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.

@KeepitMadeinUSA on Twitter

  • ICYMI: Senate passed its version of Highway Trust Fund bill; shortened length of extension to Dec. instead of May 2015. Heads back to House. 6 hours 54 min ago
  • The Senate is now debating legislation to reauthorize the Highway Trust Fund (well, until May 2015). Watch on @cspan: http://t.co/7h65biQlFz 10 hours 46 min ago
  • RT @SteveRattner: Amazing shift in US jobs -- gone from making things to taking care of sick people http://t.co/44ZBilZiCg 11 hours 42 min ago
  • We must be close to election season. Candidates are talking a big game about unfair trade on the campaign trail: http://t.co/vsahfLZSb4 14 hours 7 min ago
  • Looks like @amazon is getting into the 3D printing business. http://t.co/dHa0askSK9 15 hours 29 min ago
  • RT @WisconsinOven: MT @KeepitMadeinUSA @ScottPaulAAM shares ideas in @HuffingtonPost on how to restore American manufacturing leadership:ht… 16 hours 14 min ago
  • BTW, ALL the machines at that Indianapolis Adidas plant helped produce LeBron jerseys. http://t.co/InVSaeooRv Plus more in Iowa & Cleveland. 16 hours 15 min ago
  • !!! RT @darrenrovell The LeBron jersey assembly line at Adidas facility in Indianapolis http://t.co/FCcJz76kpa 16 hours 17 min ago
  • Wisconsin companies are going on a national tour to promote American manufacturing: http://t.co/r08lzCvW83 17 hours 5 min ago
  • This --> http://t.co/JEuzlRwYjr @USAToday examines the myth of the STEM workers shortage. 1 day 11 hours ago