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U.S. Manufacturers Weigh into Presidential Race

Posted February 01, 2016


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) launched an extensive speaking tour last week to showcase modern manufacturing, highlight the importance of manufacturing to America and lay out solutions the group says will create more jobs, seize global leadership and expand what it calls “the circle of opportunity.”

The 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour has NAM’s president and CEO Jay Timmons making stops in key presidential primary states and major manufacturing cities across the country “to discuss the real-world solutions needed to allow the U.S. economy and manufacturers to thrive.”

At the launch event in Manchester, New Hampshire, Timmons offered insights into how manufacturers continue to drive economic growth in the United States and unveiled “Competing to Win: Manufacturers’ Agenda for Economic Growth and American Exceptionalism”— which NAM describes as a roadmap to guide manufacturing voters and candidates as they navigate the upcoming elections.

“Unavoidable headwinds, like global economic weaknesses and worldwide instability, have roiled manufacturing,” Timmons said at a forum today.

“While this will be slow to change, our leaders right here in our own country have the power to fix other self-imposed barriers to opportunity and success. They can fix policies in Washington that imperil our promise.”

Over the next week, Timmons will visit with local manufacturers, employees, students, community leaders and elected officials across New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas and Maryland.