How to ramp up manufacturing in Alabama.
The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) will hold three town halls in Alabama this week. And, as Joey Kennedy reports in the Birmingham News, Alabama may be pointing the way when it comes to "heavy manufacturing."
Kennedy interviewed AAM President Scott Paul ahead of Thursday's town hall in Birmingham, and quotes Paul on the importance of value-added manufacturing:
Paul's ultimate goal is to get many of the manufacturing jobs lost to China and other nations back into the United States. While he approves of foreign investment, like Airbus, Mercedes, Honda and Hyundai, here in Alabama, he also has cautions.
"Foreign investment can be a very good thing," Paul says. "It can be job creating and promote competition and may help bring a supply chain over."
But: "Are you just turning the screws on the final product."
In other words, is everything really "manufactured" overseas, where government subsidies and support are much higher, then shipped here for final assembly?
Paul knows that's not the situation in Alabama, and again, he holds up our state as a good example.
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