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Manufacturers Win Several Website Design Awards

The NAM is proud to announce that it has been honored with several awards for its redesign of www.nam.org. Launched in 2010, the website reflects modern manufacturing in America and highlights this critical theme: manufacturing’s vital leadership in innovation, job opportunity, technological progress and economic security. The website is a source of information about policy issues and breaking news affecting all manufacturers in the United States.  The user-friendly site features policy issues, information on how to take action and quick facts on manufacturing in America.

Design & Build Team

Christian Moritz – Vice President, Communications

Jeff Colburn – Vice President, Information Technology

James Skelly – Senior Director, Multimedia

Brian Machi – Senior Director, Information Technology

Ronni Hutchason – Manager, Multimedia

Matthew Preiss – Specialist, Multimedia

Hannah Cheadle – Digital Producer (Digitaria)

 

GD USA Interactive Media Awards Emerging Media Award WebAward The Webby Awards
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Meet U.S. Obligations, Raise the Debt Limit

From The Hill, “Business groups likely to align with president in debt-ceiling fight“:

“We have been very upfront. We support an increase in the debt limit. We need to meet our obligations,” said Dorothy Coleman, vice president of tax and domestic economy policy for the NAM. “There is a huge downside to default.”

NAM remains neutral on the question of attaching a long-term deficit-reduction plan to the debt-ceiling vote.

“We have been neutral on how it gets done. Our interest is that it does get done in a timely fashion,” Coleman said.

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Manufacturers Urge Congress to Rein In EPA’s Overregulation

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today launched a campaign to put a human face on the unprecedented expansion of federal regulations coming from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Manufacturing is leading the way in America’s recovery, adding thousands of jobs every week. But the flood of regulations pouring down from the EPA will mean higher prices for energy and impose enormous costs throughout the economy.

Manufacturers pay utility bills like everyone else. When residential energy costs go up, families have less money to buy things like clothes and groceries. When energy costs go up for manufacturers, we have less money to invest – and to hire people.

We’re releasing these new ads as Congress considers legislation to block the EPA’s proposed regulating of greenhouse gas emissions. No federal agency should have the authority to simply mandate such a radical, nationwide restructuring of energy use – and force people to pay higher energy prices – without a vote of the elected branch of government, Congress.

Manufacturers already have invested billions of dollars to comply with federal regulations. We embrace common-sense approaches to ensure a clean and healthy environment.

Unfortunately, the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations are only the biggest, most economically damaging of its many proposals. Whether it’s mining, transportation, farming, or manufacturing, the EPA is rolling out mandates that make it tougher for businesses in America to compete in the global marketplace, and tougher for people to make ends meet.

As our ads asks, “Manufacturing has always provided good jobs that support our local economies. But times are tough. So why is the EPA pushing new regulations that could force businesses to close, making times tougher, increasing costs and prices for goods and services?”

The NAM’s new TV and radio ads are just the beginning of a sustained educational campaign about the EPA’s excessive regulations and their effect on the U.S. manufacturing economy.

To learn more about this campaign and the damaging effects of the EPA’s proposed regulations, please visit www.NoNewRegs.org.

Jay Timmons is President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers.

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Manufacturing Group Forms to Back U.S.-Canada Border Initiatives

From the news release announcing the creation of the Bi-National Manufacturing Coalition, “Bi-National Manufacturing Coalition Praises Leaders on Border Vision”:

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLOMBIA and OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Feb. 4, 2011) - Leading U.S. and Canadian manufacturing associations have announced the formation of the B3 – Businesses for a Better Border – a manufacturing coalition to advise both governments on policies for perimeter security, regulatory compliance and economic competitiveness.

Manufacturers, and their integrated supply chains, face growing transactional compliance hurdles when shipping goods across our shared border. This threatens manufacturing competitiveness, dampens export growth, and stifles job creation in both countries.

Today’s announcement by President Obama and Prime Minister Harper on their shared objectives is an important step forward in addressing the needs of manufacturers in the integrated Canadian/U.S. economy. B3 applauds the two governments for their announcement today of a shared vision for perimeter security and economic competitiveness.

B3 is steered by the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA), and the U.S. National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). As one can tell from the membership, a major focus will be the integration and effective cooperation of the automobile industry on both sides of the border. Good time to build a new connection between Windsor and Detroit — the Gordie Howe International Bridge sounds good.

Also, from the White House on Friday, “Joint Statement by President Obama and Prime Minister Harper of Canada on Regulatory Cooperation“:

Today, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper have directed the creation of a United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), composed of senior regulatory, trade, and foreign affairs officials from both governments.  In recognition of our $1 trillion annual trade and investment relationship, the RCC has a two-year mandate to work together to promote economic growth, job creation, and benefits to our consumers and businesses through increased regulatory transparency and coordination.
 

