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Manufacturers Say the President Is Getting It Right on Regulations

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President Donald Trump and Congress are tackling regulations like we haven’t seen in generations, bringing expansion, hiring and more investment opportunities for manufacturers.

According to the latest Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey from the National Association of Manufacturers, 80 percent of manufacturers say the president’s actions on regulations are headed in the right direction, with more than half of respondents saying those actions will allow them to expand operations, increase investment and add more workers.

Manufacturers’ record-high optimism reported in the first quarter has carried into the second quarter of this year, marking the highest two-quarter average (91.4 percent) for manufacturing optimism in the survey’s 20-year history. In addition, 89.5 percent of respondents report a positive outlook for their company.

Read the full report here.

2017 Manufacturing Summit: Manufacturing’s Moment!

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During the 2017 Manufacturing Summit, manufacturers of all sizes from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., for a two-day event, to bring their shop floors to the nation’s capital and to meet with members of Congress and the administration to advance the policies critical to a robust manufacturing economy.

With hundreds of manufacturers in attendance and a leading lineup of speakers, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons referred to the 2017 Manufacturing Summit as a Summit “like none other before itand characterized the moment as unique, calling it manufacturings moment!

Manufacturers heard from Vice President Mike Pence who kicked off the event and House Speaker Paul Ryan who delivered his first major speech on tax. The event closed out with remarks from Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, before manufacturers descended on Capitol Hill for their final day to highlight manufacturing’s top priorities.

Photos and a live stream of the events can be seen below.2017 Manufacturing Summit

ShopTalk Podcast: Under the Hood of Modern Manufacturing

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The National Association of Manufacturers sat down with Honda of America Vice President of Business Operations Pam Heminger to discuss modern manufacturing in America.

Heminger explains how Honda efficiently designs, produces and delivers its products and focuses on meeting its customers’ ever-changing needs. She also describes modern manufacturing as clean, bright and innovative and says that manufacturing has always been a part of her life.

Listen to the full podcast to learn more about Honda of America and modern manufacturing.

5 Facts That Show the Power of Small

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Marlin Steel Wire Products President and Owner and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Small and Medium Manufacturers Group Vice Chair Drew Greenblatt discussed the NAMPower of Small campaign in Inc. Magazine this month! Greenblatt shares how the new initiative aims to tell the story of small and medium-sized manufacturers and their contributions to this countrys success and shares some interesting facts that clearly demonstrate that large impact of small and medium-sized manufacturers.

Check it out below!

5 Facts That Show the Power of Small
New initiative aims to tell the story of small and medium-sized manufacturers and their oversized contributions to this countrys success.

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Thats why Im excited to be part of the National Association of ManufacturersPower of Small campaign. The new initiative aims to tell the story of small and medium-sized manufacturers and their oversized contributions to this countrys success.

In launching the program and communicating with manufacturers and policymakers, the NAM has compiled some interesting facts that clearly demonstrate that large impact often comes in small packages. Did you know:

1. Small and medium-sized businesses comprise the preponderance of the manufacturing sector. Of the 256,363 firms identified in the most recent data, only 3,626 were large companies. The remaining 98.5%a total of 252,737 companieswere businesses employing fewer than 500 people. This includes companies like mine, Marlin Steel, with its 31 dedicated workers.

2. The very small make up the largest proportion of manufacturing. If hundreds of employees still sounds big, know that most manufacturers fall far short of that mark. In fact, three-quarters of manufacturing companies have fewer than 20 employees. These entrepreneurial ventures help turbo-charge the economy and strengthen local communities.

3. Smaller manufacturers employ almost as many people as their larger counterparts. Small and medium-sized manufacturers are responsible for 5 million American jobs, with firms of less than 20 employees supporting 1 million of them. Large manufacturers, by comparison, have about 6 million workers.

4. The revenues of small manufacturers stack up well against some big competition. Total receipts at the small end of the manufacturing spectrum totaled $213.5 billion according to the most recent data. Larger manufacturers booked $367.1 billion.

5. Americas success in global commerce starts with the small. Small and medium-sized businesses dominate exports, accounting for 98% of the 303,000 U.S. companies selling goods overseas. These little guys were responsible for one-third of known export value, making them key contributors to a beneficial trade balance. Marlin Steel, to take one example, exports to 39 countries.

These statistics have serious implications this election year. As the nation evaluates candidates for office, we must identify and support those who will do the most to strengthen this countrys economic backboneour small business sector. To this end, the NAM is working hard to encourage manufacturers of all sizes to raise their voices together and advocate a policy agenda that works for manufacturing, for small businesses and for America.

