Manufacturing News

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:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MOY2015

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…

Best,

Glenn Hamer

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STATE & FEDERAL NEWS FOR ARIZONA’S MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MOY2015. 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 cgutting@azchamber.com.

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
Posted 09/15/2015

Arizona Daily Star: The regulations will stifle job creation, hammer industries
Posted 09/13/2015

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STATE & FEDERAL NEWS FOR ARIZONA’S MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY

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.


 

NOMINATE A MANUFACTURER TODAY!

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:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MOY2015

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 cgutting@azchamber.com


 

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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Arizona Manufacturers Council Reloaded

by Steve Macias
September 8, 2015

As football season is upon us, it is often said that schools like Alabama and Oregon don’t rebuild, they just reload, and so it is with the Arizona Manufacturing Council (except without the chrome helmets).

As we plan forward for the 2016 legislative session, there are many issues to address for manufacturing and our economy and the AMC is poised and ready to help the state move forward and stay on track with our economic recovery.

Governor Doug Ducey has been a whirling dervish of engagement and promotion since he hit the ground running in January and his activity on a state, regional, national, and international level is already starting to pay dividends as companies take notice that Arizona is open for business.  The Governor’s ability to put together a coalition in pursuit of a goal is a valued skill that will serve the state well in our quest for quality jobs and economic development, and the AMC is ready to help.

But looming large is the funding issue of Career and Technical Education (CTE) as well as the Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs).   The recent economic downturn resulted in some tough funding decisions throughout the state budget, but the cutbacks in these programs will cause a time bomb of unprepared workers moving into the economy at the exact period when it is imperative to have those skills and those workers available.  If Arizona is to expand the technical and manufacturing sector, young people coming from the JTEDs and with CTE training will be critical for that expansion.

However, counter to that expansion and what appears to be the new trend, federal agencies such as the EPA and the NLRB continue to throw sand into the gears of economic expansion, and that is another front the AMC looks to address.  It is now to the point that I tell my youngest son not to splash water out of the bath for fear the EPA will determine my house a critical waterway.  Our three boys have already burned us by declaring my wife and I “Joint Employers” and demanding more steak, less school, and higher allowances, so we can already imagine the effect the NLRB rulings will have.

Fortunately the key to addressing these national issues is being able to work with our elected federal representatives, and from our most recently elected congressmen and women to our senior senator; they are taking the reins on problems ranging from Veterans Affairs to protecting the A-10 and the defense assets of our state.  Though their social and ideological stances may vary significantly, our current group has shown a willingness and eagerness to work together on matters affecting and benefitting Arizona that I have not seen in my years of experience, and it is hugely appreciated.

Wrapping this all together is a renewed focus and spirit within the AMC itself.  Mark Dobbins (SUMCO USA), our newly elected Chairman Emeritus, will be at the forefront of many issues, the JTED and CTE ones being chief amongst them.  Our spiritual lead and figurative cup of coffee is Dawn Grove with Karsten Manufacturing, maker of PING golf clubs. Dawn brings a passion and excitement for manufacturing that we look forward to unleashing on the general population, so get ready for some fun.

Now let’s all go out and build something, literally or otherwise, we’ll take all the help we can get!

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

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Arizona Manufacturers Council Reloaded

by Steve Macias
September 8, 2015

As football season is upon us, it is often said that schools like Alabama and Oregon don’t rebuild, they just reload, and so it is with the Arizona Manufacturing Council (except without the chrome helmets).

As we plan forward for the 2016 legislative session, there are many issues to address for manufacturing and our economy and the AMC is poised and ready to help the state move forward and stay on track with our economic recovery.

Governor Doug Ducey has been a whirling dervish of engagement and promotion since he hit the ground running in January and his activity on a state, regional, national, and international level is already starting to pay dividends as companies take notice that Arizona is open for business.  The Governor’s ability to put together a coalition in pursuit of a goal is a valued skill that will serve the state well in our quest for quality jobs and economic development, and the AMC is ready to help.

But looming large is the funding issue of Career and Technical Education (CTE) as well as the Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs).   The recent economic downturn resulted in some tough funding decisions throughout the state budget, but the cutbacks in these programs will cause a time bomb of unprepared workers moving into the economy at the exact period when it is imperative to have those skills and those workers available.  If Arizona is to expand the technical and manufacturing sector, young people coming from the JTEDs and with CTE training will be critical for that expansion.