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Congrats, Boss! NAM’s John Engler Moves to Business Roundtable

From The Business Roundtable, “Business Roundtable Names John Engler President“:

Washington – Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, today announced that it has named former Gov. John Engler as its President, effective January 15, 2011.  

Engler currently is President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the U.S. A former three-term governor of Michigan, Engler has been NAM president since October 1, 2004.  

As NAM president, Engler has been a leading advocate for the nearly 12 million Americans employed directly in manufacturing, educating the public and policymakers on issues that affect this critical sector of the U.S. economy. Under Engler, the NAM has had unprecedented growth and has boosted its dues revenues by 28 percent.  

“As a Governor, John forged progressive public policy. As the NAM’s President, he has been an effective, articulate spokesman for manufacturing. He has championed U.S. competitiveness around the world – often working arm-in-arm with Business Roundtable – and has tirelessly advocated policies that create jobs in the U.S. Respected in Washington on both sides of the aisle, John has spurred NAM to grow in both size and influence, even as its members faced difficult economic times. His leadership skills, policy expertise and broad background in both the public and private sectors uniquely qualify him to be BRT’s new president. We’re thrilled that John is joining BRT at this important moment for American businesses,” said Ivan G. Seidenberg, Chairman of Business Roundtable and Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications.   (continue reading…)

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New York Times: ‘Tax Breaks Bring Hope for Hiring’

The New York Times reports on manufacturers’ reaction to the tax compromise moved forward by the Senate on Monday. The story is, “Tax Breaks Bring Hope for Hiring“:

To many manufacturing companies, the tax cut proposal now being considered in Washington may be just enough to spur additional spending and hiring.

At Yushin America, a Rhode Island company that makes and maintains robotic manufacturing equipment, executives say that the business tax breaks would allow them to invest in new machinery, new employees and even a new roof.

“It’s a chance for us to put it back in the business and grow,” said Michael Greenhalgh, operations manager of the company in Cranston, which employs 60 people and has annual sales of about $21 million.

The story quotes the NAM’s Monica McGuire and uses Bison Gear and Engineering in Illinois as a case study of how the tax treatment can spur investment.

Because Bison is organized as a subchapter S corporation, and its income is taxed at its owners’ individual rate, it will benefit if Congress extends the tax break for the wealthy. The company, which has $50 million in sales and 225 employees, will also reap tax savings from the changes in depreciation and research policies.

Ron Bullock, company chairman, said three positions in the research and development staff had been vacant for months as he tried to gauge the strength of the economic recovery and the prospects of a double-dip recession. With the tax savings, Mr. Bullock said, he expects to hire as well as replace aging equipment.

“Other businesses will use their tax incentives to order products from us, which will allow us to hire and, hopefully, expand,” he said. “That’s the way you turn an economy around, and allay the fears people have about whether this economy is a good place to invest.”

Ron is an NAM board member.

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The Limits of Raising Taxes as a ‘Manufacturing Strategy’

WashingtonPost.com this morning posted a lengthy and interesting report on the Congressional politics of manufacturing, “New Democratic strategy for creating jobs focuses on a boost in manufacturing“:

President Obama and congressional Democrats — out of options for another quick shot of stimulus spending to revive the sluggish economy — are shifting toward a longer-term strategy that promises to tackle persistently high unemployment by engineering a renaissance in American manufacturing.

That approach, heralded by Obama last week in Detroit and sketched out in a memo to House Democrats as they headed home for the August break, is still evolving and so far focuses primarily on raising taxes on multinational corporations that Democrats accuse of shipping jobs overseas.

We lost track of how many attempts there were on Capitol Hill last week to try to use billions of dollars of new taxes on foreign earnings to pay for other federal spending.

As several of the National Association of Manufacturers “Key Vote” letters (here and here) noted:

An estimated 22 million people in the United States – more than 19 percent of the private sector workforce and 53 percent of all manufacturing employees – are employed by companies with operations overseas. Manufacturers feel strongly that imposing…tax increases on these companies …will jeopardize the jobs of American manufacturing employees and stifle our fragile economy.

Some of the proposed tax increases, which are mischaracterized as closing tax loopholes, actually represent significant changes to pro-growth tax policy supported by Congress and the Administration.

It’s just not a good approach, making the United States a less attractive place to do business.

Anyway, as Crocodile Dundee might say about raising taxes, “That’s not a strategy. Now, THAT’s a strategy.”

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Design Shopfloor’s New Logo, Please.

The National Association of Manufacturers launched a new website and branding on February 22. Now are graphics gurus are moving on to Shopfloor.org, the blog. In the process we’re trying the concept of crowd sourcing, that is, seeking wisdom from the millions on the Internet.

