The pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is a critical piece of the U.S. economy, creating well-paying, valuable STEM jobs and contributing large sums in value-added output. However, federal price controls could threaten these benefits, according to a new study from the NAM.
What’s going on: The analysis, “Creating Cures, Saving Lives,” was released Wednesday and analyzes the industry’s contributions to the overall economy, as well as ways in which it could be affected by federal price control policies, such as those in last year’s Inflation Reduction Act.
- In August, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it had chosen the first 10 drugs for prescription-cost negotiations required by the legislation.
- Last month, all 10 manufacturers “agreed to participate essentially because they had no choice,” according to reporting by The Hill.
- What’s more, pharmaceutical manufacturing is a major contributor to the American economy, and government regulations should help, not hinder, it.
- “Pharmaceutical manufacturers are a major contributor to the U.S. economy, employ[ing] millions of Americans and driv[ing] innovation,” said NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray. “The industry’s investments in R&D have led to lifesaving treatments and therapies that have improved the quality of life for all Americans. This study explores the negative implications of price control policies on pharmaceutical leadership, putting American jobs and innovation in the health care system at risk.”
Manufacturers spend years developing and delivering top-of-the-line vehicles for consumers. But as policymakers set new fuel standards and regulations for light vehicles, automakers are finding themselves caught in a tangled mess of policy-making that threatens manufacturers and consumers alike.
Too many regulators: A number of agencies and government bodies, along with the state of California, are each imposing their own fuel-efficiency standards and environmental regulations, forcing automakers to cope with the conflicts and contradictions.
- “Right now, we’re looking at multiple sets of standards,” said NAM Vice President of Domestic Policy Brandon Farris. “That includes the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as separate standards from California. Each has standards for vehicle emissions, and they’re not well-aligned.”
Brief timelines: In addition, all of these regulations come with their own timelines for compliance, which often don’t give manufacturers enough time to innovate, test and produce new vehicles.
- “The timelines are short,” said Farris. “One of the things we’re asking agencies to recognize is the manufacturing lead time that’s needed.”
Product mandates: In some cases, agencies are imposing mandates that will narrow the range of vehicles that automakers can produce. The EPA, for example, is calling for 67% of all new vehicles to be battery electric in 10 years, a requirement that would squeeze out other fuel-efficient models.
- “What that’s going to do is cut down on consumer choice,” said Farris. “There are conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, battery electric vehicles and others that could all reduce emissions, but the EPA has cut out all of those and selected one kind of technology.”
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Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers released a new study, “Creating Cures, Saving Lives,” which demonstrates the urgency of strengthening U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturing amid policy threats to the sector’s innovative, global leadership.
“Creating Cures, Saving Lives” analyzes the sector’s contributions to the broader economy and its commitment to R&D that drives the development of lifesaving treatments, such as advancements in therapeutics that fight cancer. The study further examines the ways that federal price controls on the sector, such as those contained in the Inflation Reduction Act, could jeopardize these treatments. The study comes at a critical time, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced the first tranche of treatments that will be subject to price controls.
“Pharmaceutical manufacturers are a major contributor to the U.S. economy, employ millions of Americans and drive innovation. The industry’s investments in R&D have led to lifesaving treatments and therapies that have improved the quality of life for all Americans,” said NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray. “This study explores the negative implications of price control policies on pharmaceutical leadership, putting American jobs and innovation in the health care system at risk.”
“Creating Cures, Saving Lives” includes seven key findings on the importance of the pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing industry and the implications of price controls on the sector:
- The pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is a major contributor to the U.S. economy, and its impact is growing.
- The industry accounted for $355 billion in value-added output to the U.S. economy in 2021. The direct contribution from the industry of $192 billion is up 24% from just two years ago. The pharmaceutical sector was already an economically vital sector before the pandemic, and it has become increasingly more important in its aftermath.
- The pharmaceutical manufacturing industry fuels other sectors of the economy, supporting nearly 1.5 million jobs in America.
