At its meeting this week, the OMA board of directors heard remarks from National Association of Manufacturers present, Jay Timmons. As a Chillicothe native and grandson of a paper manufacturer, Timmons has a passion not only for manufacturing but for Ohio manufacturing.
Timmons itemized the pain points of U.S. policy as they relate to manufacturing competitiveness and indicated that it is 18% more expensive to manufacture in the U.S. than the top industrial countries against which we compete. NAM is currently revising this cost analysis and is retooling it policy blueprint for manufacturers, “ The NAM Strategy for Jobs,” which will focus on four critical areas: investment, trade, skills and innovation.
OMA board leadership will seek ways for the association and members to collaborate with the NAM for effective advocacy in 2012.
Timmons made a point to thank all OMA members for their involvement in the OMA, their specific industry associations and in the NAM as they all play a distinct role in addressing their interests.