However, counter to that expansion and what appears to be the new trend, federal agencies such as the EPA and the NLRB continue to throw sand into the gears of economic expansion, and that is another front the AMC looks to address.  It is now to the point that I tell my youngest son not to splash water out of the bath for fear the EPA will determine my house a critical waterway.  Our three boys have already burned us by declaring my wife and I “Joint Employers” and demanding more steak, less school, and higher allowances, so we can already imagine the effect the NLRB rulings will have.

Fortunately the key to addressing these national issues is being able to work with our elected federal representatives, and from our most recently elected congressmen and women to our senior senator; they are taking the reins on problems ranging from Veterans Affairs to protecting the A-10 and the defense assets of our state.  Though their social and ideological stances may vary significantly, our current group has shown a willingness and eagerness to work together on matters affecting and benefitting Arizona that I have not seen in my years of experience, and it is hugely appreciated.

Wrapping this all together is a renewed focus and spirit within the AMC itself.  Mark Dobbins (SUMCO USA), our newly elected Chairman Emeritus, will be at the forefront of many issues, the JTED and CTE ones being chief amongst them.  Our spiritual lead and figurative cup of coffee is Dawn Grove with Karsten Manufacturing, maker of PING golf clubs. Dawn brings a passion and excitement for manufacturing that we look forward to unleashing on the general population, so get ready for some fun.

Now let’s all go out and build something, literally or otherwise, we’ll take all the help we can get!

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

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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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Special Announcement, Call to Action

by Mark Dobbins
September 1, 2015

I’m baaack!  It is with great excitement that I’ve accepted Chairman Steve Macias’s invitation and the AMC Board’s approval to return to a leadership role as Chair Emeritus of the AMC.  It has always been a fact of life that state policy is an issue of life or death for manufacturers, and now we have the federal government seemingly doing all in its power to de-throne the U.S. as the world’s innovation and manufacturing leader, too.  Believe me, there are so many, big issues facing the manufacturing sector that there’s plenty of work to go around!

Now, I can’t resist something personal .  Today, my wife and I are taking a day off to babysit our wonderful, 2-year-old granddaughter.  As I write, I wonder, “Will we leave her the same opportunity as an American, as an Arizonan, to be all she can be as an adult?”

So let me ask you:  Are we are the right track?  Are we doing all we can do to train our kids for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs?  Have we created a business-healthy environment, based on a skilled, career-trained workforce?  If the golden goose has the answer to these questions, I encourage all of you to get involved more heavily in the basics and help find the answers.  As it stands now, we are firmly on a path to destroying the goose.

If there has ever been a critical time for us to be involved in the solutions, it’s now.  It’s time to bring together the things that so many across this great state have initiated as good and successful:  practices and policies that prepare our workforce to be ready for employment, whether it’s for the 30% of manufacturing posts that require a four-year degree or the 70% that are bolstered by post-high school training.

So, we have a job to do, and we need you to help us do it.  Come join the effort for our future.

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

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STATE & FEDERAL NEWS FOR ARIZONA’S MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY

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.

MORE INFO AND NOMINATION INFORMATION TO COME


AZ Governor Newsroom: Governor Doug Ducey Announces New Partnership For Uber, University of Arizona
Posted 08/25/2015

Uber Newsroom: Driving Innovation In Arizona
Posted 08/25/2015

New York Times: Obama’s Quiet Vacation Will Yield to a Noisy September
Posted 08/23/2015

Investor’s Business Daily: Obama Policies Have Hurt Factory Jobs Comeback
Posted 08/21/2015

Watchdog.org: EPA, Obama administration going full speed ahead on environmental regulations
Posted 08/25/2015


We welcome feedback from our members about the type of news and information you would like to see. Please contact Erica Wrublik at ewrublik@azchamber.com to share any editorial suggestions.

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STATE & FEDERAL NEWS FOR ARIZONA’S MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY

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.


