On Wednesday, October 11, Associated Industries of Missouri President and CEO Ray McCarty testified on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) at a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing, titled “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Highways and Transit Stakeholders’ Perspectives.” Other participants in the hearing included Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna, Granite Construction President and CEO James Roberts, North America’s Building Trades Unions Secretary-General Brent Booker and Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.
As the sole voice of users of our nation’s highways and transit systems, McCarty communicated to members of the committee that infrastructure is vital to manufacturers’ economic competitiveness. He stated,
As modern manufacturing evolves and becomes even more productive, manufacturers rely on complex supply chains and just-in-time principles where parts are ordered, made and delivered, sometimes within hours. A large manufacturing company in Missouri recently lost an afternoon shift of production due to an accident on I-70 that closed that highway for just a couple of hours. The cost to that manufacturer was more than $1 million. Such delays can be devastating, especially for smaller manufacturers.
McCarty went on to compel Congress to solve real problems, such as agreeing to a reliable, long-term, user-based revenue source for the Highway Trust Fund. To hear more about this important issue to manufacturers, click on these links to the video of the hearing and McCarty’s written testimony.
The NAM continues to advocate an infrastructure package that will make America the best place to make things.