National Association of Manufacturers

National Association of Manufacturers We are the largest manufacturing association in the United States - Leading Innovation, Creating Opportunity, Pursuing Progress. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.

Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States.

Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States.

Mission: The mission of the NAM is to be the voice for all manufacturing in the United States. To inform legislators, the Administration, the media, policy influencers and the public about manufacturing’s vital leadership in innovation, job opportunity, technological progress and economic security. We are a respected and focused partner in achieving an economic environment that encourages the expansion of manufacturing in the United States and strengthens our global leadership.

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10/02/2020
Creators Wanted: A Program for America's Students

The official anchor event for MFG Day 2020 events across the country, The Manufacturing Institute’s program–presented by Salesforce, PTC and Rockwell Automation–celebrates modern manufacturing in America and aims to excite students about opportunities in the industry.

#MFGDay20 will be like no other, offering opportunities for more connection and participation across the industry and co...
10/02/2020
MFG Day Is Here!

#MFGDay20 will be like no other, offering opportunities for more connection and participation across the industry and country without the limitations of physical events and travel. Hundreds of events will be held throughout the month of October.

Today is MFG Day 2020—the year’s largest day of action for modern manufacturing. But it doesn’t stop there: MFG Day launches a month full of manufacturing events, as companies and educational…

As of September, the NAM has achieved 60 policy wins for manufacturers.
09/30/2020
NAM Advances 60 Pandemic Policies That Benefit Manufacturers

As of September, the NAM has achieved 60 policy wins for manufacturers.

When the history of COVID-19 is written, it will probably confirm that this was the greatest mobilization of manufacturing power since World War II. From food to ventilators to the vaccines themselves…

Companies with #COVID19 outbreaks could be vulnerable to costly lawsuits over workers’ transmission of the virus to thei...
09/29/2020
“Take-Home” COVID-19 Lawsuits Could Be Costly

Companies with #COVID19 outbreaks could be vulnerable to costly lawsuits over workers’ transmission of the virus to their families.

Companies with COVID-19 outbreaks could be vulnerable to costly lawsuits over workers' transmission of the virus to their families, Reuters reports. Roughly 7% to 9% of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.

Racial inequality is estimated to have reduced U.S. GDP by more than $16 trillion over the last 20 years. Here’s what ma...
09/29/2020
Racial Inequality Cost U.S. Economy $16 Trillion Over 20 Years

Racial inequality is estimated to have reduced U.S. GDP by more than $16 trillion over the last 20 years. Here’s what manufacturers are doing to address racial inequality in the industry.

The effects of racial inequality can be difficult to quantify. But a new report from Citigroup tries to calculate some of the damage, putting a dollar amount on the economic impact of racial…

As concerns grow about another wave of #COVID19 infections this fall and winter, the world has passed a grim milestone: ...
09/29/2020
Global COVID-19 Toll Reaches 1 Million

As concerns grow about another wave of #COVID19 infections this fall and winter, the world has passed a grim milestone: 1 million deaths from COVID-19.

As concerns grow about another wave of COVID-19 infections this fall and winter, the world has passed a grim milestone: 1 million deaths from COVID-19, The Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports.

This year, #MFGDay20 is going to look a little different. Here's how The Manufacturing Institute is taking #MFGDay virtu...
09/25/2020
MFG Day Gets Celebrity Boost

This year, #MFGDay20 is going to look a little different. Here's how The Manufacturing Institute is taking #MFGDay virtual.

The success of MFG Day every year depends on the grassroots efforts of manufacturers and manufacturing-supporting organizations across the country. While COVID-19 has changed many MFG Day plans…

Last night, The Manufacturing Institute hosted the 2020 #STEPAhead Awards, honoring 130 #MFGWomen for their leadership w...
09/25/2020
STEP Ahead Awards Showcase Women in Manufacturing

Last night, The Manufacturing Institute hosted the 2020 #STEPAhead Awards, honoring 130 #MFGWomen for their leadership within the industry and the example they set for other women in manufacturing. See the highlights!