USA Today: EPA proposes huge methane limits for oil, gas industry
Posted 08/19/15

Washington Examiner: Industry braces for EPA regulatory ‘tidal wave’
Posted 08/19/15

Yakima Herald-Republic: This bears repeating: Reauthorize Ex-Im Bank
Posted 08/20/15


The Arizona Republic: Why career-education cuts hurt Arizona
Posted 08/21/15


We welcome feedback from our members about the type of news and information you would like to see. Please contact Erica Wrublik at ewrublik@azchamber.com or 602-248-9172 x110 to share any editorial suggestions.

 

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

Additional information is available at www.uschamber.com/ex-im

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.

TELL CONGRESS TO RENEW EX-IM

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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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The Hill: Business lobby asks for action on tax breaks

A string of powerful business advocates is pushing lawmakers to act quickly on the dozens of tax breaks that expired at the end of 2014.

Five lobby groups in all called on tax writers in both the House and the Senate to restore the “vitally important” provisions, and said that failing to act would be nothing more than a tax increase that hurts the economy.

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Washington Examiner: Chamber sues EPA over water rule

The world’s largest business lobby is adding its voice to the legal fight against new Environmental Protection Agency water rules, which it says will add complexity and expense to new business ventures.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sued the EPA on Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma over the agency’s recently implemented Waters of the U.S. rule, joining nearly 30 states and a growing chorus of industry groups challenging the rules as unconstitutional federal overreach.

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USA Today: Save Export-Import Bank: Our view

To someone new to the scene, it might seem as if both major parties are engaged in a war on exports.

Democrats took the offensive first, trying to kill an emerging Pan-Pacific trade agreement just as American manufacturers have become highly competitive and are looking for new markets overseas.

Now some Republicans have gotten into the act, too. They’re out to kill the Export-Import Bank of the United States, an agency that provides financing for foreign buyers of American goods. If they succeed, it will be a monumentally stupid, self-inflicted wound to the economy.

The bank’s charter expired at the end of June. It’s in a kind of limbo waiting for Washington to find some reason to renew it. The bank won’t be able to make or back any new loans, and it will soon wither and die if Congress doesn’t act.

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National Review: Don’t Let the EPA Win by Losing

The Supreme Court didn’t just issue a strong rebuke to the Obama administration’s environmental agenda last week. In ruling against the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Mercury and Air Toxics Standards” regulation — commonly known as MATS — the justices showed the danger of complying with a federal regulation before its future has been decided in court. This is an important lesson for states as the administration prepares to finalize its “Clean Power Plan” — a rule that could be significantly more costly than the one before the Court last week.

The court’s ruling in Michigan v. EPA came over three years after the EPA first proposed the MATS rule. The regulation, which went into effect in April of this year, sought to cut by 75 percent the amount of mercury, arsenic, and other emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants. As of January 2015, it had already turned out the lights on nearly 61,000 megawatts — enough to power 15.5 million homes — of coal-powered electricity generation.

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Top universities, major laboratories continue to partner with Local Motors to develop new technologies for 3D-printed cars

Phoenix, Arizona (July 7, 2015) – Local Motors today announces the winner of its Project Redacted challenge, a design competition which will serve as the inspiration for the world’s first fleet of 3D-printed cars. The winning design of Project Redacted is Reload Redacted – Swim/Sport by Kevin Lo. In addition to its revolutionary design, the entry showcases many benefits of Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), including the ability to create a completely customizable vehicle. What’s more, its design boasts a flexible foundation that can support many different styles and technology options.

Local Motors is the first company to utilize DDM in vehicle production, with the goal of decreasing the amount of tooling while increasing speed to market for highway-ready vehicles. Local Motors proved the ability to build vehicles with DDM when it debuted the world’s first 3D-printed car, the Strati, in September of 2014.

“At Local Motors, we are hellbent on revolutionizing manufacturing,” said John B. Rogers, Jr., CEO and co-founder of Local Motors. “Car manufacturers have been stamping parts the same way for more than 100 years. We now have the technology to make the process and products better and faster by linking the online to the offline through DDM. This process will create better and safer products, and we are doing exactly that.”

Local Motors launched Project Redacted to challenge the co-creation community to imagine and design the next generation of 3D-printed cars. The winning entry will act as the foundation for the world’s first, and yet-to-be-named, road-ready 3D-printed vehicles. Local Motors plans to design, build and sell a Low Speed Electric Vehicle (LSEV) iteration, planned to debut in Q1 2016, as well as a fully homologated highway-ready version later that year.

