National Association of Manufacturers (blog)

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The latest NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey reflected continued optimism in the sector, with the headline index rising to unprecedented heights. Indeed, 94.6 percent of respondents said they are positive about their own company’s outlook, the highest in the survey’s 20-year history. Optimism has been at historically high levels throughout the...

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that manufacturers added 31,000 workers in November, extending the gain of 23,000 in October. More importantly, the sector has added an average of 15,545 employees on net per month so far in 2017—quite a turnaround from the loss of 16,000 workers seen in 2016 as a whole. This is a sign that firms have stepped up...

While our elected officials in Washington debate comprehensive tax reform, manufacturers across the country continue to push for bold tax reform that would allow them to hire and reinvest in their businesses. In fact, in NAM’s most recent Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, we saw record-high optimism from the manufacturing community. An astounding...

A new report from the United States Census highlights manufacturing as one of the vital backbones of the U.S. economy. But it also identifies the critical role that small manufacturers – those with fewer than 50 employees – play. According to the Census, manufacturers were the fourth largest employer in America in 2015, paying annual wages of more...

By: David Johnston, Manufacturing Manager Metal Supply at Arconic Every day thousands of veterans retire from the military, struggling to match their passion with their next career move. Many don’t fully recognize that the skills they have honed, the experiences they’ve had and the values they’ve lived during their service are those that can...

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said that manufacturing activity expanded robustly in September, expanding at its fastest pace since May 2004. The ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) increased from 58.8 in August to 60.8 in September. The sample comments tended to echo the strong data, with mostly positive feedback from the...

Modern manufacturers don’t just make things. They are constantly innovating. With that in mind, Toyota’s Production System Support Center (TSSC) prides itself on leveraging Toyota’s decades of experience in manufacturing to help other manufacturers, non-profits, and community organizations find better ways to do their day-to-day work – sometimes...

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that manufacturing activity grew robustly in August, expanding at its fastest pace since April 2011. The ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) increased from 56.3 in July to 58.8 in August. The sample comments tended to echo the strong data, with mostly positive feedback from...

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said manufacturing job openings bounced back from 350,000 in May, its slowest pace so far this year, to 388,000 in June. That was the best reading since March’s reading, which was at 16-year high at 404,000. In June, both durable (up from 201,000 top 214,000) and nondurable (up from 149,000 to 174,000) goods firms had...

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said that manufacturing activity continued to expand strongly in July, even as it pulled back from nearly a three-year high in June. The ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) decreased from 57.8 in June, its strongest reading since August 2014, to 56.3 in July. Despite some easing in many of...