Infrastructure and Manufacturing

Infrastructure and Manufacturing

Wham-O’s recent decision to move the manufacture of its iconic Frisbee from China back to the United States is an acknowledgment that, in getting products to market, good infrastructure is key to success. While the announcement hardly represents a trend, it’s heartening to see U.S.-based manufacturers recognize the costs of outsourcing good manufacturing jobs may outweigh the reduced labor costs.

AAM consistently has supported economic stimulus programs that invest in infrastructure development to support U.S. manufacturing and good jobs. A study released in 2009 shows how investment in the nation’s infrastructure is the most effective approach to creating new jobs.

Roughly 18,000 new jobs are created for every $1 billion in new infrastructure spending on the nation’s transportation, energy, water systems and public schools. Additionally, the study shows that using American-made materials for these infrastructure projects yields a total of 77,000 additional jobs, based on an investment of $148 billion a year (including $93 billion of public investment). The research clearly shows that greater infrastructure spending is the most effective way to generate employment in the United States. Tackling the problem of gross deficiencies in our nation’s infrastructure will ensure longer-term economic growth, particularly for our manufacturing base.

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