- The industry directly employs an estimated 291,000 workers in the United States, an increase of nearly 9% in the past 24 months. One job in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry helps support 4.1 other jobs in the overall workforce.
- Industry employees are highly productive.
- Industry employees produce $1.2 million in output per employee. This is nearly six times more than the U.S. economy’s average output per employee ($208,084).
- A successful pharmaceutical ecosystem requires strong private-sector investment.
- The pharmaceutical industry invests 16.6% of its sales back into R&D. Indeed, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry invests nearly 3.5 times more in R&D as a percentage of sales than the average U.S. industry.
- The pharmaceutical manufacturing industry pays high wages and benefits to American workers.
- Annual average labor income per worker in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is more than $184,000. This figure is higher than some of the highest-paying industries in the country.
- The industry creates valuable STEM jobs.
- While roughly 6.6% of the U.S. workforce has a STEM occupation, some 25% of all jobs in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing are STEM-related. The pharmaceutical manufacturing sector employs more than four times the percentage of STEM workers employed in the overall workforce.
- Price control policies, like those in the IRA, may hurt U.S. pharmaceutical leadership.
- Price controls may deter advancements in health care by reducing investments in R&D, negatively impacting the nation’s economic prosperity.
Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers, along with 71 leading business groups representing sectors across the economy, urged White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients to help ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency maintains existing National Ambient Air Quality Standards for fine particulate matter (PM2.5).
“Manufacturers in America are committed to improving air quality and have been responsible for the development of new processes and technologies that have made our sector more sustainable,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “The Biden administration’s proposal to make these standards even more stringent is putting manufacturing investment at risk across vast swaths of the country and will jeopardize nearly 1 million jobs. If the president and his agencies want the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the CHIPS and Science Act to succeed—and want to see manufacturing in America continue to grow—they should refrain from further changes to the standard, which is already among the most aggressive in the world.”
As the letter states:
A proposed discretionary revision to this standard, which is under review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, could put nearly 40% of the U.S. population in areas of nonattainment. Doing so would risk jobs and livelihoods by making it even more difficult to obtain permits for new factories, facilities and infrastructure to power economic growth. This proposal would also threaten successful implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act and the important clean energy provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act.
Our members have innovated and worked with regulators to lower PM2.5 concentrations significantly, and further progress is being made as part of the energy transition investments. The EPA recently reported that PM2.5 concentrations have declined by 42% since 2000, driven by major emissions reductions from both mobile sources and the power sector. As a result, America’s air is cleaner than ever.
A recent analysis conducted by Oxford Economics and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers found that the proposed standard would reduce GDP by nearly $200 billion and cost as many as 1 million jobs through 2031.
At 8 ug/m3, the lowest level considered by the EPA, more than 20% of all U.S. counties would be out of attainment and thrown into permitting gridlock.
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The National Association of Manufacturers 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 13 million men and women, contributes $2.91 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 53% 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 NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.
The NAM secured a critical win Monday when the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an order reversing course on a novel rule interpretation that would have forced private companies to disclose proprietary financial information publicly, Law 360 (subscription) reports.
What’s going on: In 2021, the SEC adopted a novel reinterpretation of SEC Rule 15c2-11, imposing the rule’s public disclosure requirements on private companies that raise capital via corporate bond issuances under SEC Rule 144A—without giving manufacturers the opportunity to provide comment on the damaging impacts of such a consequential change.
- The NAM and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers pursued multipronged litigation and advocacy efforts arguing to the Commission and to the courts that the SEC’s actions were both procedurally improper and substantively indefensible.
- Rule 15c2-11 requires public disclosures for the protection of everyday investors in publicly traded companies that issue so-called “penny stocks.”
- But in 2020, the SEC expanded the rule to apply to privately held companies issuing corporate bonds to large institutional investors under Rule 144A.
- For decades prior, Rule 144A permitted trades in private companies’ fixed-incomes securities without public disclosure of the issuers’ financial information. Indeed, the SEC’s entire purpose for adopting Rule 144A was to allow companies to access the debt markets without public disclosure of their financial and business-strategy information.