Last night, The Manufacturing Institute hosted the 2020 STEP Ahead Awards, honoring 130 women in manufacturing for their leadership within the industry and the example they set for other women in…

The Department of Labor announced a rule that would classify gig workers as contractors rather than employees.
09/24/2020
Labor Department Announces Contractor Rule

The Department of Labor announced a rule that would classify gig workers as contractors rather than employees.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a rule that would classify gig workers as contractors rather than employees, according to The New York Times (subscription). The rule: The new rule identifies…

As a kid, Amanda Wade Hodges designed intricate items with her dad for her school’s Machine Day and created complicated ...
09/24/2020
“The Opportunities May Surprise You”

As a kid, Amanda Wade Hodges designed intricate items with her dad for her school’s Machine Day and created complicated Halloween costumes. Today, she credits those early childhood experiences with setting her on the path toward a manufacturing career.

As a kid, Amanda Wade Hodges designed intricate items with her dad for her school’s Machine Day and created complicated Halloween costumes. Today, she credits those early childhood experiences with…

The SEC changed an important standard for publicly traded companies today—the amount of stock that a shareholder must ha...
09/24/2020
The SEC Brings Sense to the Proxy Process

The SEC changed an important standard for publicly traded companies today—the amount of stock that a shareholder must have to put proposals on the proxy ballot.

It might sound like a small thing, but this “threshold” is a big deal.

The Securities and Exchange Commission changed an important standard for publicly traded companies today—the amount of stock that a shareholder must have to put proposals on the proxy ballot (which…

The 2020 #STEPAhead Awards are tomorrow! "Receiving this honor also makes me realize how many other remarkable women I k...
09/23/2020
Growing Up on the Factory Floor: An Interview with a STEP Honoree

The 2020 #STEPAhead Awards are tomorrow!

"Receiving this honor also makes me realize how many other remarkable women I know that work in manufacturing who deserve recognition for all that they do," Honoree Kayleigh Hogan says.

Kayleigh Hogan remembers building piggy banks out of pump parts during “Bring Your Child to Work Day.” Those visits to manufacturing facilities proved to be formative: the daughter of not one…

Ports on the West Coast took in less than 40% of seaborne imports during the first seven months of the year, with ports ...
09/21/2020
How Trade Route Shifts Are Affecting Ports

Ports on the West Coast took in less than 40% of seaborne imports during the first seven months of the year, with ports on the East Coast racking up a little bit more than half.

West Coast ports are being impacted by changing trade patterns, losing imports to the East Coast and Canada, among other competitors, according to The Wall Street Journal (subscription).

3D-printing has been a huge help to foundries—thanks in large part to Ohio's Humtown Products.
09/15/2020
How a Manufacturer Brought 3D Printing into the Foundry

3D-printing has been a huge help to foundries—thanks in large part to Ohio's Humtown Products.

When you think of 3D-printing, you probably don’t think of metal casting. But in fact, 3D-printing has been a huge help to foundries—thanks in large part to one Ohio-based company, Humtown Products.

NAM Health Care allows manufacturers with fewer than 100 employees to band together in order to purchase affordable cove...
09/11/2020
NAM Health Care Helps Small Manufacturers

NAM Health Care allows manufacturers with fewer than 100 employees to band together in order to purchase affordable coverage that is usually available only to larger manufacturing companies.