The winning entry was chosen after a voting process that tapped the Local Motors community, as well as a professional judging panel, including former Tonight Show host and car enthusiast Jay Leno; SEMA Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak, and SABIC Senior Manager Geert Jan Schellekens.

“You need something that makes you go ‘what’s that?’” Leno said of the winning entry. “My top choice would be Reload Redacted – Swim/Sport because it’s sporty, fun, and you can commute in it.”

Top U.S. universities and national laboratories continue partnering with Local Motors

Local Motors today also unveils a fleet of vehicles it has coined LOCO University Vehicles. LOCO, short for Local Motors Co-Created University Vehicles, is one of the first steps in the company’s effort to change the automotive industry forever by partnering with some of the nation’s top universities and laboratories. The university partnerships will amplify 3D-printing and other technologies by co-creating with some of the best and brightest minds in the nation.

The first three universities to participate in the program are the University of Michigan (U of M), Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV).

Today U of M takes delivery of a LOCO, with its research efforts focusing on the development of autonomous (self-driving) technology. U of M plans to use the LOCO to develop a fleet of autonomous vehicles which will transport students around the University’s North Campus while also serving as the nation’s first testbed for on-demand autonomous.

“Think Uber, but with low-speed, autonomous cars,” said Ed Olson, an associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of Michigan who leads the project. “The goal of this program is for us to begin to understanding the challenges of a transportation-on-demand system built around autonomous cars.”

The UNLV LOCO will also focus on autonomous vehicle technology. The partnership with Arizona State University will conduct and gather groundbreaking research on advanced materials. The goal with all the schools is to deliver the latest technology in additive manufacturing to the Local Motors community, who will be hard at work in the coming months co-creating on and bringing Reload Redacted to roads across America.

Cutting-edge technology will define all aspects of the 3D-printed car

DDM allows for the rapid adoption of new technology in vehicles. For example, the Local Motors co-creation community has built an electric powertrain test platform to explore advanced battery technology that will go into the 3D-printed car.

The battery technology in the test platform uses the same lithium ion chemistry used in existing electric vehicles (as well as iPhones). Local Motors is already working to identify numerous cutting-edge battery options. For example, the company is exploring lithium sulfur battery technology, which creates three times the energy at half the weight of lithium ion technology.

The electric powertrain test platform also serves as a base for the development of the powertrain that will be used in the 3D-printed vehicle. Local Motors is poised to leapfrog current EV technology within the next 12 – 18 months.

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 facebook.com/localmotors or follow on Twitter @localmotors. Discover more at localmotors.com.

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Industry Week: How Will the Overtime Proposal Impact Manufacturers?

In the past couple of days, Bryance Metheny, a Birmingham, Ala., labor attorney, has heard plenty from his manufacturing clients about the Department of Labor’s new proposal on overtime pay. “They’re up in arms about it,” says Metheny, who primarily represents manufacturing employers.

Metheny says he’s been advising his clients for a while, however, that “substantial changes” were coming. “We’ve been hearing about it for over a year, the new minimum salary threshold.”

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

Additional information is available at www.uschamber.com/ex-im

The Hill : The arguments for Ex-Im no one can rebut

June 29, 2015, 11:00 am— Written by John G. Murphy

I appreciated the opportunity to testify earlier this month before the House Financial Services Committee on the value of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). While Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and some others on the committee made explicit their opposition to renewing Ex-Im’s charter, it was striking that no one was able to rebut my arguments about the indispensable role the bank plays in specific circumstances.

What is Seen and What is Unseen: The Invisible Beneficiaries of the Ex-Im Bank

Friday, June 26, 2015 – 9:00am — Written by John G. Murphy

In a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee earlier this month on the future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), a number of conservative lawmakers made reference to “What is Seen and What is Unseen,” an essay by the 19th century French political economist Frederic Bastiat. While they were attempting to draw attention to Ex-Im’s supposed unwitting victims, one of the bank’s unwitting beneficiaries made a surprise appearance as a witness.

