion included Rep. Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio’s 13th District, and Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), a Republican who represents Ohio’s 6th District. They were joined by Rocco DiGennaro Jr., president of the Western Reserve Building Trades; David Ledonne, vice president for operations in the Utica Shale and Appalachia for MarkWest/MPLX; and moderator Ryan Augsburger, managing director of public policy for the Ohio Manufacturblogpic1ers’ Association.

“We know based on what we hear from our members that the support for transportation and energy infrastructure comes from all corners of the state,” Augsburger said in kicking off the event for about 100 members of the business and civic community who attended. “It crosses party lines, as you’ll see here today with the congressmen, and it transcends just about every demographic group you can imagine.”

The panel members answered questions from the audience about critical pieces of infrastructure, such as pipelines, roads, bridges, power plants and how investment in them can help bring manufacturing back to Ohio. The speakers conveyed a sense of optimism over plans for development.

DiGennaro explained how 500 of his union members would be working on a natural gasfired power plant next year and how eager his members are to work on ethane cracker plants as well. Ledonne provided the audience with an overview of how oil and gas development leads to expanded manufacturing as he provided an update on the significant investment Markwest/MPLX has made in the state.

The panelists drove home the point of how critical it is to invest in energy and transportation infrastructure. Rep. Ryan summed up the discussion best during a question-and-answer session:

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Let’s Work Smarter, Harder and Together to Protect the Environment

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is releasing in-depth Competing to Win policy papers to equip Congress and the Trump administration with blueprints for delivering on manufacturers’ priorities. Today’s release is the seventh in the series and focuses on the environment. For more on the NAM’s 12 Days of Transition, follow @ShopfloorNAM.

Voters asked for change in 2016, and they are going to get it. Environmental policy is no exception, as the president-elect and congressional leaders have pledged to shift course on many of the regulations put in place by the outgoing administration. We’re going to have to wait until January 20 to see how they will do it, but I think it’s safe to say the Clean Power Plan, the Waters of the U.S. regulation and many of the Environmental Protection Agencys most hotly-contested policies are due for a revamp.

One of the most frequent questions I am getting from manufacturers and their employees is what the scope of these regulatory rollbacks will be and what they will mean for overall environmental protection and manufacturers’ strong commitment to sustainability. We’ve made no secret of our distaste for the growing regulatory burden on manufacturers; the average manufacturer spends $10,497 per employee just to comply with environmental regulations, and small manufacturers spend double that amount. But we also want to improve the environment, economic performance and the social well-being of the employees, communities, customers and consumers we serve. We just want to do it in a way that fosters innovations instead of the overly prescriptive regulations that have created roadblocks and uncertainty in recent years. Regulation done wrong actually harms how rapidly we can achieve our environmental goals.

The NAM is excited to share with President-elect Donald Trump and congressional leaders Competing to Win: Sustainability and the Environment, the NAM’s aggressive plan of action to improve the environment for all.

This is, perhaps, a different paper than you might have been expecting from us. We haven’t always seen eye-to-eye with the Obama administration on how best to confront climate change, protect air and water, limit waste, conserve resources and protect biodiversity. But let me be abundantly clear: manufacturers are absolutely committed to confronting climate issues, protecting air and water, limiting waste, conserving resources and protecting biodiversity. We’ve been doing it for decades and getting results. It’s in our DNA. And we want the federal government to work with us, not against us, to drive a more sustainable future for the United States and the world.

  • This plan sets forth concrete steps manufacturers hope our leaders will take to foster new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address global climate change, so manufacturers can be the solution here and around the world.
  • Our plan sets forth recommendations to strengthen stewardship of water resources and foster local, state and federal cooperation.
  • Finally, our plan sets forth proposals to create more balanced, effective regulations and modernize outdated environmental laws to better address 21st-century environmental challenges.

Now is the time to think big, and that’s what we’re doing—as part of our ongoing effort to be the solution. The election did not make our environmental challenges disappear, and we’re not about to pretend that it did. Manufacturers have embraced sustainability because it’s good business and it’s the right thing to do. We’re confident our leaders in Washington will agree.

To view the blueprint, click here.

This blog is part of the NAM’s 12 Days of Transition series, an effort to provide the presidential transition team and other Washington policymakers with a roadmap to bolster manufacturing in the United States. Read the other blogs in the series here.

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

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.

New Energy Department Report Good News for Manufacturing

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There’s great news for America’s manufacturing sector: the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Agency (EIA) has released a new report showing proposed pipeline projects in the Midwest would significantly increase our access to safe, domestic energy.

