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The Cutting Edge – October 2019

The Cutting Edge

State lawmakers tour manufacturing companies

On Oct. 22-23, Arizona state legislators and industry leaders visited major manufacturers across the state during the inaugural Arizona Manufacturers Council’s Made In Arizona tour.

Gov. Ducey kicked off the two-day event at Sub-Zero with remarks about Arizona’s thriving economy and the recent influx of manufacturers in the state.

Sub-Zero was the first manufacturer on the 303 corridor and its Goodyear facility produces 60% of the company’s total products. It was also the first Foreign-Trade Zone established in the West Valley.

After Sub-Zero, the group visited PepsiCo‘s Gatorade facility in Tolleson where they were able to see how the drink is made, packaged and distributed.

The group learned about PepsiCo’s water-use efficiency standards and the company’s goal to replenish 100 percent of the water consumed for manufacturing in drought-prone areas by 2025. The Tolleson facility also has the largest Rooftop-Mounted Solar Thermal system in North America.

Next, the group toured The Boeing Company‘s Mesa facility. Boeing has been in Arizona for 37 years and employees more than 4,300 people. It also partners with 316 suppliers and vendors that contribute more than $1.4 billion in economic output annually.

Next was Benchmark‘s Phoenix facility. Benchmark moved its corporate headquarters to Tempe in 2017 to work closer with the state’s universities, recruit young talent and join the state’s impressive manufacturing industry. The company currently employs 330 people in Arizona.

On day two, Made In Arizona was in Tucson to Raytheon and Pima Community College Aviation Technology Center.

At Raytheon, participants got to tour the factory and seeing first hand how the defense contractor company makes military and commercial electronics. They also plan to hire an additional 1,000 employees at the Tucson facility. Raytheon employs more than 13,000 Arizonans and contributes an annual impact of $2.6 billion.

Pima Community College Aviation Technology Center was recently awarded a $15 million appropriation from the State of Arizona and Gov. Doug Ducey to expand the technology center, which has an economic impact of $225 million over five years.

College officials, including PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert, showed participants the plans for the future of the Aviation Technology Center and also taught them about the education process of learning the skills needed to manufacture aviation parts.

The tour also included a reception where attendees were offered award winning Arizona wine courtesy of Triadvocates, LLC.

Made in Arizona was sponsored by Raytheon, Triadvocates, LLC, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Westmarc, Pivot Manufacturing, Tucson Electric Power, the Arizona Commerce Authority, the University of Arizona, Boeing, Pima Community College, Sun Corridor, Inc., and Arizona Public Service.

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Arizona Manufacturers Council honors industry leaders with Manufacturer of the Year awards

Earlier this month, the Arizona Manufacturers Council held its 2019 Arizona Manufacturers Summit, where the organization honored standout leaders in the manufacturing industry.

The event had keynote speakers including AMC Chairwoman Dawn Grove, Nikola President Mark Russell and Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Senior Vice President and Chief Banking Officer Stephen Renna.

The event concluded with a presentation of the Manufacturers of the Year awards, which were:

  • Advocate of the Year: David Garafano, Executive Director of the Arizona MEP
  • Legislator of the Year: Rep. Joanne Osborne (LD-13) and Rep. Jeff Weninger (LD-17)
  • Excellence in Innovation: InsulTech, LLC
  • Excellence in Sustainability: SenesTech Inc. 
  • Small Manufacturer of the Year: Interface Inc. 
  • Medium Manufacturer of the Year: Cassavant Machining Inc. 
  • Large Manufacturer of the Year: Benchmark Electronics

Read more on Chamber Business News.


Upcoming Events

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AMC Environmental Issues Breakfast

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 | 7 am to 8 am

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Legislative Forecast Luncheon

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Message from the Chair

October is Manufacturing Month, and Arizona’s manufacturing industry is flourishing in this season. The state is currently seeing its strongest manufacturing job growth in 30 years. In fact, from 2014 to 2018, Arizona’s manufacturing employment increased 9 percent, more than double the national average of 4 percent.

This month the Arizona Manufacturers Council celebrated the robust industry with multiple events including the annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards and inaugural Made in Arizona bus tour. At our Manufacturer of the Year awards event, we celebrated Arizona manufacturers InsulTech, SenesTech, Interface, Cassavant Machining and Benchmark Electronics for their display of innovative products and processes, workforce development leadership, environmental sustainability and/or all-around manufacturing excellence. We also honored AMC Legislators of the Year Representative Joanne Osborne and Representative Jeff Weninger, who both supported key legislation to help Arizona manufacturers become more globally competitive. On Oct. 22, the AMC kicked off its inaugural Made in Arizona bus tour that gave industry leaders and state lawmakers an insiders’ look through some of the great manufacturers that are helping Arizona become known as the best place globally to innovate, test and quickly large-scale produce technologically advanced products. 

As some of you may have seen, last week I spoke about the urgency of passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in a television piece produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with assistance from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Arizona Manufacturers Council. Also, yesterday at PING, I had the privilege of moderating a panel discussion between Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and the Assistant Secretary for Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce Tom Gilman — such an exciting way to cap off an extraordinary Manufacturing Month!  

Thank you all for your continued support of our extraordinary makers in Arizona. 


AMC Chair Dawn Grove


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Emily Richardson has joined our team. She previously worked at Chamber Business News as a multimedia journalist. She will serve as the AMC’s Program Coordinator.