When Litko Aerospace’s health-care provider increased its rates by double digits — again — CEO Ken Litko knew he needed another option. That’s when he signed his business up with NAM Health Care…

The manufacturing industry saw 408,000 manufacturing job openings in July—an increase of more than 60,000 jobs since the...
09/11/2020
Manufacturing Sees an Increase in Job Openings

The manufacturing industry saw 408,000 manufacturing job openings in July—an increase of more than 60,000 jobs since the prior month and the best result since February, before widespread #COVID19 restrictions came into effect.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) for July, which shows the persistent gap between open manufacturing positions and available skilled workers…

09/10/2020
It Takes a Team

Beating #COVID19 is going to take teamwork — just like it took teamwork for Solomon Wilcots, David Fulcher, Kevin Walker, Ira Hillary and the rest of the 1988 Cincinnati Bengals team to make it to the Super Bowl. Do your part by wearing a face covering in public spaces. #CreatorsRespond

A significant number of manufacturers used the federal liquidity programs that the NAM advanced early in this pandemic.
09/10/2020
Manufacturers Take Advantage of Federal Liquidity Programs

A significant number of manufacturers used the federal liquidity programs that the NAM advanced early in this pandemic.

The NAM released the results of its most recent Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey today. Manufacturers reported a boost in optimism—up from 33.9% in Q2, which was the lowest reading since the first…

The Senate is expected to vote on a Republican-backed relief bill after a long series of negotiations between Senate Rep...
09/09/2020
Senate to Vote on COVID Relief Package

The Senate is expected to vote on a Republican-backed relief bill after a long series of negotiations between Senate Republicans and the Trump administration.

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a Republican-backed relief bill after a long series of negotiations between Senate Republicans and the Trump administration, according to The Hill.

The U.S. is considering cracking down further on Chinese human rights abuses in Xinjiang, while President Trump had toug...
09/09/2020
A Rocky Relationship Between the U.S. and China

The U.S. is considering cracking down further on Chinese human rights abuses in Xinjiang, while President Trump had tough words about the U.S.–China relationship. Here’s an update on some important recent developments.

The U.S. is considering cracking down further on Chinese human rights abuses in Xinjiang, while President Trump had tough words about the U.S.–China relationship. Here’s an update on some important…

While you're celebrating Labor Day, wear a face covering in public spaces. It doesn't just protect your loved ones — it ...
09/07/2020

While you're celebrating Labor Day, wear a face covering in public spaces. It doesn't just protect your loved ones — it protects our economy. #MasksEqualMoney #CreatorsRespond nam.org/creatorsrespond

To keep the economy open, we all need to practice safe behaviors. 😷  #MasksEqualMoney #CreatorsRespond nam.org/creatorsr...
09/06/2020

To keep the economy open, we all need to practice safe behaviors. 😷 #MasksEqualMoney #CreatorsRespond nam.org/creatorsrespond

09/04/2020
This is Our Second Chance

This Labor Day weekend, do your part to stop the spread of #COVID19 by wearing a face covering in public spaces. #CreatorsRespond nam.org/creatorsrespond

#MFGDay20 is going to look a little different this year. Here's how you can still do your part to show students, parents...
09/04/2020
How to Participate Virtually in MFG Day 2020

#MFGDay20 is going to look a little different this year. Here's how you can still do your part to show students, parents and teachers what advanced manufacturing looks like via virtual programming.

Manufacturing Day, and the month-long celebration of the industry it kicks off, will be very different this year now that we can’t tour factories, technical schools and more in person.

The deployment of rapid tests are an important part of the #COVID19 response. Here's the latest.
09/03/2020
A Recap on Rapid COVID-19 Tests

The deployment of rapid tests are an important part of the #COVID19 response. Here's the latest.

As you probably saw last week, the Trump administration announced a deal with Abbott Laboratories to produce more than 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests, per CNBC. Abbott’s rapid tests cost about $5 to…

Wearing a face covering in public spaces is about caring for others. But it's also clear: #MasksEqualMoney. #CreatorsRes...
09/03/2020

Wearing a face covering in public spaces is about caring for others. But it's also clear: #MasksEqualMoney. #CreatorsRespond nam.org/creatorsrespond

Graduates of The Manufacturing Institute's FAME program say the program put them on an excellent career path.
09/02/2020
FAME Gets Some Fame

Graduates of The Manufacturing Institute's FAME program say the program put them on an excellent career path.