What is clear is that no matter which party prevails in November, our new leaders must understand that trade supports small business jobs, and they must be willing to advance fair agreements that will open markets to smaller export firms. They must also recognize that small businesses are drowning under compliance requirements and commit to lessening that burden. And they must take our side on tort reform and intellectual property protections to ensure that a frivolous lawsuit or a theft of trade secrets cannot wipe out a vibrant small company.

As the five facts above demonstrate, small manufacturers are lifting above their weight in our economy and our communities, even while battling significant headwinds. Imagine what would be possible if we unleash the full Power of Small.

Jay Timmons Congratulates the 2016 STEP Ahead Honorees and Emerging Leaders

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Today, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons congratulated the 2016 STEP Ahead Honorees and Emerging Leaders at the 2016 STEP Ahead lunch. Read his remarks below!

Thank you, Cheryln, for that introduction. And thanks to Alcoa for your support of STEP and The Manufacturing Institute’s work to strengthen the manufacturing workforce.

It’s a pleasure to welcome all of you to Washington and to STEP Ahead.

This is one of my favorite annual celebrations of our industry, without question, and I want to congratulate each and every one of our Honorees and Emerging Leaders.

In the middle of a political season that’s Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 1.00.29 PMbeen divisive and frustrating, it’s refreshing to be in a room full of inspiring people…leaders dedicated to getting things done…who see beyond a problem to achieve real-world solutions.

You are trailblazers, innovators and leaders. You are ambassadors for manufacturing in your communities, inspiring the next generation. And you are building the future.

Modern manufacturing is changing lives and changing the world. From 3-D printing and nanotechnology to sustainable agriculture and lifesaving medicines and beyond…manufacturers in the United States are driving an innovation revolution.

Billions of everyday objects are now connected via the web, changing not only what we make but how we make it. First it was our phones and our watches. Soon it will be everything from our contact lenses to autonomous automobiles and transcontinental pipelines. And the digitally integrated factory itself is becoming more productive, less wasteful and safer than ever before.

As manufacturers, you are part of something big—the backbone of our economy and our country.

When manufacturing succeeds, America succeeds. Manufacturing creates opportunity and strengthens communities. We add more than $2 trillion annually to the U.S. economy. We employ more than 12 million men and women—and support another 6 million jobs along the way. And for every dollar invested in manufacturing, another $1.40 in economic benefit is created.

Of course, we face our share of challenges…unavoidable headwinds, such as global economic weakness and worldwide instability. While this will be slow to change, our leaders right here in our own country have at this moment the power to fix other self-imposed barriers to opportunity and success.

They can fix policies in Washington that imperil our promise. These barriers exist because Washington hasn’t yet summoned the will to change them. And because “We The People,” in some ways, haven’t done enough to fight for manufacturing as essential to American Exceptionalism and our future.

That’s why the NAM’s work matters. That’s why your voices as manufacturers matter. I know you’ve just come from Capitol Hill. It’s so important that we speak up for the policies that will help our industry grow and thrive…and help you succeed.

That includes everything from tax, regulatory and legal reform to improvements in our approach to health care, infrastructure and trade.

Earlier this year, in fact, the NAM laid out a comprehensive agenda, called “Competing to Win,” that makes it very clear to our elected leaders which policies they should support if they truly support manufacturing.

All of our policy goals are rooted in the the foundational principles of the country we love, the first of which is free enterprise: powerful market forces that drive innovation and growth better than any system in history.

The second is competitiveness: our ability to expand markets and succeed in the global economy.

The third is individual liberty: the creativity and entrepreneurship unleashed by protecting, defending and advancing the basic freedoms enshrined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

And the fourth, equal opportunity: our shared belief that every one of us has the potential to contribute to the success of our companies, our communities and our country.

These are the values that make and keep America exceptional—and they are the values that should guide our leaders.

One of our most urgent causes, of course, is what brings us together today: building a bigger and more diverse manufacturing workforce.

Over the next decade, studies show manufacturers will have 3.5 million jobs to fill…but 2 million of them will remain empty…unless we do something now.

Together we must encourage the public, especially young people, to view our industry as more than the gritty factories of the past…by showing them the diverse and challenging career opportunities we offer.

And we must expand access to education, training and credentialing—especially in the STEM fields—which students will need to succeed as dreamers, makers and doers.

As we pursue these initiatives, we must make clear that manufacturers’ doors are wide open to women of all backgrounds and capabilities—from computer science to marketing. Generations fought for their rightful places on the shop floor and in the science lab…on the engineering team and in the C-suite. Looking at a roomful like this, it could be tempting to declare victory.

But here’s the reality, and we all know it: women are still underrepresented in manufacturing. And that means lost opportunity for workers and families and for manufacturers of all sizes and sectors.

That’s why your example matters so much.  