NAM in the news: The SEC took the rare step of reversing its position on Monday, declaring that “it is appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors” to exempt Rule 144A fixed-income securities from the requirements of Rule 15c2-11.
- “The order comes after industry groups petitioned the agency to provide relief to certain corporate debt issuers. The National Association of Manufacturers and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, which sought such relief in November 2022, also sued the agency in September, arguing that the SEC’s policy was enacted without public input and could harm job-creation efforts, given how many private companies rely on 144A bonds,” Law360 reports.
- Bloomberg Tax (subscription) also covered the news.
Why it’s important: Expansion of Rule 15c2-11 would have meant higher borrowing costs and less liquidity in the market—and resulted in more than 100,000 job losses a year, according to recent EY analysis prepared on behalf of the NAM.
Our take: The SEC’s action not only restores private companies’ ability to access the debt markets, but also exemplifies why the NAM litigates—as a last line of defense, to force an agency’s hand.
- “This order from the SEC is a landmark victory for manufacturers and a powerful affirmation of the NAM Legal Center’s ability to rein in regulatory overreach,” NAM Chief Legal Officer Linda Kelly said Tuesday. “We are thrilled that the Commission has reversed course on this unlawful attempt to impose a novel, onerous and wholly unjustified regulatory mandate on private companies.”
- Added KAM President and CEO Frank Jemley: “We applaud the SEC’s decision to withdraw its ill-conceived proposal. American business and free enterprise are best served when government respects the boundaries of its authority, which the SEC clearly did not do in this matter.”
Washington, D.C. – Following the announcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to exempt Rule 144A debt—a type of corporate bond often issued by private companies—from its public disclosure requirements, the National Association of Manufacturers Chief Legal Officer Linda Kelly released the following statement:
“This order from the SEC is a landmark victory for manufacturers and a powerful affirmation of the NAM Legal Center’s ability to rein in regulatory overreach. Our multipronged advocacy and litigation efforts, alongside the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, forced the SEC to grapple with its complete lack of justification for applying potentially harmful public disclosure requirements on Rule 144A issuers, which would have required private businesses to disclose proprietary financial information publicly. We are thrilled that the Commission has reversed course on this unlawful attempt to impose a novel, onerous and wholly-unjustified regulatory mandate on private companies.”
“We applaud the SEC’s decision to withdraw its ill-conceived proposal and appreciate the partnership with the outstanding team at the NAM to oppose it aggressively,” said Frank Jemley, President and CEO of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers. “American business and free enterprise are best served when government respects the boundaries of its authority, which the SEC clearly did not do in this matter.”
The SEC adopted a novel reinterpretation of SEC Rule 15c2-11, imposing the rule’s public disclosure requirements on private companies that raise capital via corporate bond issuances under SEC Rule 144A—without giving manufacturers the opportunity to provide comment on the damaging impacts of such a consequential change.
According to a recent EY economic analysis commissioned by the NAM, the SEC’s expansion of Rule 15c2-11 would have resulted in decreased liquidity and increased borrowing costs in the manufacturing industry and throughout the economy—leading to job losses exceeding 100,000 annually.
The NAM and the KAM filed petitions for rulemaking, calling on the SEC to reverse course by clarifying—either by rule or by exemptive order—that Rule 144A issuers are not required to make public financial disclosures. After the agency temporarily delayed enforcement of its novel interpretation but failed to provide complete relief, the NAM and the KAM went to court—filing a lawsuit in federal district court challenging the Commission’s actions under the Administrative Procedure Act, along with parallel actions in the 6th Circuit seeking review of the agency’s failure to grant complete relief.
The National Association of Manufacturers 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 13 million men and women, contributes $2.91 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 54% 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 NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.
