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Made In America

“At PING, our team loves manufacturing great products in America—some of the world’s best performing, custom fit and custom built golf equipment.

We appreciate our congressional and executive leaders taking time to see and touch American made products.  We feel incredibly honored to be chosen to represent Arizona manufacturing at the Made in America event.”

Dawn Grove, Chairwoman of the Arizona Manufacturers Council, Corporate Counsel for Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, the parent company of PING.

2017 Environmental & Sustainability Summit

Presentations are now LIVE! Click here to view all presentations, or look below at the agenda for each individual PowerPoint.

Location: Prescott Resort & Conference Center 1500 AZ-69 • Prescott AZ 86301

Rates & Registration:

Overnight Accomodations: (888) 657-7855 | $92/Night | Code G6321 | Deadline July 14



10AM – 3PM | Industry Panels – ADEQ Presentation – Lunch – Networking

ADEQ State of the Agency Update

5 PM | Evening reception hosted by the Arizona Manufacturers Council


8AM – 3PM |Breakfast – Legislative Panel – EPA Region IX Presentation – Keynote Speaker – Lunch – Networking

Arizona Emissions Bank – Tim Franquist, ADEQ presentationPhil McNeely, MCAQD presentation

Sustainability of Water and Power Consumption via Water Reuse and Power Conservation – Todd Brady, Intel presentation

ADWR Update – Clint Chandler, ADWR presentation

Federalism & What States Can & Cannot Do – Brett Johnson, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P presentation | Video of presentation

Federalism Case Studies – Travis Bruner, Grand Canyon Trust presentation | Elvy Barton, SRP presentation | Amanda Reeve, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P presentation | Video of panel

6 PM | Evening reception hosted by Snell & Wilmer and Haley & Aldrich



8AM-3PM | Breakfast – Keynote Speaker – Golf Tournament Presented by PING – Lunch

Why manufacturers are optimistic

Glenn Hamer

June 23, 2017

Energy and confidence defined the latest National Association of Manufacturers annual summit held earlier this week in Washington, D.C.

The right mix of policy reforms and executive and legislative branch leadership has put optimism among manufacturers at a 20-year high.

The Arizona Manufacturers Council, an entity of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, serves as NAM’s state affiliate for Arizona. I attended the summit on the AMC’s behalf and came away more excited than ever about what’s in store for this sector.

Manufacturing produces over $2 trillion in economic output and over 13 million jobs. In Arizona, we’re leaders in aerospace, defense and semiconductors. We also manufacture items ranging from golf clubs – PGA-tour-event-winning equipment by Karsten Manufacturing’s PING, for example – to the world’s best refrigerators from Sub-Zero and Wolf.

The sector is defined by cutting-edge technology and innovation, and it’s growing in jobs and output.

Summit speakers included Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Leadership at the highest levels is behind manufacturing now more than ever, a vital sector for economic growth.

We need to convert this attention and energy into the passage of NAM’s legislative agenda. The four top legislative priorities highlighted at the summit:

Tax reform. Speaker Ryan called this a once-in-a-generation opportunity. The vice president also stressed the importance of tax reform. The keys to this effort are to reduce the U.S. corporate tax rate – the world’s highest rack rate – to 15 percent, and to reduce the personal income tax rate, which applies to two-thirds of manufacturers as well.

We need to move to a territorial tax system and eliminate the death tax that harms capital intensive family businesses. Maintaining and even enhancing the permanent research and development tax credit and reducing taxation on capital expenditures are also important for our efforts to accelerate innovation.

Infrastructure investment. Manufacturers need a modern infrastructure to move goods efficiently from shop floor to market. Complex supply chains and just-in-time inventory management require no less. For Arizona, a key here is to build out Interstate 11, which would connect Las Vegas and Phoenix, the nation’s largest cities not currently connected by an interstate.

Regulatory reform. This is an area where much progress is being made, and necessarily so. A 2014 NAM study pegged the cost of regulations for manufacturers at a whopping $19,564 per employee.

Speaker Ryan spoke of implementing reforms in waves.

The first wave was to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse regulations enacted at the end of the previous administration. This mechanism has been used now a record 14 times. Executive orders and other administration activity is also moving at a feverish pace to undo some of the overregulation of the past eight years. The reversal of the punitive gainful employment regulations for higher education is one example.

The next wave is a two-out, one-in approach to any new regulations. It’s not a gimmick. NAM found in a 2016 study that manufacturers face 297,696 restrictions on their operations from federal regulations. If any sector could stand some regulatory relief, it’s manufacturing.

More difficult, but also important, is to pass into law regulatory reform bills that require more robust cost-benefit analyses to justify their necessity.

Workforce development. Skills, skills and skills. Both the vice president and speaker stressed this area. NAM is putting muscle behind legislation that would reauthorize and improve the Perkins Act, which covers career and technical education and vocational programs.

There was also excitement at the summit about the president’s apprenticeship announcement, intended to create a new workforce development program that other countries have used successfully to prepare willing workers for available jobs. As we enter what some are calling the fourth industrial revolution, workforce readiness is critical.

NAM’s work on international trade is also important. It has been a privilege to serve on NAM’s NAFTA Task Force led by Linda Dempsey, NAM’s vice president for international economic affairs. Linda is one of Washington’s most important players when it comes to the NAFTA modernization effort. NAM understands that a new and improved NAFTA is critical to our continent’s highly integrated manufacturing supply chains and our ability to sell products marked Made in the USA to the 95 percent of consumers who live beyond our borders. Let’s modernize and improve NAFTA and hold it up as a model for future trade agreements.

The energetic NAM president and CEO, Jay Timmons, cheerfully told the summit crowd, “This is our time.”

He’s right. Manufacturers have every reason to be excited.