Increased access to reliable sources of our own energy is essential for manufacturers, to power operations and remain competitive in an increasingly global marketplace. The EIA report, which gathered data on infrastructure proposed in Ohio, found the number of state-of-the-art pipelines in various stages of the approval process would increase transport capacity from 10 billion to 17 billion cubic feet per day.

But pipeline projects are not simple construction endeavors; they are high-tech engineering undertakings. Building a new pipeline takes years of review and approval, negotiations with landowners and approvals at all levels of government.

Unfortunately, during these long and complicated approvals, dozens of shovel-ready projects sit in waiting. From wages for construction activity to lower electricity costs for consumers and greater manufacturing in America, the benefits of natural gas access are felt throughout the community. In fact, the National Association of Manufacturers’ recent Energizing Manufacturing study conducted by IHS Global estimates that in 2015 alone, expanded natural gas access meant 1.9 million new jobs and an extra $1,337 in the pockets of the average American family.

Pipelines are the safest possible means of transporting natural gas resources. Americans deserve access to infrastructure that can move energy to manufacturers and other industries that are dependent on it, including low-carbon power plants, agriculture and more. Pipeline construction largely relies on private investment, so the American taxpayer saves money.

Prioritizing public participation and transparency on the front end means we can start building these critical pipeline infrastructure projects in a timely manner.  And when we do, regions like western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio win. In fact, investments are already bearing fruits through added tax revenue and patronage at local hotels, restaurants, grocery stories and other tourist attractions. Domestic energy is a benefit we can’t afford to reject.

Timmons: President-Elect Trump Signals an End to the EPA’s Regulatory Assault on Manufacturers

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National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator:

     “Today’s nomination signals that President-elect Donald Trump will end the EPA’s regulatory assault on manufacturers. This is the type of change manufacturers voted for, and we’re hopeful the next administration will strike the right balance between environmental stewardship and economic growth.

“Manufacturers have helped to usher in a new era of a cleaner and more sustainable environment, and we remain as committed as ever to reducing emissions, improving our energy efficiency, recycling more and reducing waste. As a sector, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent since 2005, while our value added to the economy has increased by 19 percent over the same time period.

“We look forward to working with President-elect Trump and Scott Pruitt, once confirmed as administrator, to build on this past success. We believe the EPA can drive continued environmental quality improvements, while reducing overreaching, inflexible federal policies that threaten manufacturing’s competitiveness. Many of the largest and costliest regulations issued over the past several years have come from the EPA.

“Manufacturing innovation remains the best solution to addressing climate change and most of the environmental challenges facing the country and world.”

CONTACT: Jennifer Drogus, (202) 637-3090

Manufacturers’ Story of Promise: Energy

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is releasing in-depth Competing to Win policy papers to equip Congress and the Trump administration with blueprints for delivering on manufacturers’ priorities. Today’s release is the third in the series and focuses on energy. For more on the NAM’s 12 Days of Transition, follow @ShopfloorNAM.

The landscape on energy seems to change faster than we change presidents. When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, manufacturers were largely at a competitive disadvantage on energy versus their foreign counterparts. Today, the script has flipped. The United States now has a mix of energy resources and innovative technologies unmatched by any other nation in the world, and manufacturers enjoy a distinct competitive advantage.

President-elect Donald Trump will enter office in January facing a host of challenging policy issues on day one, and energy is no exception. But this isn’t a story of struggle; it’s a story of promise. For too long, Washington policies have failed to keep pace with our energy renaissance. As a result, the energy advantage manufacturers enjoy has happened in spite of Washington, not because of it. That dynamic desperately needs to change.

So the NAM has delivered to President-elect Trump and his transition team a comprehensive set of recommendations that, if enacted, will maintain and widen the competitive advantage manufacturers enjoy on energy. Manufacturers’ recommendations will spur investments from existing manufacturers and attract new ones, creating jobs and fueling economic growth in the United States.

The NAM’s Competing to Win: Energy in Focus plan is a roadmap of sensible energy policies that we hope the new president and Congress will embrace.

The plan provides concrete steps leaders can take to ensure that adequate energy resources from all sources are developed in the United States, which include the following:

  • Promote continued research, development and deployment of new technologies that improve energy efficiency;
  • Reduce regulatory barriers for energy production, transport and use and limit the “permitting paralysis” that stymies new energy infrastructure projects; and
  • Provide for a reliable electric grid that ensures manufacturers can access energy when they need it, even as policies and markets change.