You know, things are different when you have children. I have two daughters, C.J. and Ellie, and they have deepened my commitment to ensuring that today’s girls are given every chance to shape their own tomorrows.

So I am glad to be a part of an organization, the NAM, where empowerment is central to our mission. I’m proud to work with the Institute and Jennifer McNelly. And I am pleased to have this moment to honor all of you.

But in closing, I also want to ask something of you. Please, keep sharing your stories, your insights and your enthusiasm for manufacturing—whether it’s on Capitol Hill or in your hometown.

Only with more voices like yours, raised in unison with your colleagues, will we conquer political negativity, embrace opportunity and unleash the potential of this generation…and the next.

Again, thank you for all that you do. And congratulations.

Oil and Gas Industry Digs in on Charitable Giving in PA

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“As profits fell and the unemployment rate soared, local charitable organizations were receiving more money. They were able to help when it was needed most, thanks to new donations from oil and gas companies. United Way has collected nearly $1.2 million from the industry since 2007,” Murphy said.

oil and gas aritclePenn Live had a great article this week showcasing the amazing charitable giving that is coming out of the oil and gas sector of manufacturing in Pennslyvania, including NAM members Range Resources and Chesapeake Energy! What makes this act of philanthropy even more incredible is that it comes at a time when the oil and gas industry is facing economic headwinds, and instead of shying away, they are digging in and giving back! Check out the full article below!


By Candy Woodall on March 22, 2016

Barbara Murphy had an up‑close view of how much money her nonprofit was losing and worried it would only get worse in the throes of the recession.

“We were losing money every year until 2007,” she said.

That year the fundraisers at the United Way of Washington County were hoping the organization could attract at least $750,000 in donations.

Murphy, who was the resource development director at the time, was in charge of “shaking bushes for money.”

Now she’s president of the nonprofit and oversees a budget that has grown in the last nine years. It reached more than $1.5 million by June 2015.

“It makes me look like a miracle worker, and I’d love to take credit, but it was being in the right place at the right time,” Murphy said.

The right place was thousands of feet above a river of natural gas, and the right time was at the start of the Marcellus Shale boom.

“If a charity in Washington County is not receiving money from Marcellus Shale companies, it’s because they’re not asking,” Murphy said.

Oil and gas development was a game‑changer for nonprofits in Washington County and throughout the state.

It’s generally believed that, as goes the economy, so do donations to nonprofits. But the industry changed that axiom in Pennsylvania.

As profits fell and the unemployment rate soared, local charitable organizations were receiving more money. They were able to help when it was needed most, thanks to new donations from oil and gas companies.

United Way has collected nearly $1.2 million from the industry since 2007, Murphy said.

Range Resources was the first company to frack a well in Pennsylvania, and it was the first company to donate to the United Way in 2007.

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Get the Facts on Trade! Join us Live Tomorrow, March 16, at 11:45 a.m. on Periscope

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Join the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) on Wednesday, March 16, at 11:45 a.m. EDT for a live digital panel on Twitter and Periscope.

Panelists will dispel common misconceptions about trade and trade agreements and equip viewers with knowledge to make the case for trade policies that will grow manufacturing in the United States.

The panel will feature:

  • Linda Dempsey, NAM vice president of international economic affairs;
  • Ambassador Carla Hills, former U.S. trade representative;
  • Tony Fratto, founding partner at Hamilton Place Strategies; and
  • Chuck Wetherington, president at BTE Technologies.

Your voice can help advance manufacturers’ priorities on trade. Tune in and follow along at #MFGTrade and send us your trade questions!

NAM Concludes 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour in Baltimore, Maryland

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National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons concluded the 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour on February 5 at Marlin Steel Wire Products in Baltimore, Md. The event was the last stop in a tour throughout seven states to highlight the vital role the industry plays in the U.S. economy and the changing perceptions of manufacturing. While in Maryland, Timmons also launched the NAM’s “Power of Small” campaign, an effort focused on highlighting the importance of small manufacturers to the nation’s economy.

“We’re proud to conclude our tour at Marlin Steel,” said Timmons. “After meeting with students, manufacturers, community leaders and elected officials across the country, I have great confidence in the future of manufacturing. Our shop floors are no longer the factories of our parents’ generation; they are state-of-the-art facilities driving an innovation revolution that will change our lives and strengthen our country. We still face challenges, which is why in this election year, we must hold candidates and leaders accountable and insist they support manufacturing not just with their words but also with their policies. For generations, manufacturers have built incredible things and improved the human condition. Now it’s time to apply the talent, dedication and spirit we saw throughout our tour toward the task of building a brighter future—to secure economic growth, more jobs and rising standards of living for all.”

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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, Fla.

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, Fla. 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 efforts 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.