Arizona Manufacturers Council Manufacturing Summit and Awards to recognize state’s best manufacturers

Arizona Manufacturers Council Manufacturing Summit and Awards to recognize state’s best manufacturers

U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake special guests at luncheon

PHOENIX (October 20, 2016) – The Arizona Manufacturers Council will honor the achievements of Arizona’s outstanding manufacturers tomorrow, October 21, 2016 at the Arizona Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon.

The Summit and luncheon, which will take place at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, will also recognize two legislators who have served as advocates for manufacturing in the state.

Outstanding Large Manufacturer

Arizona’s Outstanding Large Manufacturer for 2016 is Sub-Zero, which manufactures technologically advanced solutions at its Phoenix and Goodyear facilities to meet virtually any home refrigeration need.

“Sub-Zero is honored to be recognized by the Arizona Manufacturers Council as the Large Manufacturer of the Year for 2016. For over 70 years, Sub-Zero has been the leading manufacturer of luxury appliances,” Sub-Zero Corporate Manager for Manufacturing Engineering Bill Lawrie said. “Our Goodyear facility, which is currently completing a 260,000 square-foot expansion, produces over 50 percent of all Sub-Zero products built. We are delighted to see manufacturing grow in Goodyear, the West Valley and Arizona and are proud to join the elite group of past winners of this award.”

Outstanding Small/Medium Manufacturer

Pivot Manufacturing will be honored by the AMC as Arizona’s 2016 Outstanding Small/Medium Manufacturer.

Pivot, located in Phoenix, provides machining and mechanical assembly operations for various industries including defense, aerospace, commercial electronics and semiconductors.

“Pivot is thrilled to be recognized by the AMC as one of the state’s outstanding manufacturers,” Pivot President Steve Macias said. “Throughout our company’s history, we’ve worked hard day in and day out to meet our customers’ needs with the finest machined parts and assemblies, while delivering outstanding service. We share in and applaud the AMC’s support of Arizona’s manufacturing community and we look forward to celebrating our entire sector with our fellow manufacturing leaders.”

Additional awards recognizing manufacturing excellence

Excellence in Sustainability: Honeywell International, Inc.

“We take our commitment to environmental stewardship seriously at Honeywell, so we couldn’t be more appreciative of this recognition from the Arizona Manufacturers Council,” Scott Harczynski, vice president for health, safety, environment & facilities at Honeywell Aerospace said. “Our commitment to be more efficient and responsible is reflected in the extensive work we do to make our businesses more environmentally friendly, safer, and more sustainable. We thank the AMC for this award as we continue to develop technologies that expand the sustainable capacity of our world.”

Excellence in Innovation: Intel, Corp.

“Intel is proud to be named the 2016 Manufacturer of the Year for Excellence in Innovation. As an IoT leader, Intel is committed to driving innovation across all market sectors, with a significant focus on transportation, retail, and manufacturing,” Doug Davis, Intel Corp.’s senior vice president and general manager of the Internet of Things (IoT) Group said. “We are collaborating with policymakers, automakers, suppliers, academia, and cities worldwide – utilizing the IoT to accelerate innovation.”

Awards recognizing legislative advocacy on behalf of manufacturing

State Senator of the Year: Sen. Sylvia Allen

State Representative of the Year: Rep. Frank Pratt

“I congratulate all of our award winners for their accomplishments and valuable contributions to Arizona’s manufacturing community,” Arizona Manufacturers Council Chairwoman Dawn Grove said. “All of our state’s manufacturers, large and small, play a leading role in the advancement of our state. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Manufacturing Month than to honor Arizona’s creators, innovators and advocates at this special event.”

U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake to speak at awards luncheon

Arizona’s United States senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, will be special guests at the luncheon, offering their insight into the issues at a federal level impacting manufacturing in our state and country.

WHAT:  Arizona Manufacturers Council Manufacturing Summit and Awards

WHEN:  Friday, Oct. 21st

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Summit featuring panel discussions and presentations

11:45 AM Awards luncheon with Senators McCain & Flake

WHERE: Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri, Phoenix

MEDIA RSVP to Garrick Taylor at A mult box will be available.

It’s Manufacturing Month. Here are five things you need to know.

  by Dawn Grove

October 6, 2016

Commentary from a manufacturing perspective

It’s October,which means it’s the season for the annual celebration of manufacturing. For the Arizona Manufacturers Council, this is our time to shine.

Think of this time of year as the annual manufacturing checkup. We get to remind policymakers why Arizona should continue to advance public policy that encourages manufacturing, discuss how we can attract more of these good-paying job creators, and make the case as to why we should grow a sector that is on the leading edge of technological innovation. We also showcase our manufacturing facilities, share best practices and make the connections that strengthen all of us.

Here are five things you need to know about manufacturing and Manufacturing Month.

1)      Manufacturing means jobs. Manufacturing employs 12.3 million Americans and over 150,000 Arizonans. Our state’s total manufacturing output is $23.77 billion, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). And manufacturing means good, career track jobs. NAM reports manufacturing jobs in Arizona pay over 75 percent above Arizona’s average annual compensation. Plus, every manufacturing job births additional service and supplier jobs, and innovation, research and development eventually follow manufacturing wherever it goes.

Next time someone tells you that America’s best manufacturing days are behind it, point to the tremendously positive impact manufacturing is making on Arizona.

2)    Arizona manufacturing is world class. What does manufacturing look like in Arizona? Forget the caricature of sparks flying on a grimy shop floor. Manufacturing in Arizona today is defined by technologically advanced, environmentally conscious, world-class companies turning out products that improve the lives of people around the world.