Washington, D.C. – Today, following the release of President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence, National Association of Manufacturers Managing Vice President of Policy Chris Netram released this statement:
“Artificial intelligence represents a tremendous opportunity for modern manufacturing. AI is already helping manufacturers improve safety and training and empower workers to be even more innovative. It is unlocking incredible opportunities for predictive maintenance and product development, and manufacturers are continuing to develop further applications for AI. Manufacturers look forward to working with the administration following the executive order to ensure that any AI standards adopted at the federal level are developed with strong industry participation, support innovation and R&D, remain scaled based on the guardrails necessary for a particular technology or application, protect companies from unnecessary liability and bolster U.S. competitiveness and leadership in AI. Manufacturers also support strong data privacy and cybersecurity protections as well as robust investments in workforce development and prioritizing workforce needs through reforms to our immigration system.”
If you’ve ever found yourself grateful for a cold beverage on a hot day, chances are you’ve got Hoshizaki America to thank. The company was established in Los Angeles, California, in 1981 and is one of the leaders in commercial refrigeration, manufacturing refrigerators and icemakers that are used in hotels, hospitals, arenas, schools and more.
Its manufacturing facility was completed in Peachtree, Georgia, in 1986, and it proudly makes its products in America—but in recent years, that commitment has become much more costly.
The problem: Manufacturers like Hoshizaki America are meticulous in adhering to the energy and environmental standards put forth by federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. However, the increased pace of regulation and a lack of coordination between agencies are making it impossible to keep up, according to Hoshizaki America Compliance Engineer Stephen Schaefer.
- “We have many agencies that we have to talk to and be in compliance with, and right now, we’ve got a lot of things coming to a head all at the same time,” said Schaefer.
- “The Department of Energy is setting minimum energy-efficiency standards, the EPA is saying what refrigerants we’re allowed to use, and we’ve got safety standards being updated. That’s a lot of testing and evaluation.”
The timeline: It isn’t just the volume of work that needs to be done; it’s also the short timelines. Appraisals of the industry’s products used to come every six or seven years, allowing companies to develop new technologies to meet new regulations.
- But now, as different agencies offer different rules on overlapping and shorter timelines, companies are finding it impossible to research, build and test new products in time.
- “We fully agree that there are things we want to do environmentally, but there needs to be time given,” said Schaefer.
The scope: Hoshizaki isn’t alone. Schaefer is chair of the Technical Liaison Committee for the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers, and much of the organization’s membership is experiencing the same challenge.
- According to a recent NAFEM survey of its membership, 66% of the companies indicated that their biggest challenges are the volume of regulations and cost of compliance.
The tradeoff: Schaefer argues that meeting these overlapping and pressing deadlines requires diverting funds that would otherwise be used for innovation. If companies are forced to spend more money figuring out how to meet requirements using existing products, they will have less money to spend on developing new products.
- “When different standards like this go into place, you’re taking away from ingenuity for new products and just making sure that existing products can be sold,” said Schaefer. “It becomes very tough to have newer innovation.”
- In the NAFEM survey, respondents said that if the regulatory burden was eased, they would be able to redirect funds to purchase new equipment, hire more employees, increase wages and benefits and reinvest in their manufacturing business.
The bottom line: “We want to help environmentally in every way possible—to be a good steward for energy efficiency and environmental concerns,” said Schaefer. “But we also want agencies to work together for the same goals, in a fair way that doesn’t impede ingenuity or increase the cost to the end user.”
Read more: Federal regulations are burdening manufacturers disproportionately—costing small companies an average of $50,100 per employee, according to a new NAM-commissioned study.
Washington, D.C. – The federal regulatory burden is now costing small manufacturers $50,000 per employee per year, according to the topline findings of a forthcoming National Association of Manufacturers study on the macroeconomic impact of the onslaught of federal regulations. The total cost of federal regulations, estimated at more than $3 trillion dollars, outpaced the economic output of the entire manufacturing sector.
“The unbalanced federal regulations make it challenging to grow manufacturing in America by siphoning resources away from job creation and our communities,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “The burden continues to grow year after year, undermining the bipartisan achievements from President Biden and Congress that have prioritized manufacturing—including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the CHIPS and Science Act. It is chilling investment, curtailing our ability to hire new workers and suppressing wage growth, especially for small and medium-sized manufacturers. It is time for the Biden administration to take action to reverse course.”