It’s About to Get Real: How Closing Ex-Im Endangers American Jobs

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – 5:00pm — Written by Stefanie Holland

The fight over the future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) is about to get real. Ex-Im’s charter will expire on Tuesday, after which it will no longer be able to provide loans or guarantees to U.S. exporters. Meanwhile, American jobs hang in the balance.

Texas Businesses Depend on the Export-Import Bank. Why Aren’t Perry, Hensarling Listening?

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 4:45pm — Written by J.D. Harrison

It’s said that everything is bigger in Texas — and that’s certainly true of the stakes in the fight over the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). More than 1,000 companies in the Lone Star state rely on the federal export credit agency to help finance billions in international sales and support thousands of American jobs, according to Reuters. Why, then, are some of the loudest voices calling for eliminating the bank coming from those elected to represent Texas’s interests in Washington?

Chamber’s Ex-Im Message on the Hill and Beyond: ‘It’s indispensable’ for Small Businesses

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 – 4:30pm — Written by J.D. Harrison

Michael De Camp’s international customers consistently paid for orders on time, yet local banks weren’t willing to extend his company a loan against his foreign, uninsured orders. Consequently, De Camp’s small business — Eagle Labs of Rancho Cucamonga, California, which makes surgical equipment to repair cataracts and correct vision — couldn’t get the capital it needed to expand its business and create new jobs.

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

Additional information is available at www.uschamber.com/ex-im

Would You Like Some Facts to Go with those Ex-Im Myths?

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 9:00am — Written by Stefanie Holland

Without congressional action, the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) will close its doors on June 30. Against that backdrop, those campaigning against renewing the Bank’s charter have leveled a slew of misleading accusations. At times, the debate over Ex-Im sounds like a fact-free zone. Let’s dig into some of the charges.

Four Things Ex-Im Opponents Don’t Want You to Know

Monday, May 11, 2015 – 9:00am — Written by Thomas J. Donohue

If you look at the facts about America’s Export-Import Bank, there’s no compelling case against it. Perhaps that’s why opponents of renewing the Bank’s charter–which will expire on June 30 without congressional action–are going out of their way to avoid the truth. Instead, they are promoting a false and cynical narrative that threatens the 164,000 U.S. workers and $27.5 billion in exports that the Bank supports. Here are four things these opponents don’t want you to know about the Ex-Im Bank:

Here are 6 Things You Should Read Before Writing About the Export-Import Bank

Friday, May 1, 2015 – 2:15pm — Written by U.S. Chamber Staff

The Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel is usually quite good on business policy issues. It’s disappointing to read her column where she embraces a false narrative Export-Import Bank opponents are feeding opinion makers, blogs, and social media. Ex-Im isn’t a “bank to nowhere,” but a means for supporting 164,000 American workers and $27.5 billion in exports and help you understand why Congress should pass a long-term reauthorization.

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Don’t pull the rug out from under Arizona manufacturers

by Steve Macias
May 5, 2015

Manufacturing provided a bright spot in Arizona’s economy that helped carry our state through the Great Recession.  Now, 2015 looks as if it will be the year that our economy finally starts hitting on all cylinders again and economists agree that manufacturing is poised to be one of the biggest growth industries in Arizona.

But I’m concerned that if some in Washington have their way, the rug could be pulled out from under our economic recovery.

That is because many small and medium manufacturers in Arizona rely on the Export-Import Bank to help them sell their products to overseas customers. Unless Congress acts, the Ex-Im Bank is set to expire on June 30, putting countless jobs at risk.  For many businesses coming out of the Great Recession, this would be akin to Andy Dufresne finally about to dig through the last scoop of dirt to freedom out of Shawshank Prison, and discovering to his horror that Warden Norton had back-filled the escape pipe with cement.

Since 1934, when the Ex-Im Bank was founded, it has helped exporters by providing financing and insurance to American companies exporting goods and services. The Bank has and continues to play a critical role, ensuring that goods stamped “Made in America” are available across the globe.

While no government agency is perfect, Ex-Im should be held up as a model of a government program that works. Since 2007, Ex-Im has supported $291 billion in exports. Ninety percent of its transactions have benefited small and medium size businesses. Many of those businesses wouldn’t be able to access the global marketplace without Ex-Im’s support. Because Ex-Im is financed by interest payments and user fees, it doesn’t cost taxpayers a dime. In fact, over the past several years, Ex-Im has returned $2.7 billion to the U.S. Treasury, which has helped reduce the federal deficit.