Think of high tech manufacturers like Intel in Chandler, which employs nearly 11,000 Arizonans who are making products that will define our future. Or our aerospace and defense manufacturers like Boeing or Raytheon, who are equipping our men and women in uniform with the tools to ensure they emerge victorious in the toughest battles and come home safely. And I’m incredibly proud of Karsten Manufacturing and PING, which makes premium, custom fit golf equipment. Our clubs are in the hands of tournament-winning professionals and weekend duffers alike, in each case helping golfers putt, chip and drive their best.

3)      We’re preparing our talent pipeline for tomorrow’s jobs. The Arizona Manufacturers Council was strongly supportive of the Legislature’s and Governor Doug Ducey’s work in the 2016 legislative session to bolster funding for career and technical education, otherwise known as CTE.

States are in a pitched battle for good-paying manufacturing jobs. If we’re going to win the jobs of tomorrow’s economy, we must grow the talent pipeline to meet employers’ needs. That’s why CTE, which prepares high-school students with the skills and credentials they need to be successful in fields like manufacturing, is so critical.

CTE also sets the stage for students to move on to even more advanced training. According to a report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, two-thirds of tomorrow’s jobs will require some sort of post-12th grade industry certification or credential. That doesn’t necessarily mean a bachelor’s degree, but it does mean further education. To that end, Governor Ducey recently launched Achieve60 AZ, which seeks to increase to 60 percent (from the current 42 percent) the number of Arizonans with post-high school training. This is the right move at the right time for Arizona’s economy.

4)  Manufacturing thrives when we cut red tape. An onerous regulatory environment negatively affects all businesses, but it’s like kryptonite to our manufacturing heroes.

Those of us in manufacturing are dealing with the same federal regulations that all job creators are confronting: anti-employer labor rules, mandates affecting wages and employee leave that discourage hiring, and a legal environment that forces many to spend more time worrying about lawsuits than growing their businesses.

But Arizonans are disproportionately affected by environmental regulations coming from Washington, D.C. Beltway bureaucrats are issuing rules that, in the name of improving air and water quality, are thwarting job creation while having almost no positive effect on theenvironment. Thankfully, leaders like Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich are standing up to Washington’s regulatory overreach.

5)  October 21, 2016 is our Manufacturer of the Year Summit and Awards Event. I hope we’ll see you Oct. 21 at the Arizona Biltmore for the AMC’s annual Manufacturer of the Year event.

This year we’re proud to welcome both Senator John McCain and Senator Jeff Flake, who will give us an inside look at what’s happening on Capitol Hill and how what’s happening at a federal level affects Arizona’s manufacturing sector. We’ll also have discussions on preparing Arizona’s workforce for the careers of tomorrow, how recent changes in Internet governance may affect manufacturers, and honor our large and small manufacturer winners for innovation, sustainability and overall excellence.

Register online today. I look forward to seeing you there.

There are many great events occurring around the state for Manufacturing Month. or contact Christine Martin to find a tour and join in on the action.

Dawn Grove is Corporate Counsel for Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, parent company of PING, Inc. and the Chairman of the Arizona Manufacturers Council.

The Arizona Manufacturers Council within the Arizona Chamber is the state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). For more on manufacturing and NAM, visit

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans. For more information visit


Dawn of a new day for manufacturing

by Steve Macias
November 24, 2015

While observing recent national politics, one cannot be faulted for pondering the old Elvis Costello line “Oh, I used to be disgusted, and now I try to be amused.”

Fortunately, we are in Arizona, so a more apropos song for today could be Coldplay’s anthem, “A Sky Full of Stars,” which is a far cry from the beginning of the tumultuous economic period in place when I took the reins of the Arizona Manufacturers Council chairmanship seven years ago. However, in retrospect, the past several years have turned out to be a fortuitous time to focus on manufacturing and growing the Arizona economy.

As the state was seeking ways to climb out of the economic cliff we had fallen off, the AMC was looking to reestablish manufacturing in our government’s frontal lobes as a pillar of the economy, not an afterthought.

Beginning in 2010 with Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona State Legislature trying to fill a massive deficit in the state budget, manufacturing came to be looked upon as a solution to help move the Arizona economy forward, and the AMC and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry were sought after for guidance in achieving that goal.

Working closely with the Governor’s office and the then newly formed Arizona Commerce Authority, the AMC made great strides in achieving policy that has helped existing manufacturers thrive and attracted new business into the state. Now Governor Doug Ducey has taken the Little Deuce Coupe (I’m rolling with music analogies) and dropped a supercharger into the economic engine and we are seeing an even higher level of business attraction. Combine that with the renewed focus and leadership on the part of our federal delegation and we are in exciting economic development times.

Arizona is well on the road to understanding the importance of our aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries and how they can be leveraged and utilized as the cornerstones upon which to continue building our manufacturing base.

So what happens when governments, business, and the community work together? Results like the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area south of downtown Phoenix. My company is located in the area and back in 2000 when we started in business, the river bottom was full of mattresses, abandoned cars, tires and other junk. Yet, a few Saturday mornings ago, I was jogging along through the Restoration Area and was joined by hawks, burrowing owls, lizards, a coyote, quail, joggers, bicyclists, walkers and a running stream, a far cry from the wasteland it used to be and a testament to working together.

Now that I am moving on to other Arizona Chamber duties (along with running Pivot Manufacturing), who will help lead the Arizona Manufacturers Council and Arizona manufacturing into the next stage of habitat restoration? None other than Dawn Grove, corporate counsel for Karsten Manufacturing, which is the parent company of PING, the makers of world famous Ping golf equipment. Dawn is as committed to manufacturing as anyone I have ever met and she will be the ideal chair for the AMC.

Dawn’s family has invested in Arizona since Karsten  Manufacturing began in 1959. She works for one of the premier manufacturing companies in Arizona that has a global reputation for excellence. Her devotion to the community and her family is unchallenged and I look forward to working with her as she moves the AMC forward and helps makes Arizona a great place to manufacture.

By the time she is done, dare I say we’ll have a whole bunch of Shiny Happy People!