Using the CrowdSpring web service, the NAM has posted a $500 prize for the designer of a new Shopfloor logo. From the creative brief:

The Shopfloor logo should reflect the voice of modern manufacturing’s vital leadership in innovation, job opportunity, technological progress and economic security. It should reflect the positive attributes of modern manufacturing: clean, innovative, efficient, sleek, technology.

HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:

The Shopfloor logo should be consistent with the logo of the National Association of Manufacturers in terms of typography and color. It should be consistent with the look and style represented by our website nam.org. However, the Shopfloor logo should maintain its own unique identity.

The logo primarily used on websites and HTML emails. In rare cases it will be printed on stationery or used on a banner so the logo will need to work on multiple media.

Much more detail at the CrowdSpring site.

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Realistic Assumptions About Energy Development

The critiques, dismissals and attacks against the the National Association of Manufacturers’ and ACCF’s study on the economic effects of the Waxman-Markey bill will accuse the analysis of using dodgy assumptions, especially of being too conservative in the amount of alternative energy and nuclear power that will be developed.

Here, for example, from The Vine, the environmental blog of The New Republic (our emphasis):

Technically, NAM is using the same economic forecasting model as the Energy Information Administration, but NAM fed its own, very different assumptions into the model. Not all of those assumptions have been disclosed yet, but the ones that have seem a little dubious. For instance, NAM assumes that, under a climate bill, we’d see just 10 to 25 gigawatts of new nuclear power. But the EIA predicts we’d see that many nukes built without a climate bill, and as much as 95 gigawatts under a carbon cap.

The NAM is working hard to see that more nuclear power is developed, recently joining in the establishment of a coalition to link the workforce and energy policy issues.

Unfortunately, this Washington Times story captures the reality of energy production in the United States today, “Bill requires doubling nuke use,” with this discouraging subhead, “Low-cost solution unlikely, unpopular.”

To satisfy House Democrats’ low-cost solution to global warming, Americans would have to double their reliance on nuclear energy by 2030 – a target the nuclear industry says is unlikely and that many environmentalists and Democrats dislike.

That is the conclusion of a new Energy Information Administration report that looked at the House Democrats’ global warming bill. To produce enough clean energy at a reasonable cost would require construction of dozens of new nuclear power plants, even though no new plant has been built in decades.

The article includes comments from environmental activists:

This thing is completely so buried in the 20th century it isn’t even funny,” said Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, which opposes expanded nuclear power. “To assume that nuclear and carbon sequestration are going to be the low-cost sources of electricity in the future are wrong.”

He said EIA underestimated the ability of wind and solar power to expand quickly and cheaply.

The new National Academies of Science study, “America’s Energy Future: Technology and Transformation,” examines the role of alternative energies in the U.S. energy future, and is quite positive about their contributions. Still, as the chart on Page 36 shows, the EIA’s estimates for electricity supply in 2030 are as follows (in terms of terrawatt horus):

Coal: 2,800
Petroleum: 55
Natural Gas: 500
Nuclear Power: 920
Hydropower: 300

Renewables combined (wind, solar photovoltaic, concentrating solar power, geothermals, and biopower) are: 233.

Coal: 2,800
Renewable: 233

And remember, solar power and wind are not suitable for baseload power generation. You could quintuple the renewable energy supply estimated by the EIA for 2030 — and that would be a good thing — and it would be still be only a small contributor to the U.S. energy portfolio.

So who’s being realistic?

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Engler Statement on WTO Talks Ending

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From a statement from NAM President and CEO John Engler:

I regret to say that, despite incredible efforts on the part of U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, Assistant to the President Dan Price and the entire U.S. negotiating team, WTO members declined to agree on terms that could have provided greater opportunities for trade of manufactured goods.

Time and again at the Geneva meetings, China and India reiterated how they could not lower their barriers, but insisted we must lower ours. Revealing the sort of negotiation he had in mind, Indian Trade Minister Nath, for example, remarked that cars will no longer be made in Detroit and Düsseldorf but in Asia, a process he seeks to foster by maintaining India’s impenetrable barriers against U.S. cars while having virtually open access to our car markets.

The “Special Safeguard Mechanism” demanded by China and India for their agricultural sectors was the final straw. That mechanism would have violated one of the most basic tenets of the world trading system: nations do not violate their tariff bindings by raising tariffs above the legally-bound levels. Once an exception is made, no matter how small, the entire world trading system could begin to unravel. The Doha Round was supposed to move world trade forward, not backwards.

 It is regrettable that China and India in the end refused to stick with the rules and wishes of the majority of countries. However, we must face the reality of what they did. It is important to note, however, that other developing countries, especially Brazil, made it plain during the Geneva talks that they were prepared to enter into give and take negotiations, and that is a positive development.

For Frank Vargo’s reports from Geneva, please go here.

See also USTR statement, news coverage.

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