Following the president’s remarks Tuesday, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons yesterday spoke to the Detroit Economic Club about the state of manufacturing.
Timmons noted that the industry is strong, but he sees room for improvement.
“When the President of the United States highlights manufacturing in his State of the Union address, there is a very good reason for that,” Timmons said. “He knows, as any President in the past century knows, manufacturing made our nation strong. And manufacturing will make us even stronger in the future.”
Added Timmons, “Unfortunately, manufacturing today is not where it needs to be.”
Timmons noted that many states, including Michigan have made progress in shaping a business-friendly climate for manufacturers, but this attitude, despite talk, has not yet been embraced in the federal government. To usher in better policy for manufacturing in the United States, Timmons cited NAM’s A Growth Agenda: Four Goals for Manufacturing Resurgence in America, released Tuesday.
“These are simple, commonsense choices—choices that can deliver tax reform, enact ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policies, open and expand global markets to manufacturers and spur innovation. These choices are the foundation of A Growth Agenda that manufacturers have released and the roadmap that policymakers should follow because manufacturing powers an economy. If we truly unleash the power of manufacturing in this country, it will allow future generations to reach heights we never dreamed of. Manufacturing makes us strong, and if we embrace the policies that make this country more competitive, there’s no doubt that America’s best days are ahead.”
You can read Timmons’s full speech here.