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The Arizona Manufacturers Council is the voice of Arizona manufacturing. We are a community of makers dedicated to creating the innovations that safeguard and improve people’s lives and to providing the jobs that anchor Arizona’s economy. We are the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers and we aim to promote and enhance a positive business climate for manufacturing and related industries that operate within Arizona. 


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Environmental Issues Breakfast

WHAT: Held at the Mission Possible Cafe in Phoenix, Arizona on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 a.m., the environmental issues breakfast draws environmental policy experts and stakeholders to discuss a variety of topics and presentations relating to environmental issues.

WHEN: Second Wednesday of each month, 7:15 a.m.

WHERE: Mission Possible Cafe, 1516 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85007



  • Single breakfast: $20 member | $30 nonmember
  • Eco-Friendly: $500 (single breakfast sponsorship)
  • Good Steward: $1,500 (annual sponsorship)
  • Presenting: $3,000 (annual sponsorship and opportunity to present)

Contact Andrea Corrales at for sponsorship information.

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Honoring Arizona manufacturers

On October 3rd, the Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) hosted the 2019 Arizona Manufacturing Summit, which featured keynote speakers in the industry and concluded with an awards ceremony honoring standout leaders in manufacturing.

In her opening remarks, AMC Chair Dawn Grove highlighted the many manufacturing firms making waves in the state and recognized others for their creation of thousands of jobs, including Intel, Raytheon, Nikola and more…


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Ratifying the USMCA Is Critical for Arizona—and America

By: Linda Dempsey, Vice President, International Economic Affairs, National Association of Manufacturers

Business owners know that market access is central to their success. A quick look at the math shows why: The United States makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, so the ability to access the other 95 percent of the world is critical to allowing businesses to achieve their full potential. And when it comes to manufacturers in America, there are no more important trading partners than Canada and Mexico.

In Arizona, cross-border trade, particularly with Mexico, is vital to support industries and communities as well as the international partnerships that bring our countries together. To provide renewed certainty and improve many aspects of the trading relationship, manufacturers are calling on Congress to ratify the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement as soon as possible. The stakes are high. Canada and Mexico alone purchase more from the United States than our next 11 trading partners combined. And trade with those two countries supports 12 million jobs, including more than 2 million manufacturing jobs and more than 40,000 small and medium-sized businesses.

The National Association of Manufacturers recently released state fact sheets highlighting the importance of North American trade to manufacturing. Put simply, the industry relies on sound trade policies with Canada and Mexico—and our country relies on the success of the industry. One in five Arizona manufacturing firms export to Canada and Mexico, and nearly three-quarters of those are small and medium-sized businesses. Taking a step further back illustrates the larger picture: Canada and Mexico alone purchase more than two-fifths of Arizona’s total global manufacturing exports. Without a free trade agreement, Arizona’s manufacturing exports could face more than $2 billion in tariffs, raising the prices on the state’s exports and reducing the region’s international competitiveness.

The business implications are clear, but what cannot be overlooked is how much workers and communities rely on sound international trade policy. More than 19,000 Arizona manufacturing jobs depend on exports to Canada and Mexico. This includes jobs across industries—everything from electrical equipment and components, to metal products and motor vehicle parts, to communications equipment and chemicals, and more. These are well-paying jobs, too. Manufacturing jobs in Arizona pay, on average, $82,321 a year in wages and benefits compared to $43,759 for workers across all private nonfarm industries. Workers and businesses are calling on Congress to do what is right for their jobs and the economy by ratifying the USMCA.

It has been 25 years since NAFTA was enacted. Since that time, manufacturing output has more than doubled, and exports to Canada and Mexico have tripled. Meanwhile, as our economy has shifted considerably, NAFTA has been stagnant. The USMCA will improve NAFTA in areas where it hasn’t kept up, strengthening and modernizing rules to rev up America’s innovation engine, expanding access to Canada and Mexico and leveling the playing field for manufacturers in the United States.

Notably, the USMCA includes new best-in-class rules to strengthen protection and enforcement of the full range of intellectual property rights important to manufacturers and their workers in the United States, from patents, trade secrets and trademarks to copyright and regulatory data protection that are critical to all Arizona and U.S. innovative manufacturing industries. It will add a new best-in-class digital trade chapter that prohibits unnecessary barriers on the movement of information and data, the forced localization of information technology infrastructure or the forced disclosure of source codes that are important to small manufacturers using the internet as their global storefront and to all manufacturers relying on or creating new technologies. And it contains new chapters on good regulatory practices and technical barriers to trade as well as sanitary and phytosanitary measures that will set new standards for trade agreements around the world.

Arizonans deserve the opportunity for stability in their jobs, success in their business and a strong national economy. By ratifying the USMCA, Congress can do their part toward achieving those critical ends for businesses across the state and across the country.

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National Association of Manufacturers visits Arizona, hosts lineup of manufacturing and policy leaders

Allison Gilbreath

Spirits were high last week as manufacturing executives gathered in Scottsdale for the National Association of Manufacturers Spring Board of Directors meeting. The largest manufacturing association in the United States, NAM represents small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. The Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) is the official state affiliate of NAM.

The guest list included a star-studded collection of world leaders, celebrity speakers and top executives from iconic American manufacturing companies like PING, Ball Corp., Anheuser-Busch and others.

Vice President Mike Pence, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, SBA Administrator and WWE co-founder Linda McMahon, and economist and author of “Trumponomics,” Stephen Moore, were among the featured speakers.