Fittingly, The Manufacturing Institute’s FAME program has its name in the papers. This week, The Washington Monthly highlights this career-focused initiative that gives people the tools they need to…

Safe behaviors to stop the spread of #COVID19 protect the manufacturers who help us keep food on the table and protect t...
09/01/2020

Safe behaviors to stop the spread of #COVID19 protect the manufacturers who help us keep food on the table and protect the jobs that help us keep the necessities coming. #MasksEqualMoney #CreatorsRespond nam.org/creatorsrespond

What do you do when a pandemic shuts down your customers? In A-dec Inc.'s case, they developed products to help their co...
09/01/2020
Say “Ahhh”: A Manufacturer Makes It Safe for Dentists to Reopen

What do you do when a pandemic shuts down your customers? In A-dec Inc.'s case, they developed products to help their core customers come back safely. #CreatorsRespond

What do you do when a pandemic shuts down your customers? That was the problem faced by A-dec, a manufacturer of dental equipment and supplies based in Oregon, when dentists nationwide closed their…

Safe behaviors such as wearing masks, social distancing, hand-washing & disinfecting will protect people we care about f...
08/31/2020
Creators Respond Commitment

Safe behaviors such as wearing masks, social distancing, hand-washing & disinfecting will protect people we care about from #COVID19 and protect our country’s reopening. Join us by taking the #CreatorsRespond Commitment.

As manufacturers, nothing is more important to us than keeping people safe. Manufacturers have been leading our nation’s response to COVID-19, going to extraordinary lengths to protect our workplaces…

America’s reopening depends on all of us practicing safe behaviors. 😷 #MasksEqualMoney #CreatorsRespond nam.org/creators...
08/28/2020

America’s reopening depends on all of us practicing safe behaviors. 😷 #MasksEqualMoney #CreatorsRespond nam.org/creatorsrespond

Hospitals, businesses, schools and individuals will continue to need protective gear—but how much and for how long? The ...
08/28/2020
How Manufacturers Can Work with the Government to Provide PPE | NAM

Hospitals, businesses, schools and individuals will continue to need protective gear—but how much and for how long? The NAM has been working with the federal government to help manufacturers meet this urgent need. #CreatorsRespond

Hospitals, businesses, schools and individuals will continue to need protective gear—but how much and for how long? The NAM has been working with the federal government to help manufacturers meet this…

Chaise Blissett has always been a hands-on learner. When a friend told him about his experience in the FAME AMT program,...
08/27/2020
A “Once in a Lifetime” Opportunity: A Conversation with a FAME Grad | NAM

Chaise Blissett has always been a hands-on learner. When a friend told him about his experience in the FAME AMT program, he knew it was the right program for him.

As an engineering student at the University of Louisville, Chaise Blissett didn’t like the idea of a career where he would be sitting at a desk all day. He’s always been a hands-on learner and grew up…

A moose inside a factory would usually be a major hazard—except when it’s on a COVID-19 safety sign made by LEM Products...
08/26/2020
A Moose That Keeps You Safe: A Visit to a Sign Manufacturer | NAM

A moose inside a factory would usually be a major hazard—except when it’s on a COVID-19 safety sign made by LEM Products Inc. The custom sign and label manufacturer created a range of ingenious signs for their own facilities to keep their employees safe and healthy.

A moose inside a factory would usually be a major hazard—except when it’s on a COVID-19 safety sign made by LEM Products, Inc. The custom sign and label manufacturer created a range of ingenious signs…

More than 200,000 men and women transition out of the military each year, and The Manufacturing Institute has estimated ...
08/20/2020
Upskilling and Recruiting Veterans for Manufacturing Careers | NAM

More than 200,000 men and women transition out of the military each year, and The Manufacturing Institute has estimated that manufacturers will need to fill 4.6 million jobs by 2028.

What can manufacturers do to attract and retain talented veterans? Samsung, the founding sponsor of The Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America initiative, hosted a webinar to answer that…

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