Gilbert-based Competitive Engineering, Inc., which produces environmentally sustainable fertilizers that revitalize soils and grow healthy crops, was a company of 10 employees five years ago. Thanks to the help from Ex-Im, they have been able to compete with some of the largest agriculture companies in the world, and have expanded to over 40 employees today as they sell their products around the globe.

Phoenix’s ServerLift moved its manufacturing from China to the United States, doubling the number of U.S. employees, thanks in part to Ex-Im’s support for American-made goods.

These are just two examples of Arizona success stories, where small businesses were able to create American jobs thanks to Ex-Im’s support. These kinds of success stories are why Ex-Im has enjoyed broad, bi-partisan support. Republicans such as New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin have been among the strongest advocates for reauthorizing the Bank because they know it works. Conservative luminary Hugh Hewitt has been a forceful voice calling for the Bank’s reauthorization.

The Bank’s opponents say that Ex-Im isn’t necessary, that the private sector should fill the role of the Ex-Im Bank. But the Ex-Im is barred from competing against the private sector. Its resources can only be used after commercial financing has been proven to be unavailable.

If the Ex-Im shutters, countries around the world are ready to fill the gap to the benefit of their companies and to the detriment of U.S. companies.  European and Asian countries provide much greater export financing and in some cases direct subsidies to their companies. We don’t want to give our foreign competitors a huge advantage, resulting in businesses and jobs moving overseas.

I’m hopeful that Arizona’s delegation and the rest of Congress won’t pull the rug out from under Arizona manufacturers. We need to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.

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

 

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

Additional information is available at www.uschamber.com/ex-im

Governors, Local Officials Call on Congress to Renew Ex-Im

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – 12:45pm — Written by Stefanie Holland

With dozens of governors and other state and local officials weighing in, the debate over the future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) is coming to a head even as the expiration of its charter looms on June 30. The bipartisan coalition supporting Ex-Im is growing — from coast to coast and from city halls and state houses to Washington.

Africa, Asia Face $1 Trillion Trade Finance Gap — and the U.S. Should End Ex-Im?

Friday, April 3, 2015 – 11:00am— Written by Christopher Wenk

The WTO reports — six years after the darkest days of the financial crisis — there’s huge unmet demand for trade finance in the developing world, which today purchases over half of all U.S. exports

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April 2015

I had the privilege of attending the Arizona Chamber luncheon earlier this week to hear from Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake, and it struck me how fortunate we are in Arizona to have two such principled men representing our state and our country.

By virtue of the fact that between the two of them they have at some point ticked off every group on both sides of the political spectrum and at a different point had most of those same groups agree with them, they must be doing something right.

Sen. Flake has taken the ball from former Sen. Jon Kyl on an issue absolutely critical to Arizona – water, and the planning and management it requires – and continues to move it forward so that we can be secure in having enough water for our future. Sen. Flake is also proving to be a statesman who exhibits uncommon (these days) common courtesy and doesn’t sink to the level of petty politicking so rampant in D.C., or among my three teenage boys.

The big reveal, of course, was that Sen. McCain announced he is running for another term as the senior senator from Arizona. He will continue to give our state an outsized presence in Washington. Sen. McCain’s position as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is the perfect pulpit for a man committed to the safety and defense of our nation and who has the experience and knowledge to back it up.

On the manufacturing front, both men have proven interested and engaged in what can be done at a federal level to help businesses in Arizona on issues ranging from taxation to EPA overreach, with both deservedly earning recognition from the National Association of Manufacturers with the organization’s Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award.

The hack job that was sequestration is another area of focus for our senators as it continues to affect Arizona disproportionately based on the amount of Department of Defense work that is performed in our state, affecting manufacturers large and small up and down the supply chain.

Most telling is how the senators’ respective staffs follow up and reach out when there is an issue. Staffs generally are reflective of the examples set by the person in charge, and by that measure, our senators are setting excellent examples. There is also a renewed level of outreach to the Arizona House delegation and their staffs, which can only help when trying to aid or promote our state.