Steve Macias is the president of Pivot Manufacturing and the immediate past chairman of the Arizona Manufacturers Council

May 2016 Environmental Issues Breakfast

Name: May 2016 Environmental Issues Breakfast
Date: May 11, 2016
Time:7:00 AM – 9:00 AM MST
Event Description:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Registration & Breakfast : 7:00 AM

Program: 7:30 AM

Speaker:  Rosanne Albright, City of Phoenix
Topic:  Brownfields Program Land Recycling Program, City of Phoenix

Roseanne Albright oversees the Brownfields Land Recycling Program for the City of Phoenix.  The City of Phoenix is focused on providing assistance to city departments and private developers to redevelop sites for beneficial use.  Roseanne Albright will provide an overview of the program and how it works and a profile of some of the most recent redevelopment projects.

Speaker: Steve Rakowski, Haley  & Aldrich
Topic:  TSCA Chemical Data Reporting

Under the Toxic Substance Control Act, manufacturers and importers of chemicals must report to the EPA production and use information for chemicals used in large quantities in commerce once every four years.  The last reporting was in 2012 and the next reporting is due this year.  Steve Rakowski will provide an overview of this reporting requirement and the details associated with who and what must be reported.


Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel

1600 S. 52nd Street, Tempe, 85281

Members: $40 | Non-Members: $55


2016 Environmental and Sustainability Summit – August 10-12, 2016

Name: 2016 Environmental and Sustainability Summit

Date: August 10-12, 2016

Event Description:


Join us August 10-12 as we return to Prescott for the Arizona Manufacturers Council’s annual Environmental and Sustainability Summit. The 3-day summit will include the Air Quality Conference, the Environmental Conference, a trade show, numerous receptions, and finally a golf tournament. 

August 10 | Air Quality Conference + Welcome Receptions

August 11 | Environmental Conference + Tradeshow

August 12 | Golf Tournament

Location: Prescott Resort and Conference Center 1500 AZ-69, Prescott, AZ 86301

Please check back soon for more details.   You may direct any questions or sponsorship inquiries to Erica Wrublik: | 602-248-9172 x110

View event page on Chamber website here.


SUMCO Phoenix Corporation

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SUMCO deserves special recognition for recently hosting  50 students and their teacher (a former SUMCO employee) from Paradise Valley High School’s Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) specialty program.


CREST is a recognized leader in STEM education with instructors who continuously develop innovative and engaging ways to provide students with authentic learning experiences that enhance the curriculum. More information here.

About SUMCO:

SUMCO Phoenix Corporation manufactures electronic-grade silicon wafers for the semiconductor industry. Our wafers are used by companies all over the world to make integrated circuits and semiconductor devices that power a myriad of electronic products, from computers to cell phones, digital watches to automobile engine systems.

With proprietary technologies pioneered in Japan and here in the U.S., SUMCO is able to meet and exceed customers’ expectations, even as their need for sub-micron-level surface flatness and hyper-clean surfaces increases.

SUMCO employs about 500 people at two manufacturing facilities in the United States. As a supplier to some of the giants in the electronics industry, SUMCO provides a full range of products and services to support our customers’ global operations and technology needs. These services include Research & Development on new technologies and product applications, worldwide inventory and product delivery management for customers, and an Internet-based customer information system that gives customers access to status reports and detailed technical information about their orders at any time, from anywhere in the world.

SUMCO is committed to being the preeminent silicon wafer supplier to the leaders of the global semiconductor industry. That’s why we have invested the time and energy to implement ISO/TS 16949, ISO 14001 and QS 9000 management systems at all of our facilities, to ensure that we produce the highest quality wafers possible with minimum environmental impact.

Guiding Principles

We strive for excellence in every aspect of our business – products and services, client relationships, employee teamwork and corporate performance.

We focus on continuous improvement. We are always looking for better ways to do things, and we rely on our employees to help identify improvements.

We are committed to maintaining a healthy, safe and clean environment for our employees, and we have programs in place to assure this.

We believe in good corporate citizenship. Globally, that means treating our customers with respect and operating with honesty and integrity. Locally, it also means protecting and enhancing the environment and communities in which we work and live. We do this through responsible environmental management programs, volunteerism, and corporate and employee contributions to organizations that enrich our communities.

More information here. 

The Cutting Edge – November 30, 2015


If you’ve been following the Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) or participated in recent events, you know it has been a busy October and November. October kicked off Manufacturing Month, which celebrated the invaluable role Arizona’s broad and diverse manufacturing sector plays in our state. A special “Manufacturing Day” started things off with a tour of Phoenix manufacturer PING’s impressive facility, which occupies a full city block and employs nearly 800 people.


The month continued with site visits across the state, including Local Motors in Chandler, DIRRT in Phoenix, Sub-Zero in Goodyear, and McKee Foods in Kingman. From golf to 3D printing, from construction and refrigeration technology to food distribution, Arizona manufacturers are on the leading edge of innovation and this was their month to show off!


Manufacturing Month culminated with the annual Arizona Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon. Local Motors took home the award for Excellence in Innovation and BAE Systems earned honors for Excellence in Sustainability. Manufacturer of the Year awards went to Four Peaks Brewing in the small/medium category, and Intel for large. Congratulations to this year’s winners!


Manufacturing-themed activity continued in November with a sold-out Air Quality Conference, which the AMC hosted in conjunction with the Maricopa County Air Quality Department. The blitz of new federal regulations in this area gave presenters a variety of issues to address. Representatives from the Maricopa County Department of Air Quality, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and Environmental Protection Agency offered updates on a broad spectrum of policy issues affecting Arizona manufacturers. County Supervisors Hickman and Kunasek were also on hand to provide opening and closing remarks. Stay tuned for an AZ Chamber blog with more on this content-rich event.