Additional Key Facts:
- The total cost of federal regulations in 2022 is an estimated $3.079 trillion (in 2023 dollars), an amount equal to 12% of U.S. GDP and larger than the manufacturing sector’s entire economic output ($2.91 trillion). The total annual cost of complying with federal regulations has risen by $465 billion since 2012, after adjusting for inflation.
- The annual cost burden for an average U.S. firm is $277,000, the equivalent of 19% of the average firm’s payroll expenses. A small manufacturer pays a burden of $50,100 per employee, meaning that a small firm with 20 employees bears around $1 million in annual compliance costs.
- For the manufacturing sector, the cost of federal regulations is roughly $350 billion, which equals to 12% of the sector’s value added to GDP. This is 26% higher than the inflation-adjusted cost of $277 billion borne by manufacturers in 2012.
- Surveyed manufacturers indicate that they could enhance their competitiveness if the costs of federal regulations were reduced; they would reallocate current compliance funds toward employee compensation and hiring, investment, research and development, sales and marketing, enhancing price competitiveness and improving return on investment.
- The regulatory burden on the manufacturing sector is larger than the economies of 29 American states.
To view the executive summary of the forthcoming study, click here.
The NAM and members of the Manufacturers for Sensible Regulations coalition have been leading voices on the negative impact of unbalanced regulations on manufacturers. According to the NAM’s Q2 2023 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, more than 63% of manufacturers report spending more than 2,000 hours per year complying with federal regulations, while more than 17% of manufacturers report spending more than 10,000 hours annually.
The NAM’s Q3 2023 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey found that 69.1% of small manufacturers, and 63.2% of all respondents, would hire more workers or increase compensation if the regulatory burden decreased. Additionally, more than 70% of manufacturers would purchase more capital equipment if the regulatory burden on manufacturers decreased, with 48.6% increasing compensation, 48.6% hiring more workers, 42.5% expanding their U.S. facilities and 38.4% investing in research.
About the Study:
The NAM commissioned this analysis by economists Nicole V. Crain* and W. Mark Crain, who continued a three-decade effort to analyze the total cost of federal regulations, and how the burden is distributed across sectors and firm sizes. Two approaches are employed. The first is a survey of NAM members, conducted from July 20 to Sept. 1, 2023, to collect information about operational expenses dedicated to regulatory compliance, extrapolating these findings to the sector. The second approach derives estimates based on an aggregation of federal agency cost estimates, combined with regression analysis that measures the impact on overall economic output. The cost allocations by sector and firm size rely on data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service.
*The views expressed in this study are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense or the U.S. government.
The race to remove PFAS from its remaining industry uses is on—and according to Langan’s Stewart Abrams, must be “a sprint, not a jog.”
In high demand: Abrams is a principal and director of remediation technology at Langan, a national environmental and engineering firm. He leads the consulting firm’s remediation practice, specializing in the treatment of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, chemical compounds that were used widely in household products—including fire extinguishers—for decades.
- It’s an area of expertise that will soon be highly sought after, given the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal earlier this year of drinking water maximum contaminant levels (MCL) of 4 parts per trillion (ppt) for both PFOA and PFOS. This will not only affect drinking water but will become an important standard for remediation sites as well.
- Langan has clients—including property owners and developers—who focus on the removal of PFAS from contaminated groundwater.
“What’s possible”: “Part of what Langan is doing is focusing on what is possible” regarding PFAS removal, Abrams said.
- “We’re looking at the treatment of groundwater and drinking water. We’re also working on how to deliver existing and new technologies to site cleanup. We’re going to have to move faster than ever before to bring these technologies to the marketplace. It’s a sprint, not a jog.”
Land remediation: Langan has long worked with property developers, helping them clear land of contaminants before building begins. PFAS issues, however, have changed the game considerably.
- “Now we’re looking at projects [for clients] where the question is, ‘How do you use water or land that’s been PFAS-contaminated?’” Abrams said.