Consistent themes throughout the event emerged around the positive economic effects of NAM-driven policies like federal tax cuts and regulatory reform. The need for certainty on trade – particularly the need to develop an innovative, enforceable agreement with China and a strong sense of urgency around the passage of the USMCA – also remained at the forefront. The AMC and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry remain committed to leading advocacy efforts at the state level.

“Manufacturing in the United States is on the rise, and manufacturers are confident about the future,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons at the three-day event at the Phoenician. Timmons is widely regarded as one of the most influential leaders in Washington today.

During the first quarter of 2019, an average of 91 percent of manufacturers reported an optimistic outlook about their own company and the economy according to the NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey released March 5th. There were 12,834,000 manufacturing workers in February, with almost 1.4 million employees added since the end of the Great Recession – the most workers in the sector since December 2008.

While momentum is building, manufacturers expressed common concerns around trade, infrastructure deficiencies and workforce shortages.


During his remarks, Vice President Pence urged manufacturers to “send a strong message to members of Congress in all 50 states that it’s time to approve the USMCA, and we must see it approved by Congress this year. “

Arizona’s international trade relationships remain vital to our state’s economy, especially with our strongest trading partners, Mexico and Canada. In 2017, Arizona exported $7.5 billion in goods to Mexico and $2.2 billion in goods to Canada. Trade with Mexico and Canada supported over 236,000 jobs in Arizona during the same year.

The AMC and the Arizona Chamber are working full tilt with the Arizona delegation to create a sense of urgency around the passage of the USMCA. The deadline for the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to release an assessment on the agreement and its economic impact is expected in April of this

year and Congress will begin consideration of the agreement following the release of the ITC’s assessment.

“Ratification of the USMCA is the single most important issue facing Arizona. More than 236,000 Arizona jobs depend on our trade relationship with Mexico and Canada,” Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer said.


On the workforce side, the tightest labor market on record is welcome news to employees and jobseekers. However, a red-hot job market often spells challenges for employers.

Recent studies show nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will be created in the next decade. But 2.4 million of those jobs could go unfilled. The inability to attract and retain employees remained the top concern for the fifth consecutive quarter in the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey. One in four respondents indicated that worker shortages had forced them to turn down new business opportunities.

Dawn Grove, Chairwoman of the AMC and Chairwoman of the Workforce Arizona Council added, “Manufacturers are growing so rapidly, they are necessarily reaching out to new populations — hiring returning citizens, those with disabilities and many who have been out of the workforce for years. Modern manufacturers are implementing advanced technologies, automation and robotics to improve quality, bolster safety and better compete globally, such that American manufacturing workers are becoming better skilled, more productive and receiving higher wages than ever before.”

In Arizona, efforts are underway to create a pipeline of manufacturing workers through the power of Career and Technical Education. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are being developed that give students the hands-on skills needed to enter and succeed in the workforce.

The AMC and the Arizona Chamber strongly support Governor Ducey’s fiscal year 2020 budget plan which includes a $10 million investment to expand CTE offerings across Arizona. Through a grant program, high schools with CTE programs will receive up to $1,000 for each student who graduates with a certification in specific industries.

During a special edition of Ham(m)er Time filmed at PING in Phoenix, Hamer and Timmons sat down to discuss current workforce challenges and how technological advancements will continue to fuel demand for skilled workers.

The two-week, eight-state tour concluded in Phoenix last week, with additional stops at Intel in Chandler and Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe.

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NAM recognizes 115th Congress Manufacturing Legislative Excellence honorees

Each year, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recognizes U.S. legislators for their commitment to the manufacturing community. The Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award is given to those lawmakers who score above 70 percent on NAM Key Manufacturing Votes.

This year, Arizona congresswoman and current U.S. Senate candidate, Martha McSally, was recognized with the award, scoring a 96 percent.

Arizona is proud to have champions of manufacturing advocating for sound, advantageous policies at the federal level.

Other Arizona lawmakers receiving the recognition include Senator Jeff Flake and Representatives Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs and David Schweikert.

Find the full list of U.S. Senate awardees here, and the full list of U.S. House awardees here.

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Arizona Manufacturer of the Year Awards: 2018 Winners

Each year, the Arizona Manufacturers Council recognizes creators and innovators of all sizes and industries. This year’s award recipients represent the very best of the Arizona manufacturing community, and exemplify how manufacturing betters its communities and betters the state.

Congratulations to the 2018 Manufacturers of the Year!

Outstanding Large Manufacturer of the Year: The Boeing Company

Outstanding Medium Manufacturer of the Year: TYR Tactical

Outstanding Small Manufacturer of the Year: Novembal

Excellence in Innovation: Moldworx

Excellence in Sustainability: Intel

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The Cutting Edge – April 2018

Group of young professionals visits PING, learns about manufacturing, trade and the workforce in Arizona

The Arizona Industry Fellows, a group of young professionals and future business and civic leaders, spent a day on-site at PING. The group heard from the Chair of the AMC and Workforce Arizona Council, and Corporate Counsel for Karsten Manufacturing Corp./PING, Dawn Grove about the unique environment for manufacturers in Arizona, the crucial role that the AMC plays in advocating for policies that benefit existing manufacturers and that help attract new manufacturers to the state, the challenges that exist with the workforce and ways to address those challenges.