The Obama administration has presided over our energy revolution and deserves some credit. That said, it has always felt like we were leaving so much on the table. Access to energy thrived on private lands but was artificially limited on federal lands. Energy infrastructure projects were left in limbo by an administration that seemed unwilling or unable to make a decision. Approvals were granted then revoked. New technologies were embraced one day and ignored the next.

Together, we can turn a good story on energy into a truly great one. Manufacturers are ready and willing to work with the new president and Congress to maximize our energy advantage. It’s time to hit go.

To view the blueprint, click here.

This blog is part of the NAM’s 12 Days of Transition series, an effort to provide the presidential transition team and other Washington policymakers with a roadmap to bolster manufacturing in the United States. Read the other blogs in the series here.

New Battleground State Poll: Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Energy Infrastructure Investment

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Clear Majority of Voters Say Development of Pipelines, Power Lines Will Spur Job Creation, Boost the Economy

More than 80 percent of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia voters believe public and private investment in infrastructure, including energy infrastructure, would have a positive impact on the economy, according to a new series of surveys released today by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

While news headlines focus on partisan fighting and a divided American electorate, the NAM surveys find a source of common ground: energy infrastructure. Clear majorities in each state support increasing domestic energy production, and more than 80 percent support increased investment in power lines, pipelines, power plants, refineries and railroads, which all play a key role in manufacturing’s competitiveness.

“It’s time to finally make critical investments in our infrastructure that will support domestic energy development,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Americans understand that we have the opportunity to allow projects to move forward that will grow our economy and keep manufacturers of all sizes competitive. It’s not hard to see how modernizing our energy and transportation infrastructure will create good-paying American jobs. Voters clearly recognize this and are demanding action from Washington.”

Investing in energy infrastructure has broad bipartisan support among registered voters in what were key battleground states in the 2016 election:

  • 91% of Republicans and 81% of Democrats indicated they support increasing investment in energy infrastructure.
  • 86% of self-identified environmentalists and 89% of union members also support increased investment.
  • When it comes to expected outcomes from increasing our investment in infrastructure, 61% say it will create good-paying jobs and 64% believe that investing in energy infrastructure will help build a stronger economy.

NAM affiliates in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia lauded the findings as further evidence that infrastructure investment will enhance manufacturing in their states.

“Pennsylvanians understand that to be able to produce energy in Pennsylvania and get it to customers, we need reliable infrastructure,” said David Taylor, president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. “They also understand that our families and communities will be better off when we invest in that infrastructure—from pipelines, ports and power lines to airports, bridges, roads and waterways. We have a unique, generational opportunity to move the Commonwealth and our nation forward by leveraging our energy resources into much-needed job creation.”

Eric Burkland, president of the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, said, “Buckeye State voters overwhelmingly support infrastructure investment because they know it will improve standards of living. From pipeline infrastructure to get Utica Shale resources to market, to locks and dams along the Ohio River, to maritime and transportation infrastructure along Lake Erie, public and private investment in these areas will help get Ohioans working again and revitalize our manufacturing base for years to come.”

Brett Vassey, president and CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, commented, “Manufacturing drives Virginia’s economy and directly supports more than 230,000 high-paying jobs across the Commonwealth, so voters recognize the sector’s important role. Given the recent energy infrastructure investment and development projects across the Commonwealth, it’s important to note that more than 80 percent of Virginia voters support these efforts because they realize that they create jobs and strengthen our economy. We look forward to working with the NAM and our partners in Washington to ensure that infrastructure investment and smart regulatory reform efforts remain a high national priority.”

The research was conducted via landline and cell phone from November 28 through December 3, 2016. The sample size for each state was 500 registered voters in 2016. Margin of error = +/- 4.38 per state.

Additional information on the state surveys is available below:

To learn more about manufacturers’ policy priorities and the benefits of infrastructure and energy development, visit www.nam.org/competingtowin.

 

CONTACT: Jennifer Drogus (202) 637-3090

Timmons: Dakota Access Decision Defies Logic, Science and Sound Policy

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National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement after President Barack Obama denied the permits necessary to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“This decision defies logic, science and sound policy decision making, and the consequences can be measured in lost work for manufacturers and those in the manufacturing supply chain.

“If a project that has involved all relevant stakeholders and followed both the letter and spirit of the law at every step of this approval process can be derailed, what signal does that send to others considering building new energy infrastructure in this country?

“We can only hope that President-elect Trump will stand by his promises to invest aggressively in new infrastructure in America and start by overturning this misguided decision and allow the completion of the pipeline.

Learn more about how energy infrastructure opens up opportunities here.

CONTACT: Jennifer Drogus (202) 637-3090