The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Milwaukee, has issued a statement commending a bipartisan effort in Washington to create a chief manufacturing officer position and an accompanying office to represent the interest of manufacturers in the United States.
The statement is in support of a proposed Office of Manufacturing and the Industrial Innovation Policy Act introduced in late March by a group of three Republican and five Democratic U.S. senators and representatives. (Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Chris Coons, D-Connecticut; and Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi; and representatives Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio; Tim Ryan, D-Ohio; Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania; and Haley Stevens, D-Michigan.)
The legislation has been designed to create an Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy (OMII) in the executive office of the President.
AEM President Dennis Slater says, “The AEM was the first industry group to call for the creation of a chief manufacturing officer and the development and execution of a national manufacturing strategy, and we commend the group of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for their leadership in crafting bipartisan legislation that will accomplish both goals.”
He adds, “A thriving manufacturing sector is not only essential to our national security but also to continued economic growth and job creation, and the Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation will help ensure America’s global leadership in manufacturing. Equipment manufacturers represent one in eight manufacturing jobs in the United States and support 2.8 family-sustaining jobs, and our long-term success depends on the future competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing in the global economy. We urge lawmakers in both parties to support this important legislation and increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness.”
The AEM says in the spring of 2020, equipment manufacturers called on the federal government to develop and implement a comprehensive national strategy for manufacturing. In an April 2020 op-ed, Slater wrote, “We hope this can act as a starting point or a broader dialogue about how to ensure the country’s global leadership in manufacturing and guarantee the long-term economic and national security of the United States.”