The group took a tour behind the scenes of PING’s Phoenix operation, and was joined by special guest, Congresswoman Martha McSally. The fellows saw first-hand the amount of hand work that takes place in PING’s facility, many of them in awe of the amount of human power and attention to detail at play on the manufacturing floor. PING employees welcomed the group and Congresswoman McSally, and spoke enthusiastically of the company’s custom-engineered, custom-fit and custom-built premium golf equipment and their culture that values and treats employees like family.

The group got a look inside PING’s gold putter vault, where they store golden casts of all the tournament-winning PING putters.

The fellows’ program for the rest of the day included discussions with some of the industry’s most well-known experts on topics including trade relationships and border efficiency, Arizona’s mining industry, career and technical education and workforce training at the community college level and navigating Arizona’s policy landscape as a small manufacturer and business owner.

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In the News

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U.S.News: Adaptability to Volatile Industries Key to Rocky Mountain Economic Success

State and local government officials across the country were sent scrambling back in 2013 when Boeing announced plans to significantly expand operations outside of its Puget Sound birthplace in Washington – potentially opening up new communities to the promise of high-paying jobs, larger tax revenues and more substantial economic development.

So valuable was Boeing’s business to the state of Washington that a nearly $9 billion package of tax incentives was eventually passed by state lawmakers hopeful that they could convince the company to stick around and keep its business in the Evergreen State. That bid failed, however, and Boeing eventually announced plans to beef up operations in states such as California, South Carolina and, notably, Utah – a Rocky Mountain state known in part for its advanced manufacturing output in which Boeing for years had maintained a presence.

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Manufacturing Global: Attracting investors: tech in the manufacturing sector

Sweeping changes in technology are disrupting nearly all sectors of the global market. In the home, the shop floor, the factory and the hospital, and even our daily commute, technology is leading to huge changes in commercial business models. Why should manufacturing be any different?

This is the new industrial revolution — Industry 4.0 — and as with any rapid change, new opportunities have arisen and new ways of thinking have emerged. However, there are also new hurdles to overcome for businesses large and small.

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Bloomberg: Nafta or Not, Quebec Is Putting Millions Into Manufacturing

The future of Canada’s trade relationship with the U.S. is in limbo but that didn’t stop Robert Belanger from investing C$3.6 million ($2.8 million) to upgrade his Quebec fabrics plant.

New weaving machines and a state-of-the-art dying system are helping his company, Belt-Tech Inc., produce enough of the webbing used in seat belts and pull straps to meet a 30 percent surge in orders from the North American auto industry. Part of the financing came from Quebec’s government, which is pushing manufacturers to modernize their factories despite uncertainties surrounding renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Around the State:

Arizona continues to be a haven for business and manufacturing

Phoenix Business Journal: Commercial Real Estate: West Valley scoring with cheaper land, access back to California

The timing is finally right for the West Valley and economic growth — at least from California businesses’ perspective.

Patrick Feeney Jr., senior vice president with CBRE’s Phoenix office, said Southern California businesses have reached the point where gathering products in California ports, shipping them to Phoenix for warehousing and then shipping them back to California for consumers has become a more affordable option than just keeping the products in the Golden State.

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Phoenix Business Journal: California manufacturer moving production, jobs to Goodyear after $4M investment

IAC Industries is moving its manufacturing operations to Goodyear from Southern California.

Brea-based IAC makes furniture, work stations and fixtures for laboratories, industrial and other workplaces.

IAC bought a 50,000-square-foot building at 3831 S. Bullard Ave. near Phoenix Goodyear Airport for $3 million from a real estate trust.

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AZ Big Media: Arizona becomes additive manufacturing (3-D printing) leader

Polymer-based 3-D printing has been all the rage, well-known for faster prototyping or novelty items that can be made on the spot, but the world of 3-D printing is about to get a lot more metal.

Many Arizona-based companies, particularly firms in the aerospace and defense industry, have been working night and day to bring metal 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, parts to market while also gearing up to create a workforce of the future.

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Manufacturing Global: University of Arizona is developing holographic heads up display for vehicles

The University of Arizona has been developing heads-up display technology to be used in road vehicles and planes.

The technology allows for drivers and pilots to receive and read information, such as driving directions or flight data, whilst still looking through the transparent glass of the front window.

Researchers at the university are currently working on incorporating holographics to the technology, which will allow the user a wider view.

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The Arizona Manufacturers Council is the voice of Arizona manufacturing. We are a community of makers dedicated to creating the innovations that safeguard and improve people’s lives and to providing the jobs that anchor Arizona’s economy. We are the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers and we aim to promote and enhance a positive business climate for manufacturing and related industries that operate within Arizona.

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Arizona Manufacturers Council welcomes Allison Gilbreath as new executive director

Allison Gilbreath

Gilbreath will serve as Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice president of strategic initiatives in new role

