NAM Summit takes pro-jobs, pro-growth message to Capitol Hill
Enterprise Minnesota's Bob Kill
After visiting with several
members of Minnesota's congressional delegation about the looming crisis in
attracting the next generation of qualified workers to manufacturing, Enterprise Minnesota
President and CEO Bob Kill concluded that "lawmakers appreciate and value
manufacturing's contributions to driving Minnesota's economy."
Kill's visits were part of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
Summit in Washington D.C.
"They all support helping manufacturers grow their companies and increase
their competitiveness in the global marketplace. Everyone acknowledged that a skilled
workforce is one of the issues that will make growth happen."
One of the summit's goals was to convey to Congress the urgency of implementing
pro-jobs and pro-growth policies, Kill said. NAM facilitated nearly 400 visits
between manufacturers and their respective members of Congress. Discussions
focused on business tax reform, a less restrictive energy strategy and job
Kill said the Minnesota delegation was eager to learn of the progress of
companies in their districts. "Many of them have toured manufacturing
companies in their respective districts. They wanted to know how the national
issues regarding manufacturing are hitting close to home."
One Minnesota company recently achieved national attention for its workforce
shortage. After Wyoming Machine was featured in the Star-Tribune, CNBC
television flew a crew to Stacy, MN, to do a story on the shortage of skilled
workers and women in manufacturing. The story is scheduled to air July 6.
Kill said the worker shortage at Wyoming Machine represents the nearly 5,000
manufacturing jobs unfilled throughout the state. "We're committed to
closing the skills gap so Minnesota's manufacturing sector can thrive," he
said. Nationally, there are approximately 600,000 vacant positions in manufacturing.
The NAM Summit came on the heels of Kill's testimony to a Senate panel in April
about the chronic shortage of qualified workers. He testified before the Senate
Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation and Export Promotion, chaired by
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.
"If we continue to keep manufacturing at the forefront of national
economic discussions and in the media and also create our own voice in
Minnesota to continually elevate the industry, we can find solutions to
creating jobs and fostering an environment for economic growth," Kill
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