- “Some companies have legacy contamination at the sites” they want to build on, and solutions aren’t always forthcoming, he continued.
Airports and PFAS: Another significant Langan customer sector? The aviation industry. Since 2022, airlines operating at California airports may no longer use PFAS in firefighting foam, a common use of the compounds for many years owing to their fire-extinguishing capabilities.
- “They’ve had to adopt new methods of firefighting at [California] airports,” said Abrams of Langan’s aviation clients in that state. “It’s hard because you need a lot of this fluid to address a fire given the amount of fuel on an airplane. The problem is that often the large water reservoirs at these airports have until recently contained a lot of PFAS.”
- That contamination isn’t limited to the water, Abrams added, but extends to everything the PFAS has touched. “Everything in the [firefighting] systems—the pumps, the nozzles, the piping—are contaminated, as is the storage reservoir itself. Part of the complexity of removal is cleaning all of it and then finding an alternative” surfactant, a chemical compound that can effectively extinguish fire.
- In addition, the sponge-like concrete that often lines the reservoirs at airports may have absorbed the chemical, requiring removal and replacement.
Finding solutions: About a decade ago, Langan and the New Jersey Institute of Technology began an informal research partnership.
- Members of Langan’s staff have access to NJIT’s environmental engineering laboratories, where they can set up experiments to solve client challenges. Now the company is leveraging that relationship to find solutions to PFAS problems.
- The labs are “a great [place] to bring in new ways of doing things with PFAS,” Abrams told us. “We’re exploring new treatment methods, new characterization methods, and we will be working to accelerate those technologies to market.”
Taking practical action: The strong carbon-fluorine bonds in PFAS chemicals render them harder to destroy than other contaminants, Abrams noted.
- “Unlike with other compounds—particularly volatile organic compounds and chlorinated solvents—with PFAS, we can’t quite track down all of it,” he continued. “It’s out there in the environment; it would be extremely difficult to chase down every molecule. Instead, we want to bring a theme of pragmatism to PFAS cleanup.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Association of Manufacturers, members of the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations and Conference of State Manufacturers Associations launched Manufacturers for Sensible Regulations, a coalition addressing the impact of the current regulatory onslaught coming from federal agencies.
According to the NAM’s Q2 2023 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, more than 63% of manufacturers report spending more than 2,000 hours per year complying with federal regulations, while more than 17% of manufacturers report spending more than 10,000 hours.
“President Biden and Congress have prioritized strengthening the manufacturing sector in America through historic legislation like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS and Science Act, initial permitting reform actions in the Fiscal Responsibility Act and even some energy provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Unfortunately, the continued onslaught of regulations is having a chilling effect on investment, curtailing our ability to hire new workers and suppressing wage growth, especially for small and medium-sized manufacturers. The recently released regulatory agenda from the administration shows this barrage isn’t stopping.”
“Washington is creating tremendous doubt across our sector at a time when we’re still dealing with economic uncertainty. And the unbalanced regulations coming out of this administration threaten to undermine our ability to grow, compete and win on a global scale,” said American Cleaning Institute President and CEO, NAM board member and CMA Chair Melissa Hockstad. “We want President Biden’s manufacturing agenda to succeed. Unfortunately, we are seeing the signs that the regulatory agenda is jeopardizing the investments enacted over the past 18 months.”
“U.S. pulp and paper manufacturers recognize the need to address the challenges of our changing climate and share the administration’s goal to secure a more sustainable future,” said American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Heidi Brock. “This can only be achieved by working with—not against—manufacturers to craft achievable and balanced regulations that address environmental challenges without threatening manufacturing jobs.”
“Manufacturers have proven to be extraordinarily resilient in recent years, leading Utah and the entire country coming out of the pandemic and through times of geopolitical turmoil,” said Utah Manufacturers Association President and CEO, NAM board member and COSMA Chair Todd Bingham. “But the regulatory agenda currently coming out of our nation’s capital has the potential to derail the gains we’ve made during this administration. We will work with our state partners and the White House to find solutions to help grow our sector in the most responsible way possible.”