PHOENIX (March 16, 2018) The Arizona Manufacturers Council has named Allison Gilbreath as its new executive director. Gilbreath will also serve as the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s vice president of strategic initiatives.
The Arizona Manufacturers Council is the official Arizona affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers and works to promote a positive business climate for manufacturing and related industries in the state. In addition to advocating for pro-manufacturing public policy, the AMC also produces the annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards and Summit, and the annual Environmental and Sustainability Summit.
“Allison’s breadth of experience and understanding of the issues that are important to job creators in the manufacturing sector will serve the Arizona Manufacturers Council incredibly well,” AMC Chair Dawn Grove said. “I am encouraged to have Allison on board and am confident that she will amplify the voice of our manufacturers, helping them compete in the global economy and create more high-paying jobs in Arizona.”
Gilbreath joins the Chamber from the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, where she was vice president of business development and where she worked with companies across multiple industries looking to establish a presence in Greater Phoenix. Prior to GPEC, she spent nearly 10 years at the Arizona Commerce Authority, most recently serving as vice president of business attraction.
In addition to overseeing manufacturing issues, Gilbreath will work on legislative issues and initiatives relating to the Chamber’s technology and infrastructure priorities.
“We are thrilled to welcome Allison to the Chamber,” Arizona Chamber President and CEO Glenn Hamer said. “She knows what it takes to create jobs, and she has earned an outstanding reputation among business leaders and government officials across the state. I know she is going to do great things for the Arizona Manufacturers Council and the Chamber and will be an effective voice at the state Capitol, before state agencies, and regulatory bodies.”
In her career, Gilbreath has been involved in the attraction of tens of thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in new capital investment to Arizona.
“I’m excited to get started,” Gilbreath said. “Arizona’s manufacturers represent some of the most innovative and creative leaders in the state’s business community. I am looking forward to advancing the AMC agenda and taking a leadership role advocating for tech and transportation infrastructure priorities.”
Gilbreath is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. She resides in Phoenix with her husband, Matt, and their two dogs, Stella and Tucker.
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The mission of the Arizona Manufacturers Council is to promote and enhance a positive business climate for manufacturing and related industries that operate within Arizona.
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.
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The Cutting Edge – February 2018


The end of January saw the sixth round of negotiations for the modernizations of NAFTA. The hope going into this round of talks, the longest yet, was that the players would finally tackle some of the more contentious issues that are far from resolved. Canada promised to enter the talks with new ideas for creative solutions while Mexico showed signs that it may be willing to compromise on some of its most important issues, such as automotive regulations within the deal.

This sixth round of negotiations still fell short of reaching any landmark decisions or compromises. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said to reporters in Montreal, “[W]e finally began to discuss some of the core issues. So this round was a step forward, but we are progressing very slowly.” Members of all three delegations seemed to walk away with the same cautious optimism about the trajectory of future negotiations, all recognizing that there is progress in the right direction but that some of the biggest obstacles remain.

NAFTA Roundup

U.S. Turns Up the Hear in Pivotal New Phase of Nafta Talks

Trade Experts Expect to See a ‘Zombie’ NAFTA

Business Groups in US, Canada, Mexico Fear Breakup of Manufacturing Supply Chain without NAFTA

U.S. rejects proposals to unblock NAFTA, will seek ‘breakthrough’

Listen in to hear NAM’s Linda Dempsey defend ISDS

Tax Reform

Since the Dec. 22nd signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, numerous American manufacturers have announced plans to share the benefits of tax reform with employees and reinvest additional savings into expansion and updated infrastructure. The manufacturing industry makes up a significant percentage of the myriad of companies participating in tax savings bonuses, wage increases, extended benefits, raised retirement contributions and increased capital expenditures. An estimated 3.5 million Americans will receive or have already received a tax reform bonus, primarily due to the lowered corporate rate and full expensing on short-lived capital investments introduced under the new legislation. The list of manufacturers and businesses taking advantage of this burgeoning investment opportunity is continually growing. These are just a few notable examples:

  • Pivot Manufacturing, here in Arizona is now able to purchase machines and equipment that were put off for many years.
  • Nationally, Fiat Chrysler, announced that it will in
  • vest $1 billion in the United States, adding 2,500 new jobs to produce Ram trucks in Michigan.
  • Likewise, Apple is investing $30 billion in new capital expenditures and hiring 20,000 new employees for a new support center.
  • Boeing announced that it will invest $100 million in infrastructure alone. Boeing employs over 140,000 people worldwide, of which there are over 3,700 employees in Arizona.

Tax Roundup

U.S. economy to grow 2.7 percent in 2018, boosted by Trump tax overhaul

Tax reform windfall: These companies are hiking pay, delivering bonuses

Pfizer Plans $5 Billion Boost in U.S. Manufacturing From Tax Law Changes

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IndustryWeek: Has US Manufacturing Been Unleashed?

“This legislation represents historic progress for manufacturers and for all Americans,” Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, said in response to passage of the tax reform bill, which lowered the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. With the new bill, Timmons promised, manufacturers will “increase capital spending, expand their businesses and hire more workers…” — and “nearly half will increase employee wages and benefits.”

Tax reform is just one of a series of policy changes the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress are seeking that business groups have lobbied for in recent years. The president has already started to push back against regulations.

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Rutgers University: Faster, Cheaper, Nano-Based Manufacturing

Engineers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Oregon State University are developing a new method of processing nanomaterials that could lead to faster and cheaper manufacturing of flexible thin film devices — from touch screens to window coatings, according to a new study.

The “intense pulsed light sintering” method uses high-energy light over an area nearly 7,000 times larger than a laser to fuse nanomaterials in seconds. Nanomaterials are materials characterized by their tiny size, measured in nanometers. A nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter, or about 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.

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WATCH: Why NAM CEO Timmons is Optimistic About Manufacturing Jobs

WATCH: Fluor CEO Says ‘Regulatory Morass’ Is Impacting Infrastructure

Around the State:

AZCentral: Nikola Motor Co. to bring 2,000 jobs, $1 billion investment to Arizona

A maker of zero-emissions commercial trucks said it will establish its manufacturing operations and move its headquarters to metro Phoenix, bringing 2,000 jobs here.
Nikola Motor Co. announced it will establish operations in Buckeye, jump-starting the development of the Douglas Ranch section on the north side of the city. Gov. Doug Ducey called it a “huge announcement” that will include a $1-billion capital investment, with 4,000 construction jobs, too.