One final item: as you begin your week, I encourage you to read this column by AMC Chairman Steve Macias. Steve’s knowledge, warmth, and character come through in this personal column, which highlights his earliest connections to manufacturing and why he remains optimistic about the future of manufacturing in Arizona and around the country.


Here at the AMC we are thankful to be engaged in the important work of making Arizona a place where manufacturers can thrive. 


The Arizona Manufacturers Council is the leading manufacturing lobbying association at the state capitol and is the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.

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November 2015

by Steve Macias
November 24, 2015

During this week of Thanksgiving, I am first and foremost thankful for family, friends, community, health, and my mom’s sausage-based stuffing. I am also thankful for Arizona and the people who live here that are trying to make it an even better place than it already is.

I travel once a month or so, and over the last year in cities from Boston to Indianapolis to Denver to Houston to Los Angeles and places in between, there are similar sights: usually a healthy dose of retail centers, plenty of schools and schoolchildren and, sadly, shrinking industrial areas. Last month in Woodland Hills, California, as I stared through a chain link fence at a padlocked Rocketdyne plant, I felt like Iron Eyes Cody in the 1970s “Keep America Beautiful” commercial.

As our industrial base shrinks, I wonder where the children in the schools will work. Will they earn a good enough living to support the retail centers and the people who work there? Will our three teenagers never leave the house? Before that last thought causes me to seize up, the recent statewide focus on manufacturing and the benefits it provides, does give me some optimism that Arizona will be able to provide jobs and a living for our kids and future transplants.

In the last three weeks we have had events such as the Arizona Manufacturers Council awards, the Arizona Technology Council’s Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards, and the Minority Business awards where manufacturers large and small took center stage. Winners included companies who produce missiles, pacemakers, body armor, cars, beer, computer chips and construction products among others. The diversity and ability of these companies keep me optimistic that our industry will continue to provide good jobs and opportunities to those willing to work hard.

As a Phoenix native, I have vivid memories of my dad coming home from his part-time JC Penney job at 9:30 at night, eating dinner and then getting ready to leave again at 11:15 PM with his lunch pail in hand for his graveyard shift at the Reynolds Aluminum plant on Van Buren. Our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners were usually served about 1:00 in the afternoon so Dad would have time to eat and then work the holiday swing shift, which meant double-time pay and some extra money on the table.

Halfway across the country, my father-in-law was walking and driving the streets of Chicagoland with blueprints, maps, interest-rate tables, and a briefcase full of notes and charts looking to finance and build his projects. Among the ventures were many that included small and medium manufacturing plants, places where people like my dad would eventually find meaningful and gainful employment.

These are the types of results and the type of system the Arizona Manufacturers Council is striving to help create as we look at our 2016 legislative agenda: an atmosphere where more job creators can create jobs and more working class folks are able to secure good jobs and get ahead. So as our elected leaders – both local and national – move forward into 2016, let us put our focus on guiding the economy toward the things that will encourage industry, create jobs, and teach that hard work has its rewards.

By doing so we can avoid the shadow of that shuttered Rocketdyne plant in California, and stay in the sunshine that is Arizona.

 Steve Macias is the president of Pivot Manufacturing and the chairman of the Arizona Manufacturers Council

AMC Press Release

Manufacturing Month continues with tour of Local Motors. Cutting edge custom vehicle-maker just part of several tours in month that culminates with Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon on October 30th

Phoenix – Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) members and business leaders on Friday had the great privilege of touring Local Motors’ two Valley facilities for an up-close look as some truly leading edge manufacturing.

Headquartered in Chandler, Local Motors is leveraging innovative technology to revolutionize specialty car-making. From co-creation techniques to open-source design, 3D-printing, and the emergence of worldwide microfactories, Local Motors is the embodiment of the diversity and depth of manufacturing in Arizona we celebrate all month long during Manufacturers Month.

The AMC thanks co-founder John “Jay” Rogers and his incredible team for the opportunity to see firsthand the innovative design and build-out of some truly spectacular vehicles made right here in Arizona, including the Rally Fighter, a futuristic, fully-customizable off-road vehicle that is as at home on the set of a Transformer movie as it is rambling along rugged desert trails.

Friday’s tour, and the numerous others hosted by the AMC all month long, is a lead-up to the 2015 Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon on October 30th. At the AMC’s signature event, Arizona’s manufacturing community is celebrated for its tremendous role in building the world and reshaping the future.

The 2015 Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon is set to take place at the Arizona Biltmore on October 30th from 8:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. The morning summit will feature an update from Washington with Aric Newhouse of the National Association of Manufacturers, expert panel discussions that will address manufacturing workforce needs and federal challenges, and a special announcement by Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper. The afternoon luncheon will feature a keynote address by Arizona Board of Regents President Eileen Klein.

Awards will also be presented to local manufacturers for Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Sustainability, Manufacturer of the Year (Small/Medium), and Manufacturer of the Year (Large).

The event will conclude with a highly anticipated congressional panel discussion featuring five members of Arizona’s congressional delegation discussing issues critical to the local manufacturing industry.

The line-up of monthlong Manufacturers Month tours and events is posted at

A comprehensive list of all statewide Manufacturers Month events is posted at

And guests may register for the 2015 Arizona Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon at

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The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans. Learn more at

The Arizona Manufacturers Council, an affiliate of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is the leading manufacturing lobbying association at the state capitol, and the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. For more information about the Arizona Manufacturers Council or to follow us on Twitter or Facebook, please visit

About Local Motors: Local Motors is a technology company that designs, builds, and sells vehicles. From bytes-to-bits, the Local Motors platform combines global co-creation with local micro-manufacturing to bring hardware innovations, like the world’s first 3D-printed car, to market at unprecedented speed. To learn more about and join the Local Motors community, please connect on or follow on Twitter @localmotors. Discover more at

AMC Press Release

PING Hosts Manufacturing Day Tour, Kicks Off Monthlong Manufacturers Month Events and Tours

Phoenix – On Friday, October 2, 2015, the Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) in partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and thousands of manufacturers across the country, participated in Manufacturing Day. During this annual event, companies opened their doors to students, parents, educators, business leaders, and community leaders to showcase the many career opportunities available through manufacturing.

