Happy Anniversary to the Alliance of American Manufacturing!
What a difference five years makes. I think most of you know by now that I am a fan of the AAM, an organization of some of this country’s leading manufacturers and United Steelworkers who works tirelessly to explore solutions to some challenging public policy topics like job creation, global competitiveness, international trade and infrastructure investment. They are celebrating five years in action!
Sherry L. Baranek
Senior Writer, MoldMaking Technology magazine
AAM President Scott Paul recalls that then the AAM was first formed back in 2007, its bread-and-butter issue was nowhere to be found in economic policy debates. “But after five years of grassroots advocacy, bus tours, town-hall meetings, and cutting-edge research, manufacturing is on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days,” he states. “What was the centerpiece of President Obama’s economic policy proposals during the 2012 State of the Union? Manufacturing. What was the most common image in political ads during last year’s presidential election? The American factory floor.”
Scott goes on to say that after losing millions of manufacturing jobs since the turn of the century, we’ve gained 500,000 since 2010. “Our manufacturing sector could be on its way back,” he says. “And here at AAM, we thought we’d take a moment to celebrate it. Click here to view an online version of AAM’s Blueprint for the Future to not only get an idea of where American manufacturing has been—but where it is going!