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Phoenix Business Journal: New life for a shuttered Surprise manufacturing plant

A California company has bought a shuttered manufacturing building in Surprise and will expand its operations there.
The 51,000-square-foot building at Peoria Avenue and Litchfield Road in Surprise previously was home to plastics manufacturer Brentwood Industries.

The property was bought by Z&E Holdings Group LLC an arm Global Trading Marketing Inc. for $4.5 million.

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AZCentral: Company wants to turn Fountain Hills into watchmaking capital of the United States

Move over, Switzerland: Fountain Hills appears ready to become a new hub for watch manufacturing.
Large-scale watchmaking has all but died out in the United States, but that could start to change with a new venture involving high-school students and adult workers in the East Valley, a small local company and one of India’s giant conglomerates.

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The Arizona Manufacturers Council is the voice of Arizona manufacturing. We are a community of makers dedicated to creating the innovations that safeguard and improve people’s lives and to providing the jobs that anchor Arizona’s economy. We are the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers and we aim to promote and enhance a positive business climate for manufacturing and related industries that operate within Arizona.

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The Cutting Edge – November 2017

Former speaker optimistic about getting to ‘yes’ on tax reform

During an event hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Former Speaker John Boehner addressed tax reform and trade, two pivotal issues for Arizona manufacturers. Mr. Boehner expressed confidence in both a successful tax reform package as well as a revised NAFTA agreement.

On tax reform, Mr. Boehner said the odds of it getting through are “frankly better than 50-50,” reiterating that Republicans know this is a must-do.

As for NAFTA, Mr. Boehner admitted that the nearly 25 year old agreement needs some updating, and that the public may see what looks like a completely new document. Regardless of whether or not the document gets a new name, Mr. Boehner is sure that the trilateral agreement will endure despite any rhetoric to the contrary.

The article below offers more details on the event and words from Mr. Boehner. AZCentral:

John Boehner dishes on Trump, tax cuts and GOP ‘knuckleheads’

Manufacturers stand strong on tax reform

Federal tax reform efforts continue in Washington and U.S. manufacturers have much at stake in the final policy. Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, commended the House for its passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” stating that the House has shown its commitment to American manufacturing workers.

NAM now looks to the Senate to move forward with the bold tax plan it has laid out. NAM summarizes their continued engagement in the article below, including the five main objectives they will continue working to realize on behalf of manufacturers:

  • A corporate rate as close to 15 percent as possible.
  • Lower rates for income from small businesses and other “pass-through” entities.
  • A “territorial” tax system that doesn’t touch U.S. companies’ foreign earnings.
  • Preservation and enhancement of the research and development tax credit.
  • Incentives for the purchase of capital equipment.

THE HILL: A running start for NAM chief

Manufacturers make clear what they need out of NAFTA

With the future of NAFTA still unclear after four rounds of negotiations, manufacturers have spoken out about the gravity of preserving the trilateral relationship and modernizing the agreement. The National Association of Manufacturers stresses the importance of enforcing certain policies identified in NAFTA in the article below.

Among the NAM’s top priorities are a functional investor-state dispute settlement system and a structure that encourages American manufacturers to invest at home and abroad.

NAM: Why America and American Manufacturers Need a Pro-Investment and Pro-ISDS Enforcement Strategy

In the News

Around the Nation:

Fox Business: Tax reform is the ‘single most important thing’ to grow economy, jobs: Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg

President Donald Trump’s pro-business agenda has been welcome news for U.S. manufacturing icons like Boeing. The airplane manufacturing giant inked a $13.8 billion deal with Singapore Airlines recently that would create 70,000 jobs in the United States.

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U.S. News: Trump Announces Semiconductor Company’s Return to US

WASHINGTON — A $100 billion semiconductor company based in Singapore will legally relocate its home address to the United States, President Donald Trump announced Thursday. Broadcom Limited, which manufactures communications chips around the world, said it would relocate its legal address to Delaware once shareholders approve the move, bringing $20 billion in annual revenue back to the U.S. The move will allow Broadcom to avoid a cumbersome federal review process.

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The Wall Street Journal: Forecasters Predict Nafta Withdrawal Would Slow U.S. Growth

The probability of a U.S. withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement is roughly 1 in 4, according to private-sector forecasters, who said such a move would likely weigh on economic growth. President Donald Trump has indicated he may pull the U.S. out of NAFTAif efforts to renegotiate it fail. The talks are set to resume Nov. 17 in Mexico City.

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Around the State:

12 News: ASU students are using robots to solve problems from health to public safety

MESA, ARIZ. – Arizona State’s Polytechnic Campus in Mesa is where students and professors are exploring the potential of robotics to help meet an array of challenges in the realms of health care, education, transportation, manufacturing, national defense, public safety, environmental health, communications, sustainable energy systems and earth and space exploration.

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Daily Miner: Manufacturing Day: KAMMA tours give students a look at factory work

KINGMAN – Developing an educated and skilled workforce is a challenge for every rural community in Arizona, a tricky balance of providing high school graduates with specialized training and enticing them to stick around for meaningful employment.