Manufacturing Day in Arizona featured a tour of Phoenix manufacturer PING, one of the top three golf equipment brands in the U.S. and member of the AMC. PING’s impressive facility has been in the valley for 56 years, now occupying a full city block and employing nearly 800. Manufacturing Day visitors enjoyed a warm welcome from PING Chairman and CEO, John A. Solheim, followed by a start-to-finish walk of the shop floor, culminating in a visit to the Gold Putter Vault, home to more than 2,800 gold putters, each commemorating a major tournament win by a professional golfer playing PING clubs. Decades ago, founder Karsten Solheim pioneered a winning formula, and today his children and grandchildren and the tremendous team at PING continue to manufacture excellence and innovation right here in Arizona’s backyard.

Looking forward, Arizona celebrates the incredible diversity and depth of manufacturing all month long with the entire month of October designated as Manufacturers Month. This collaborative effort among the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Arizona Manufacturers Council, RevAZ–a program of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the Arizona Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), the Arizona Technology Council, the Arizona Department of Education, and the Arizona Tooling and Machining Association (ATMA), is an excellent opportunity to increase awareness and highlight Arizona’s approximately 4,000 manufacturers who are generating $24 billion in annual manufacturing output – from microchips, to space vehicles, helicopters, guided missiles, champion putters, award-winning brews, and more.

The Arizona Manufacturers Council’s line-up of Manufacturers Month tours and events is posted at

A comprehensive list of all statewide Manufacturers Month events is posted at

“Manufacturing opens doors of opportunity for everyone,” NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said. “There are so many eager young people across the country seeking rewarding and exciting careers—and manufacturing delivers that path every day. Manufacturing Day invites everyone to see and experience firsthand how we dream, build and make our future.”

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The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans.

The Arizona Manufacturers Council, an affiliate of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is the leading manufacturing lobbying association at the state capitol, and the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. For more information about the Arizona Manufacturers Council or to follow us on Twitter or Facebook, please visit

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 $2.09 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. For more information about the National Association of Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon – Oct. 30, 2015


Mark your calendar for one of our best fall events – the Arizona Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon taking place on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore.

This two-part event kicks off with a morning trade show and summit featuring industry experts and panelists discussing manufacturing issues and opportunities. The day concludes with a luncheon and panel discussion with members of Arizona’s congressional delegation.

At the luncheon, leaders from Arizona’s manufacturing community will be recognized with awards for:

  • Manufacturer of the Year (Small/Medium)
  • Manufacturer of the Year (Large)
  • Excellence in Innovation
  • Excellence in Sustainability

Manufacturer interested in hosting a trade show booth? Contact Cylee Gutting at 602.248.9172 x123 or

You won’t want to miss this year’s Arizona Manufacturing Summit & Awards Luncheon!



October 1 – October 30, 2015

Please contact Erica Wrublik at or 602-248-9172 x110 to RSVP for a tour or event listed below.


  • FRI, OCT 2 8:50-11 AM “Manufacturing Day” – Karsten Manufacturing, world-class American manufacturer of golf equipment, will host us for a PING tour that you won’t want to miss.


  • FRI, OCT 16 8:30-10 AM – Local Motors will open its doors for a microfactory tour in Chandler, followed by a 3D-printing facility tour in Tempe where the world’s first fleet of 3D-printed cars is being produced:
    • Closed-toed shoes required
    • 8:30 AM – Part I @ 1576 S. Nelson Road, Suite B, Chandler, 85226
    • 9:30 AM – Part II @ 9185 S. Farmer Ave, Suite 101, Tempe, 85284


  • TUES, OCT 20 9-10:30 AM – DIRTT (“Doing It Right This Time”), the AMC’s 2013 Excellence in Sustainability award winner, is leveraging technology to revolutionize the construction industry, and has invited us for a Green Learning Center and factory tour, and an ICE software demonstration:
    • 836 E. University Dr, Phoenix, 85034


  • FRI, OCT 23 8:30-10:30 AM – Sub-Zero will host us for a tour of the Goodyear facility in partnership with the City of Goodyear. Join us for light snacks at 8:30, followed by a brief presentation and visit to the shop floor where visitors will see the start-to-finish production of world-class refrigeration and wine preservation products.
    • Closed-toed shoes and pants required
    • 4295 N. Cotton Lane, Goodyear 85037


  • MON, OCT 26, 11:30-4 PM – The Kingman and Mohave Manufacturing Association (KAMMA) in partnership with McKee Foods will host us for a roundtable luncheon in Kingman, Arizona, followed by a tour of McKee Foods Kingman Distribution Center – Little Debbie’s gateway to the West.
    • Details TBA



  • FRI, OCT 30, 8 AM–2 PM – The Arizona Manufacturers Council hosts the Arizona Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore presented by SUMCO Phoenix Corporation. Awards will be presented for Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Sustainability, Manufacturer of the Year (Small/Medium), and Manufacturer of the Year (Large).  REGISTER HERE


  • MONTH LONG – Four Peaks Brewing Company – birthplace of the famed Pumpkin Porter – is offering tours of its 8th Street Brewery on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for the entire month of October, and Wilson Street Brewery on Fridays. REGISTER HERE.


FIND MORE MANUFACTURING EVENTS: For statewide Manufacturing Month events with partners and friends of manufacturing, please visit


Happy Manufacturers Month!


