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The blog of the Alliance for American Manufacturing

ReMaking America is also a big hit at the annual conference.

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) team is in Orlando this week to talk to American manufacturers, specifically those in plastics. While there are plenty of foreign manufacturers at the NPE 2015: The International Plastics Showcase, we’ve also met some awesome U.S. manufacturers like the folks at the helmet maker Gentex, the people who make the pan for Jiffy Pop, or the Americans at Daktronics, who bring you the score at your home team’s football game. 

ReMaking America coauthors Scott Paul and Harry Moser joined the show on Wednesday to talk about the future of American manufacturing. Paul, AAM president, and Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, called for manufacturing policy that shifts production back to the United States. 

“Without more manufacturing, it will be virtually impossible to rebuild the middle class, reduce the trade deficit, or innovate the next amazing generation of products,” Paul said. “And smart observers have noted that the ‘race to the bottom’ isn’t the only way to compete in manufacturing. We know America will never win such a race, nor should it want to. On the other hand, America is very good at winning races to the top.”

ReMaking America demonstrates how American manufacturing can thrive and grow stronger if U.S. lawmakers enact meaningful policy change now.

“We can start the race to the top even under current policy. About 25 percent of the production that we have lost to offshore would come back now if companies used more sophisticated sourcing decision criteria,” Paul said.

Visit AAM’s booth S32181 to talk with the authors and receive a signed copy of ReMaking America during the show. We look forward to talking with more American manufacturers and hearing their story!