To steal a line from Sen. McCain, “Barry Goldwater called Arizona ‘113,400 square miles of heaven that God cut out.’ And he was right.” If that is indeed the case, we need people of high caliber and character representing us, and in our two senators, I believe we have them.

 Steve Macias is the president of Pivot Manufacturing 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 www.nam.org.

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 www.azchamber.com.

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

Additional information is available at www.uschamber.com/ex-im

Ex-Im in the Real World: Get the Facts Straight

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – 10:15am— Written by Christopher Wenk

The Chamber sent a letter backing a bipartisan bill to reform and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. Freedom Partners responded with an email commenting on the Chamber’s letter and pushing its campaign to “end Ex-Im.” However, this purported “fact check” runs afoul of the real world pretty quickly.

Thousands of State Leaders Continue to Voice Support for Ex-Im

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – 3:15pm  — Written by Stefanie Holland

The debate in Congress over the future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) is coming to a head as the June 30 charter expiration nears – and state leaders across the country are rallying to voice support for an extension.

1.4 Million Jobs at Risk if Ex-Im Bank Not Renewed, Warns Airplane Exec

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – 3:45pm— Written by U.S. Chamber Staff

60 other countries have institutions like the Ex-Im Bank that provide trade financing.

This Maryland Company Would Shrink by 70% Without the Ex-Im Bank

Thursday, March 12, 2015 – 9:00am — Written by Ian Wagreich

If you want to know the importance of Congress reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank, just ask Bobby Patton. The CEO of Patton Electronics Co., a communications equipment manufacturer in Gaithersburg, Maryland, says his business would be forced to shrink by 70 percent if the bank shuts down. Congress has until June 30 to act.

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

Additional information is available at www.uschamber.com/ex-im

Business Makes Its Case on the Hill: Renew Ex-Im Charter

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – 12:30pm — Written by U.S. Chamber Staff

The calls to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States are being amplified this week to Congress by nearly 1,000 small companies and suppliers who feel its impact firsthand.

Fox Business Op-Ed: Main Street Needs Ex-Im Bank

February 24, 2015 — by Thomas J. Donohue

Nearly 1,000 small business owners and workers from mid-sized manufacturers are coming to Washington this week with one goal: To urge Congress to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im).

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SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON ARIZONA DEFENSE PRIORITIES IN NDAA

Dec 12 2014

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement applauding Senate passage of the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 and those provisions within it that are of significant importance to the State of Arizona:

“I am very proud that this year’s National Defense Authorization Act recognizes Arizona’s vital contributions to America’s national security.

“Despite the Obama Administration’s attempt to retire the A-10 fleet, this year’s NDAA actually prohibits any A-10 retirements in 2015, recognizing their important close-air support mission in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria today. If elected as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee early next year, I plan to exercise rigorous oversight of the Air Force’s actions related to the A-10 in that capacity.

“Further, the NDAA has several provisions supported by Arizona’s defense industrial base, including increased funding for Tomahawk missile purchases, necessary and predictable resources for the Army’s Apache helicopter, and a prohibition on transfers of the Arizona National Guard’s Apache helicopters.

“Whether it is unmatched Arizona flying weather, world-class training facilities, strong community support for Arizona military bases, remarkable technological contributions of our defense industrial base, or the patriotic men and women of our state who volunteer to serve in uniform, Arizonans can be deeply proud of the outsized role we play in protecting and defending our nation.”

 

Arizona-Related Provisions of the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

Prohibiting Retirement of the A-10

The NDAA prohibits the U.S. Air Force from retiring or preparing to retire any A-10 airplanes for one year and fully funds the flight hours, pilot training, fuel, and operations for all A-10 pilots through 2015. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and other bases where A-10s are stationed will be resourced to keep flying the A-10s and training A-10 pilots and crews.

Increasing Domestic Copper Supply

The NDAA will help meet the strategic national interest of increasing America’s domestic production of copper, advancing a land exchange key to the Resolution Copper project which has potential to meet 25% of U.S. copper demand.