The NAM survey also highlighted that only 67% of manufacturers are positive about their own company’s outlook, the lowest since Q3 2019. It shows the consequences of regulations: If the regulatory burden on manufacturers decreased, 65% of manufacturers would purchase more capital equipment, and more than 46% would increase compensation.
The group has been meeting with key members of the Biden administration and Congress to highlight the devastating impact of unbalanced regulations.
The National Association of Manufacturers 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 nearly 13 million men and women, contributes $2.90 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 55% 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 NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.
With a membership including 260 national manufacturing trade associations representing 130,000 companies worldwide, the Council of Manufacturing Associations creates partnerships across the industry, amplifies manufacturers’ voices and connects members to experts and trade association executives. CMA members gain insights, share perspectives, form coalitions and ensure manufacturers have a strong voice in national policy.
Members of the Conference of State Manufacturers Associations serve as the NAM’s official state partners and drive manufacturers’ priorities on state issues, mobilize local communities and help move federal policy from the ground up in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Princeton, MN – The National Association of Manufacturers hosted House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) at Glenn Metalcraft for a facility tour on Monday to discuss the impact of the current regulatory burden manufacturers are facing across federal agencies.
Leaders also discussed manufacturers’ policy priorities as outlined in the latest version of “Competing to Win,” the NAM’s comprehensive blueprint to bolster manufacturers’ competitiveness.
“My visit to Glenn Metalcraft demonstrated the need to address the regulatory state overwhelming manufacturers in the heartland. Small and medium-sized manufacturers are working hard to grow their businesses and increase compensation for employees, but those efforts are undermined by new regulations and the lack of permanent, competitive tax policies to promote research and development and capital investment,” said House Majority Whip Tom Emmer. “I want to thank the National Association of Manufacturers and Glenn Metalcraft for providing insight that will guide my work in Congress.”
“Manufacturers across the country are fighting to thrive under the weight of an increasing number of unbalanced and often unfeasible regulations from agencies across the federal government—all amid an uncertain economic environment,” said Glenn Metalcraft President and CEO Joe Glenn. “Glenn Metalcraft would like to thank Whip Emmer and the National Association of Manufacturers for giving us a voice and calling attention to this issue.”
“Manufacturers are struggling to navigate substantial regulations from Washington on top of the deluge of new laws from St. Paul. We appreciate Whip Emmer for expanding our state-level efforts on the national stage,” said Minnesota Chamber President and CEO Doug Loon. “The National Association of Manufacturers is an excellent partner in championing policies for businesses to grow and compete globally. We appreciate their efforts with the Biden administration and Congress to hold agencies accountable and deliver sensible regulations.”
“The barrage of federal regulations from Washington has created serious concern across our industry, with manufacturers reporting that it’s standing in the way of job creation, investment and wage growth. Manufacturers have made it clear that the administration’s regulatory agenda could easily derail manufacturing’s recent success. Glenn Metalcraft and so many others are forced to make tough decisions as agencies issue unbalanced regulations that threaten our sector’s ability to grow and compete,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “The positive effects of tax reform, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the CHIPS and Science Act are all being undermined by the growing regulatory burden, and I want to thank Whip Emmer for spotlighting this threat in his home state of Minnesota.”
Background: Recently, the NAM, members of the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations and Conference of State Manufacturers Associations launched Manufacturers for Sensible Regulations, a coalition addressing the impact of the current regulatory onslaught coming from federal agencies.
According to the NAM’s Q2 2023 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, more than 63% of manufacturers report spending more than 2,000 hours per year complying with federal regulations, while more than 17% of manufacturers report spending more than 10,000 hours. The NAM survey also highlighted that only 67% of manufacturers are positive about their own company’s outlook, the lowest percentage since Q3 2019. It shows the consequences of regulations: If the regulatory burden on manufacturers decreased, 65% of manufacturers would purchase more capital equipment, and more than 46% would increase compensation.