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Outlook for Manufacturing: The Race for Revitalization

Will manufacturing continue to lead the growth and prosperity of our nation? What policies will allow U.S. manufacturers to be competitive in the global marketplace?

AWI convention speaker J. Cliff Johnson, Vice President of Membership Marketing at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), will dig into the microeconomic issues that are important for revitalizing manufacturing in the United States. He recently enumerated for AWI e-briefs three key factors needed to drive changes.

1. We must make the United States the best country in the world for manufacturers to locate their headquarters and to attract direct foreign investment.

2. We want to be the best place in the world to innovate.

3. We want the United States to be a great place to manufacture.

"If we enact the right policy reforms, we could create up to 11 million jobs. At this point, 12 million Americans are employed directly in manufacturing in the United States, and that represents about 9% of our total workforce,"  Mr. Johnson said. 

"There are some positive developments on the horizon," Mr. Johnson said. "Some manufacturing is returning to the United States because of quality control issues and rising transportation costs" The United States still retains the largest manufacturing base in the world. We produce 21% of all manufactured products in the world. By comparison, China produces 15% and Japan ranks third with 12%. Will we remain in first place? Will manufacturers speak out and drive public policy changes? Do policymakers have the will to legislate new business-oriented policies?

Find out what he has to say about the key factors that will drive change in the August edition of AWI NewsBriefs coming to your mailbox in mid-August. And, plan to attend Mr.Johnson’s thought-provoking presentation on October 27 during the AWI 59th Annual Convention in Charlotte, NC.

About the Speaker:
Cliff Johnson is Vice President for Membership Marketing at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In this capacity, he is responsible for driving the NAM’s growth in the small and medium-sized manufacturing segment, which comprises more than 65 percent of NAM membership. Prior to joining the NAM, Mr. Johnson was a research director at the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), a membership-based best practices research consultancy. Mr. Johnson holds an M.B.A. from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a B.A. in law and society from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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"Outlook for Manufacturing: The Race for Revitalization"
October 27, 2011
10:45 am – 11:45 am
J. Cliff Johnson, III, Vice President, National Association of Manufacturers

America’s prosperity and strength are built on a foundation of manufacturing.  As this country emerges from a challenging recession, some are asking if manufacturing will continue to lead the growth and prosperity of our nation.  The answer is a resounding yes, but only if we make the right decisions as a nation and embrace the policies that allow us to be competitive in the global marketplace. How will the architectural woodwork industry adapt to the race for success? Are you prepared to innovate to meet the future?

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