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The Arizona Manufacturers Council is the voice of Arizona manufacturing. We are a community of makers dedicated to creating the innovations that safeguard and improve people’s lives and to providing the jobs that anchor Arizona’s economy. We are the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers and we aim to promote and enhance a positive business climate for manufacturing and related industries that operate within Arizona.

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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.

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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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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

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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

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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

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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:


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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

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September 18, 2015 – It may not feel like it, but fall in Arizona is right around the corner. 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 tradeshow 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:

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

Past MOY recipients have included Boeing (2011), Suntron Corporation (2012), Celgene (2013), and Medtronic (2014). Nominations are open now for these awards by following this link: This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize and congratulate peers in the manufacturing industry for their continued excellence. Nominate someone today!

Event registration details will be available in the coming days. Sponsorship opportunities are also available by contacting Cylee Gutting at 602.248.9172 x123 or

You won’t want to miss this year’s Arizona Manufacturing Summit & Awards Luncheon, so mark your calendar today!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Arizona Biltmore

2400 East Missouri Avenue Phoenix AZ 85016

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


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.


GE Newsroom: GE to Move Production and Jobs for Turbines and Generators to Europe; Secures Financing from COFACE and Others
Posted 09/15/2015

Reuters: Boeing loses second potential satellite deal over Ex-Im lapse
Posted 09/15/2015

The Hill: Obama: Biz leaders should press GOP on Ex-Im
Posted 09/17/2015

USA Today: No hike: Fed keeps benchmark rate near zero
Posted 09/18/2015

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Moving the goal line on ozone standards
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September 13, 2015 – If you were able to attend this month’s environmental issues breakfast with Attorney General Mark Brnovich you heard him discuss the positive ruling in the “Waters of the U.S. case. Just recently a North Dakota court granted a preliminary injunction to block implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Thirteen states filed for the injunction, including Arizona, on the basis that the rule asserts federal jurisdiction over broad swaths of land that should remain under state control. Ruling in our favor, the court concluded EPA had developed an “exceptionally expansive” view of its domain under the Clean Water Act, and that the rule “allows EPA regulation of waters that do not bear any effect on the ‘chemical, physical, and biological integrity’ of any navigable-in-fact water.”

This decision is a positive step in pushing back on the rampant overreach of the EPA. With so many similar issues currently in play, it’s refreshing to get positive news on the federal front in regards to rulemaking out of Washington. More to come on this issue and we thank Attorney General Brnovich for keeping this a priority.

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.



Calling all Arizona manufacturers: You have until September 28th to submit your nominations for the 2015 Manufacturer of the Year awards. The Arizona Manufacturers Council is accepting nominations for Outstanding Small/Medium Manufacturer, Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Sustainability, and Manufacturer of the Year. Self nominations strongly encouraged.

Click HERE or follow the link below to submit your nomination(s) today:

Winners will be recognized in a professionally produced video featuring their company at the 2015 Arizona Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon on October 30, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore.

For event registration information, please contact Cylee Gutting at


Washington Post: North Dakota district court blocks controversial ‘Waters of the United States’ rule Posted 08/28/2015

Reuters: U.S. court places hold on federal water protection rule Posted 08/27/2015

The Hill: States: Obama water rule should be blocked nationwide Posted 09/02/2015

Pittsburgh Business Times: Groups say new EPA ozone rules would cost 100K jobs Posted 09/02/2015

The Hill: White House reviews EPA’s ozone pollution rule Posted 08/31/2015

Dayton Business Journal: Guest Column: Mid-game change in EPA Ozone Rule a setback for Dayton manufacturers Posted 08/31/2015

The Hill: Enraging industry, labor board asserts its power under Obama Posted 08/29/2015

Reuters:Unions set sights on e-commerce and manufacturing firms after NLRB ruling Posted 08/28/2015

Wall Street Journal: NLRB’s Joint Employer Attack Posted 08/28/2015

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U.S. Chamber Sharply Criticizes Proposed Changes to Overtime Regulations

Friday, September 4, 2015 – 3:00pm

Will Cause Employees to Lose Flexibility and Other Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today submitted comments blasting the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed changes to the regulations defining who qualifies for overtime.

“While DOL thinks that expanding the number of employees eligible for overtime will result in more income, it will likely lead to millions of employees being converted from salaried professionals to hourly wage earners. As a result, they will lose the flexibility and professional status they have earned and that have defined their jobs,” said Randy Johnson, the Chamber’s senior vice president for Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits.

The proposed changes increase the salary threshold by 113%, to $50,440 larger than any previous increase. Employees paid less than this amount automatically qualify for overtime. Only individuals earning over this amount are subject to a duties test that creates “white collar” exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, or computer duties. DOL also proposed to increase this threshold annually, another very troubling provision.

“Putting this salary threshold on autopilot will deny employers the opportunity to comment on new levels, contrary to the intent of Congress, prior administrations’ practices, regulatory rulemaking requirements, and the president’s own Open Government Initiative,” added Johnson. “In addition, doing so will ensure that future increases will go into effect during economic downturns–a guaranteed disaster for employers down the road.”

“These proposed changes will force millions of employees back into the antiquated world of punching a clock–a far cry from the president’s direction to DOL to ‘modernize’ these regulations. The real modern workplace allows for many jobs to be done from various remote locations through technological advances, which promotes flexibility and professional opportunities,” Johnson continued. “This administration keeps talking about promoting workplace flexibility, and yet this proposed regulation will seriously undermine the opportunity for millions of employees to enjoy that very flexibility.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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August 31, 2015 – Did you see last week’s announcement about the research partnership between Uber and the University of Arizona? The just launched partnership will focus on research and development related to mapping and safety features.

