Manufacturing Savvy

Attention US Leadership -- Manufacturers Need Real Policy Change to be Competitive

American manufacturing is rising from the ashes, according to a new book, ReMaking America, just released by The Alliance for American Manufacturing.

However this emergence must be accompanying with real leadership from the U.S. government, according to AAM President Scott Paul.

“It will take political insight and courage among our nation’s leaders to seize on this moment of great opportunity – before our global competitors out-innovate, out-invest, and out-build us,” said Paul. “The cost of not acting will be great.”

The book features thought leaders in the manufacturing sector including:

Richard McCormack, Editor of Manufacturing & Technology News, examines the role that the manufacturing sector plays in the health of the U.S. economy.

Leo Hindery, Chair of the U.S. Economy / Smart Globalization Initiative at the New America Foundation and former CEO of AT&T Broadband, calls for manufacturing policy reform to improve access to financing, to increase tax credits for research and investment, and to encourage the reshoring of production here in the U.S.

Eric Garfinkel, Member of the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Colorado Law School and former Chief Council for China Trade in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, explains the need for better enforcement of WTO rules and stronger consequences for breaking them.

Carl Pope, former Executive Director of the Sierra Club, argues for more support for renewable energy technology innovation and explains precisely how this can be done.

Harry Moser, Founder of the Reshoring Initiative and Chairman Emeritus of Charmilles Technologies Corp., details the true costs of offshore production and what the U.S. can do to become more cost-competitive.

Harold Meyerson, Executive Editor of the American Prospect and columnist for the Washington Post, examines how recent manufacturing gains are not being shared with American workers. He explains what unions can do to harness their power and reap the rewards of their work.

Irene Petrick, Director of the Enterprise Informatics and Integration Center at Pennsylvania State University, describes how new technologies like cloud computing are transforming global manufacturing chains and how local manufacturers will benefit from this trend.

Sridhar Kota, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan and former Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, explains the dangers of sending new technology production overseas. He describes innovation policy that will foster the production of new technologies in the United States.

Stacey Jarrett Wagner, Manager of Workforce Systems Development at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership, discusses the need to create a workforce training system to help the United States regain its competitive edge.

Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, calls for manufacturing policy that garners broad public support and shifts economic policy back to favoring domestic production to create an America that is truly built to last.

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