Chair Emeritus Post: Manufacturing Month

by Mark Dobbins
October 1, 2015

Having been at this for longer than some of you have been on this earth, I can’t help looking at how far we have come – and just how far away our goals keep stretching before us.  Because, you see, I’m from a home where we were told your only limit is YOU.  Work hard and you’ll make it.  I always wonder, “Make it to what?”

I have a friend who was an executive in manufacturing.  He had the determination to try to start an auto parts distribution business back east.  Now, a quarter century later, he has sold that business to an even bigger company and is a retired millionaire with homes scattered from Florida to points north.  One day, he said to me, “People are always telling me how lucky I am.”  I say, “Ya, the harder I work, the luckier I get.”  So, looking forward to next month – Manufacturing Month – I reflect on just how new our jobs in manufacturing are – and how the same truth about hard work still applies today, regardless of what path you decide to take.

In today’s world, the first thing you must have is commitment.  Then, there must be a skill – training that is valued by the market economy we live in.  Many times, people ask me how I made it to where I am, and I answer that I found something I liked early on, and that was organizing people and events to achieve an outcome.  Next, I looked at what might earn me a career and a good income doing that, and discovered that Human Resources and Industrial Relations were a good fit.  Up to that point, I had never, in my tender, young life, been inside a manufacturing plant.

I knew that for what I had chosen, I needed a four-year degree.  At the same time, a lot of my friends had also chosen their career paths, some going to training schools, others to community colleges, and some straight into the workforce from high school.  One of those friends became a lineman for the power company.  He made good money and had a successful career in a satisfying, well-paying job.  I can’t name any of the other folks who did not go on for further training.  They sort of drifted from job to job, and I lost track of them.

What I learned was, “Wow.  If I work hard and get a sell-able skill, my new wife and I can maybe start a family without starving.  We might even be able to afford a TV and not have to trade secondhand cars with my parents (yes, they drove Buicks before Buicks were cool).  That’s not to say there weren’t lots of bumps in the road, but you keep learning life lessons.

So, as we get ready to celebrate Manufacturing Month in Arizona, remember this:  There are many ways to reach our goals.  Be who you are, and focus on what you are interested in as a career.  Look at the requirements to be successful in that career.  Look at the training and pre-requisites needed.  I encourage you to look at a career in manufacturing.  Like my Daddy’s Buick, manufacturing’s not the same anymore – it’s way cooler.  And if you’re under 30, ask your parents what ‘cool’ means.  LOL

Come on in – the water’s fine.

Mark Dobbins is senior vice president and secretary of SUMCO Phoenix Corporation; chair emeritus of the Arizona Manufacturers Council; co-chairman of Arizona Manufacturing Partnership; member of the board of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers; and a past chairman of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Boeing Mediaroom: Boeing Receives Order from India for 22 Apache and 15 Chinook Helicopters

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 29, 2015 – The India Ministry of Defence has finalized its order with Boeing [NYSE: BA] for production, training and support of Apache and Chinook helicopters that will greatly enhance India’s capabilities across a range of military and humanitarian missions.

India will receive 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Both are the newest models of those aircraft.

“This is a milestone in Boeing’s expanding commitment to India,” said Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India. “This acquisition enhances the Indian Air Force’s capabilities and offers us an opportunity to further accelerate ‘Make in India.’ Large sections of the Chinook fuselage are already manufactured in India and discussions are ongoing with our Indian partners to make Apache parts.”

The Apache is the world’s leading multi-role attack helicopter. The AH-64E Apache, the most modern variant also flown by the U. S. Army, features enhanced performance, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding.

The CH-47F Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter operated by the U.S. Army and 18 other defense forces. The Chinook has proven its ability to operate in the range of conditions that typify the Indian subcontinent, including delivering heavy payloads to high altitudes.

“These new aircraft will provide world-class capabilities to meet the Indian Air Force’s missions today, tomorrow and well into the future,” said David Koopersmith, vice president and general manager, Boeing Vertical Lift division. “This agreement represents another major step forward in our long and successful relationship with India.”

India is the 14th nation to select the Apache and the 19th nation to select the Chinook.

“The Apache and Chinook represent the best of high-performing technologies that will modernize India’s defense capabilities,” said Dennis Swanson, vice president, Defense, Space & Security in India. “We look forward to delivering the newest Apache and Chinook to our customers and remain focused on delivering on its commitments to the Indian Air Force and India’s Ministry of Defence.”

A unit of The Boeing Company, Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Defense, Space & Security is a $31 billion business with 53,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

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Ashmita Sethi
Corporate Communications
Boeing India
Office: +91-11-4656 6035

Amrita Dhindsa
International Communications – India
Defense, Space & Security
+91 96546 06067

Tom Marinucci
Vertical Lift Communications
Boeing Military Aircraft

Carole Thompson
Vertical Lift Communications
Boeing Military Aircraft

AMC: Cutting Edge Newsletter


September 28, 2015 – Our Accelerate Arizona team is on the road between August and November meeting with business leaders, community members, and elected officials to talk about local transportation needs. We are traveling the state from Flagstaff to Nogales to build a broad coalition of champions for a stronger statewide transportation system that meets Arizona’s growth and economic development needs.


While not always the most glamorous issue, infrastructure is critically important to facilitating healthy commerce in our state. Arizona’s manufacturers know firsthand the importance of sustaining a strong transportation system. It helps us move our goods, our people, and ultimately our economy.


Infrastructure needs are complex and vary by region, which is why we are spanning the state to hear what challenges exist in both rural and urban areas. The big question of course is how to identify the resources necessary to provide the long-term infrastructure network needed to grow Arizona’s economy.


Check out what we’ve learned so far on the roadshow by visiting our blog here. We conclude our Accelerate Arizona roadshow in November with a stop in Yuma. Stay tuned for more!