In addition, Tucson and the University of Arizona will serve as home to Uber mapping test vehicles. That’s technical speak for driverless cars! Governor Ducey was on hand in Tucson on Tuesday for the announcement and to sign an executive order supporting the testing and operation of self-driving vehicles in Arizona.

Clearly there are exciting things going on in our state related to high tech manufacturing, innovation, and research. Here’s what Uber had to say:

“It’s clear that Arizona is pro-technology and welcomes innovation, and that’s why today, Uber is proud to announce that we are investing further in the technology ecosystem here.”

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

SAVE THE DATE! A crown jewel of the AMC, the Arizona Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon is set to take place October 30th, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore.


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Posted 08/23/2015

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August 25, 2015 – Two weeks ago the Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) hosted perhaps its best environmental and sustainability summit to date. Special thanks to Haley & Aldrich and Snell & Wilmer who were this year’s presenting sponsors.

The event opened with a look at the “state of sustainability.” It turns out 90 percent of businesses nationwide are said to be implementing sustainability practices and finding them valuable. The summit continued with a series of content-rich panels featuring high quality, engaging speakers who delivered meaningful takeaways for all participants.

First up, a terrific discussion on the Clean Power Plan and Ozone Rule. Panelists brought startling statistics to light about the Ozone Rule in particular. As much as $4 billion gross state product loss is expected through 2040 with a $5 billion compliance cost. That’s a hefty price to pay for very few environmental gains in return.

On a more positive note, newly appointed Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Misael Cabrera energized the room with a presentation about “elegant design for environmental good,” while Mitch Klein and Patrick Cunningham led an enlightening panel on ethics.

We were also fortunate to have Kirk Adams, chief of staff to Governor Ducey, as our luncheon keynote speaker. He delivered a terrific address, highlighting the status of water resources in California and Arizona. He emphasized that Arizona is positioned far better than California due to decades of good stewardship and responsible water management. His comments tied nicely into our Water Sustainability and Sustainable Water Practices panels, which closed out the day with leading experts on best practices, complexities of the west, as well as industry-specific information. In particular, SRP discussed marked water storage growth and Intel highlighted their “treat, reuse, save” strategy.

Summit attendees also received an overview of the Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP) as well as its levels of recognition and program elements. Rather than functioning as a license, VESP effectively serves as an environmental “good housekeeping” seal of approval.

If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s Summit, please consider joining us next year! Our 2015 event was outstanding and plans are already underway to make 2016 even better.

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

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U.S. Chamber: Commentary, Op-eds, and Blogs on the Export-Import Bank of the United States in July 2015

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House Skips Town, Spurns Small Businesses by Prolonging Ex-Im’s Death

Friday, July 31, 2015 — Written by J.D. Harrison

The House of Representatives headed for home this week without renewing the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). In doing so, they left many small business owners without the support they need to export their products around the world.


Emoji Explains: The Export-Import Bank

Monday, July 27, 2015 – 10:30am — Written by J.D. Harrison

Congress recently decided to let the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s (Ex-Im) charter expire, effectively shuttering an agency that has for the better part of the past century helped American companies sell their goods and services to customers overseas. Here, with the help of Emojis, is why lawmakers should rethink that decision and renew Ex-Im.


American Firetruck Manufacturer Burned by Congress’ Ex-Im Failure

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – 11:30am — Written by J.D. Harrison

For more than a century, Peter Darley’s company has built products to support the men and women who run into burning buildings to put out fires and save lives. In the process, Illinois-based W.S. Darley and Company has created hundreds upon hundreds of jobs for hardworking Americans. Sadly, some of those jobs are about to go up in flames.


Congress’ Ex-Im Mistake, in One Chart

Thursday, July 16, 2015 – 9:00am — Written by J.D. Harrison

In some cases, there’s good reason to stand alone, to stray from the crowd, to zig when the rest of the world is zagging. In some instances, it could be considered courageous, even brilliant. In other cases, it’s downright foolish.


Congressmen Twist Facts and Necks at Ex-Im Press Conference

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – 3:00pm — Written by J.D. Harrison

If you tuned into the online stream of Sen. Ted Cruz’s Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) press conference on Wednesday morning, you may have come away with quite a kink in the neck. In what quickly became the subject of jeers from viewers online, Cruz’s team didn’t manage to set up the camera correctly, resulting in an awkwardly sideways stream of the presser.


Here are the Jobs Congress Just Put in Jeopardy by Nixing the Ex-Im Bank

July 1, 2015 — Written by J.D. Harrison

Our representatives in Washington sat idly by this month and watched the Export-Import Bank’s charter expire for the first time in 80 years, not even allowing for a vote to save an agency the helps thousands of American firms sell their products around the world.


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LA Times: Bipartisan support grows for corporate tax change tied to Highway Trust Fund

Hopes for a broad overhaul of the corporate tax system are fading as the 2016 elections draw closer, but momentum is building for one key change — the U.S. tax that companies would pay on overseas profits.

A bipartisan proposal, to be introduced soon in Congress, would tax the estimated $2 trillion in foreign profits held by U.S. corporations in overseas accounts, but at a much lower rate than the current 35% levy.

The tax would generate tens of billions of dollars for the federal Highway Trust Fund, which will run out of money at the end of the month. Lawmakers have been in a desperate scramble to replenish the fund, which helps pay for new roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure.

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