Arizona Military Test Ranges – Electronic Proving Ground

The Director of Test Resource Management Center of the Department of Defense will report to Congress on any plans to consolidate or eliminate test ranges – such as the one at Fort Huachuca – as well as report on any significant reduction in activities at any test ranges.

Tomahawk Missile Funding

The NDAA provides an additional $81.7 million in funding for 96 more Tomahawk missiles (a total of $272 million for 196 missiles), increasing funding for one of the most utilized missile systems in our Naval inventory. The Obama Administration had planned to halt purchases of Tomahawk missiles, which would have potentially created a shortfall in the inventory.

Apache Helicopters

The NDAA prohibits the transfer of any National Guard Apache helicopters to active duty Army in 2015. It also fully funds the Army’s request for 25 remanufactured Apache helicopters for the Army.

Iron Dome

The NDAA provides $175 million for our ally Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, which protects Israeli civilians against rocket attacks from the terrorist group Hamas. Engineers and other workers in Arizona will help produce the Iron Dome system, marking the first time that the Iron Dome will be co-produced in the United States and Israel.

Base Realignment and Closure

The NDAA strictly prohibits any new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round.

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To read the statement on Senator McCain’s website click here.

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New EPA Ozone Regulations Could Be Troublesome For Manufacturers

Last week the Obama administration unveiled a new environmental regulation designed to decrease ozone emissions, a smog-causing pollutant that is often linked to asthma, respiratory illness, and heart disease.

The regulations proposed by the Obama administration would lower the amount of ozone pollution from 75 parts per billion established in 2008 by the Bush administration to a smaller range of 65 to 70 parts per billion. However, this value is still less strict than some environmental groups were advocating for. In fact, many environmental groups are in favor of stricter guidelines that would lower the threshold down to 60 parts per billion.

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More high schools teach manufacturing skills

WHEELING, ILL. — Javier Tamayo looks like a journeyman machinist as he briskly turns a wrench to replace a chipped tool in a computerized cutting device at Bridgestone’s metal parts factory here.

Tamayo, 19, landed the $12-an-hour job last year after graduating from Wheeling High School’s manufacturing program and is on his way to a career that pays upwards of $80,000 a year.

Wheeling has been turning out hire-ready manufacturing workers like Tamayo for six years. It’s one of a growing number of U.S. high schools that have launched or revived manufacturing programs in recent years to guide students toward good-paying jobs and help fill a critical shortage of skilled machinists, welders and maintenance technicians.

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Arizona Manufacturers Council opposes Proposition 480

PHOENIX – The Arizona Manufacturers Council today announced its opposition to Proposition 480, a ballot measure in Maricopa County that seeks to sell over $935 million in bonds to fund facility needs for the Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS).

“Manufacturers understand and appreciate the positive role MIHS plays in our community’s healthcare landscape,” AMC Chairman Steve Macias said. “But our economy is still on the road to recovery. Now is not the time for a large tax increase on property owners.”

Macias says that manufacturers would be happy to work with MIHS to craft a bond package that is more reflective of the county’s healthcare needs.

“MIHS provides some critical health services to Maricopa County, but this bond package is too broad in its approach,” Macias said. “Should this proposition fail, we would be happy to sit down with MIHS and craft a new measure that makes more sense for business and taxpayers that the manufacturing community could support.”

About the AMC

The Arizona Manufacturers Council’s mission is to promote and enhance a positive business climate for manufacturing and related industries that operate within Arizona. More about the AMC can be found at its website, https://azmanufacturerscouncil.com/

Contact: Amilyn Pierce at 602-708-8980

 

 

 

 

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Overcoming the Manufacturing Skills Gap

The NAM’s Task Force on Competitiveness & the Workforce took on a yearlong effort to improve workforce preparedness and capabilities. Made up of 17 NAM Board members representing large and small manufacturers, the task force’s approach was unique and in true manufacturing form with an eye on results, creativity and hands-on involvement. These manufacturing executives met with governors, educators, members of Congress and their staffs, think tanks, economic development experts and countless others to share experiences and best practices. The task force created the toolkit and guide you see below to help manufacturing leaders collaborate in their local communities to determine the key competencies needed for new hires to succeed in today’s advanced manufacturing operations, develop a plan for local workforce training providers to deliver the needed training and grow a pipeline to ensure a supply of future skilled talent.

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