The NAM offers exclusive business services to our members that help them save money, grow their bottom line and stay ahead of the trends in modern manufacturing. We also provide access to a variety of programs, including important events, useful conversations and vital trainings. And we offer individualized support that makes our members more influential, more successful and better prepared for the future.
NAM members have access to all these services—and more.
NAM Operational Excellence at a Glance
|What We Do: Keep our members at the forefront of the manufacturing industry and in control of shaping their destiny.
|How We Do It: The NAM is innovating constantly, developing new ideas and unique approaches that can’t be found anywhere else. In every area of business operations, we offer the tools, support and counsel that make businesses smarter, more productive and more effective than ever before.
|Why It Matters: At a time when small and large businesses across the United States may be unsure about what the future holds, the NAM offers numerous tools and opportunities to build successful operations and strengthen the bottom line.
Learning and Innovating Together
The NAM knows it is critical for manufacturing leaders to continue to learn from each other and innovate together, which is why we strive to provide valuable networking opportunities with the brightest minds in manufacturing.
Executive Insights Series
Our Executive Insights Series is an exclusive forum for off-the-record conversations with CEOs of some of the world’s top manufacturing companies. These events bring together leading minds in our industry, providing access and a focus on the future for manufacturers.
In Pittsburgh, Charles Wetherington, NAM Small and Medium Manufacturers Group chair and president of BTE Technologies, LLC; Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, Inc.; and Michael McGarry, chairman and CEO of PPG Industries, headline the Executive Insights Series forum.
David Farr, chairman and CEO of Emerson; Mary Andringa, chairman of the board at Vermeer Corporation; and Karl Glassman, chairman and CEO of Leggett & Platt, Inc., lead the Executive Insights Series discussion with manufacturers in St. Louis, Missouri.
NAM Board of Directors Meetings
At the NAM’s semiannual board meetings, NAM board members gather to chart the course for the association. Our board meetings provide an opportunity to build relationships among manufacturing leaders and with some of the powerful voices in politics and policy.
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the spring NAM board meeting.
Michael Lamach, NAM Board chair and chairman and CEO of Trane Technologies plc, at the NAM board meeting in September 2019 in Washington, D.C.
James Fitterling, NAM Board vice chair and chairman and CEO of Dow, Inc., joins U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for a discussion on the USMCA and critical trade issues at the NAM board meeting in September 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Small and Medium Manufacturers Group Chair Charles Wetherington, president of BTE Technologies, LLC, addresses the group at the NAM spring board meeting.
Marillyn Hewson, chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, with NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons at the NAM board meeting in September 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) at the NAM board meeting in September 2019 in Washington, D.C.
We value our EIS and board meeting sponsors and welcome the opportunity to host new sponsors at these events with manufacturing’s top decision-makers.
Manufacturing Executive Leadership Program
The Manufacturing Executive Leadership Program is the NAM’s signature leadership training program for C-level manufacturing executives.
As part of the three-part program, MELP highlights the importance of engaging with Washington—to help executives advance their business priorities by focusing on developing the essential strategic leadership skills needed to communicate successfully with policymakers.
Through MELP, executives also have the opportunity to use these new tools—by participating directly in coalition building and grassroots activism, and through communicating manufacturers’ agenda—to help effect change at every level of government.
NAM Health Care
Providing cost-effective health care plans is a priority for manufacturers but can also be a significant burden—and that’s why, for the first time, the NAM began offering an association health plan with UnitedHealthcare. Available to NAM members and members of affiliated associations with 2–99 employees, this plan enables small manufacturing companies across the country to purchase affordable health care at rates previously only available to large corporations.
NAM Health Care was developed with Mercer and UnitedHealthcare to meet manufacturers’ unique health care needs. It allows small manufacturers to be priced under large group rates in states that allow association health plans, saving many of these smaller enterprises between 5–15% on health insurance costs—a benefit that other groups and associations don’t provide.
This groundbreaking plan will help manufacturers attract and retain employees, improve competitiveness and lower the cost of health care.
States where available
Affiliated associations—and counting!