The Arizona Manufacturers Council is the leading manufacturing lobbying association at the state capitol and is the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.

The Wall Street Journal: GE to Shift Jobs to Canada In Ex-Im Bank Protest

Posted 09/28/2015

The Hill: Week ahead: EPA set to release ozone rule

Posted 09/28/2015

Reuters: US hosts meeting next week in bid to wrap up Pacific trade pact

Posted 09/24/2015

AP: Boeing to hold grand opening for research, technology center 

Posted 09/24/2015


LAST DAY! Nominate a manufacturer today for recognition at the Oct. 30th Arizona Manufacturing Summit and Awards Lunch:


The Wall Street Journal: GE to Shift Jobs to Canada In Ex-Im Bank Protest

September 28, 2015 – General Electric Co. said Monday that it would cease manufacturing gas engines in Waukesha, Wis., and move 350 jobs to a new factory in Canada to use that country’s export financing regime to pursue new business.

The announcement is the latest from GE after Congress failed in July to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, the export financing entity in the U.S.

GE says that financing from an export credit agency such as Ex-Im is required for some $11 billion of projects for which it is preparing bids, including power turbines, generation equipment and aircraft engines.

Earlier in September, GE executives announced plans to create 500 jobs in the company’s power and water business in France, Hungary and China, saying the moves would enable GE to secure export financing from those countries in exchange for creating jobs. The company also said it would create as many as 1,000 jobs in its oil-and-gas unit in the U.K., also in exchange for export financing.

Export financing deals, such as those GE has secured in the past from the Ex-Im Bank, are required as part of a formal bid on many significant projects that GE competes for, company officials say.

GE will cease manufacturing gas engines at its factory in Waukesha, Wis. President Barack Obama toured the facility in 2014.
GE will cease manufacturing gas engines at its factory in Waukesha, Wis. President Barack Obama toured the facility in 2014. PHOTO: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

“You have to make a choice,” said John Rice, a GE vice chairman who directs the company’s global operations. “Either bid and make it in a country that has an export credit agency, or you’re not going to bid.”

GE’s exit from Waukesha means the departure of a namesake product: the company’s Waukesha line of engines used for compression and mechanical drivers, as well as for generating power. Several hundred GE jobs will remain in Wisconsin, including in engineering and design, Mr. Rice said, but the manufacturing positions will move to a new $265 million factory planned to open in 20 months in Canada.

The new facility will allow for future expansion and be designed to handle manufacturing requirements of GE’s other industrial businesses.

GE said it already has about 6,500 workers in Canada and has used Canada’s export financing entity to support past sales.

Opponents of Ex-Im say GE and other major manufacturers are throwing their weight around to add pressure for the bank’s reauthorization, and suggest announcements such as GE’s could have been made regardless of Ex-Im’s status. GE, for instance, is expanding in France with the acquisition of the power business of Alstom SA. The company says its recently announced job-creation plan in France is unrelated to the 1,000 jobs it promised as part of the Alstom deal.

But GE says the Ex-Im fight is one of necessity because export financing is a condition to qualify for bidding on many projects, and other countries are willing to supply financing in exchange for GE shifting manufacturing work to their shores.

“This notion that it’s a choice is just the craziest idea,” Mr. Rice said Monday.

Mr. Rice, in an interview, said GE wasn’t sure if the interval before the planned departure of House Speaker John Boehner could offer a chance to Ex-Im supporters to push through a reauthorization of the bank. Mr. Boehner’s most likely successor, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, started out supporting Ex-Im but later turned to oppose its reauthorization.

Even if the bank is reauthorized later this year, Mr. Rice said, “it really won’t change any of what we’ve announced, but it will certainly help in the future.”

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Arizona Business Voice: Manufacturing Month

September 25, 2015 – There are a number of annual traditions that mark the beginning of fall.  Here in Arizona, a personal favorite is the ceremonial first pour of member Four Peaks Brewing Company’s best-selling Pumpkin Porter.

But craft beer isn’t the only thing on tap in Arizona. Four Peaks Brewing Company is just one of more than 4,000 Arizona manufacturers who together generate $24 billion in annual manufacturing output – from microchips, to space vehicles, helicopters, guided missiles, and more. That’s why the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Arizona Manufacturers Council are pleased to take part in an emerging fall tradition – Arizona’s third annual Manufacturing Month this October.

We’ve dedicated the entire month to celebrating the state’s cutting edge manufacturers – teams of makers, innovators, and job-creators who are literally building our world and reshaping the future. We’ve lined up tours with a few of them, and you’re invited to join us on the shop floor:

  • PING tour, 10/2/2015 8:50 AM – Sign up here
  • Local Motors tour, TBA – Sign up here
  • KAMMA round table, 10/26 12:00 PM – Sign up here
  • McKee Foods tour, 10/26 2:00 PM – Sign up here
  • Four Peaks tours, throughout the month – Find a tour here
  • SubZero tour, TBA – Sign up here

Also, be sure to join us for our Manufacturing Month capstone event, the Arizona Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon, presented by SUMCO Phoenix Corporation on October 30th at the Arizona Biltmore.  This two-part event kicks off with a morning tradeshow and summit featuring panel discussions with industry experts, and concludes with a well-attended luncheon featuring members of Arizona’s congressional delegation, and awards presented to leaders in Arizona’s manufacturing community for:

  • Outstanding Small/Medium Manufacturer
  • Excellence in Innovation
  • Excellence in Sustainability
  • Manufacturer of the Year

If you know of a manufacturer who is due for some recognition, please nominate the manufacturer today. Self nominations are also encouraged:

Please remember to tweet for Manufacturing Month using hashtag #MFGAZ. Follow us at @azmanufacturing or by clicking here.

And if you’d like to host a tour of your manufacturing operation in October, sign up by clicking here.

Until next month…


Glenn Hamer