NAM Energy Program Powered by APPI Energy
Manufacturers consume one-third of all energy in the United States, which presents a significant opportunity to reduce operating costs. Created in partnership with experts at APPI Energy, the NAM Energy Program draws on the expertise of APPI’s knowledgeable, unbiased team to help manufacturers secure the best energy supplier contracts possible, conduct holistic energy assessments to reduce energy costs and improve overall sustainability. Because this service is included with NAM membership, it is available at no additional cost.
NAM Incentives Locator Powered by Atlas Insight
The new NAM Incentives Locator, powered by Atlas Insight, helps our members navigate the complex world of incentives and site selection to improve their bottom line. We assist members with reducing operating costs, managing compliance, accessing cost-competitive data and claiming their share of the more than $80 billion in incentives U.S. government agencies award every year to attract, grow and retain business investment.
NAM EHS Navigator Powered by Dakota Software
The Manufacturers’ Compliance Institute introduced EHS Navigator, powered by Dakota Software, to help members navigate complicated environmental, health and safety rules. Combining the expertise of regulatory professionals with powerful applicability analysis tools to identify relevant regulations, clarify the requirements and help manufacturers avoid costly fines and penalties, some members have called this service “Turbo Tax for EHS professionals.”
NAM Shipping Discounts
Logistics is a key component of any manufacturing operation. The NAM has a dedicated shipping point of contact to assist our members with a variety of endorsed shipping solutions, covering small parcel, less-than-truckload, truckload and air-freight shipments. NAM members can utilize this resource to enroll in the NAM shipping discount programs, verify current rates, run quotes, book shipments, get details on alternative financing for importers—and save on shipping with exclusive discounts on UPS and YRC Freight.
As the official marketplace of the NAM and leading state manufacturing association partners, the Manufacturers Marketplace is the most advanced buyer/seller digital network in America. Within seconds, users can find companies perfectly suited to fill their needs or have their business discovered in unique, specific ways by potential business partners.
With hundreds of thousands of leading manufacturers in America listed in the marketplace, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector across all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the Manufacturers Marketplace can pair our members up with the right manufacturing partner in the U.S. quickly and effortlessly.
Disaster Resiliency and Recovery
Manufacturers have long led the charge in supporting communities affected by natural disasters. In 2019, the NAM launched a new partnership with trusted national nonprofits SBP and Good360 to share disaster resiliency and recovery best practices and to provide opportunities for impactful giving.
The NAM is proud to be a part of this first-of-its-kind partnership, to stand with manufacturers facing challenges and to offer the kind of concrete support our members need and deserve.
SBP is a national disaster resilience and recovery organization that provides resources and training opportunities to help businesses and individuals prepare for disasters, navigate recovery processes, avoid costly mistakes and make informed decisions should a disaster occur.
Good360 is a global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving that works with companies to get badly needed donated supplies to nonprofits working in all phases of disaster recovery at the right time.
Leading Edge is an exclusive thought leadership program that convenes executives from companies of all sizes along with business luminaries to focus on emerging business issues and trends that are impacting manufacturing today. Through this program, the NAM provides the latest perspectives on mission-critical topics that are crucial to our members’ policy goals.
Manufacturing Leadership Council
The NAM’s Manufacturing Leadership Council is a global business leadership network dedicated to preparing manufacturers for the opportunities and challenges posed by digitization, automation and technical advancement.
Through membership in the MLC, senior manufacturing executives and emerging leaders come together to define and shape the future—not only for their own companies but also for the industry at large. The MLC has been recognized as a leader in manufacturing innovation, as well as the business and technology issues that will drive growth today and in the future.
Across the country, manufacturing professionals from the operations, plant management, supply chain and information technology fields turn to the MLC for real-world knowledge about how to help their companies thrive in an era of constant change. The MLC provides first-in-class programs, such as in-depth factory tours, an annual three-day conference, webinars, a bimonthly journal, case studies and exclusive survey research on key subject matters, including advanced analytics and artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance, augmented/virtual reality, collaborative robotics, additive manufacturing, leadership, digital readiness, sustainability, cybersecurity and organizational models.
Hundreds of our member companies, and more than a thousand of their operational leaders, recognize the value this service delivers to manufacturers. It demonstrates the NAM’s commitment to the leadership that prepares manufacturers to succeed today and tomorrow.
For more information on how to add an MLC membership to your existing NAM membership, visit MLCouncil.com.