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Workforce Development Gets Green Light

Workforce Development Gets Green Light

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jonathan Stewart, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA The NEMA Board of Governors approved a strategic initiative to address a growing gap in available, qualified workers in the electrical manufacturing sector. While this review will not be a comprehensive, one-size-fits-all approach, it will identify efficient, targeted ways in which NEMA can increase the availability of qualified candidates for employment Read more [...]
MFG Day 2015: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Manufacturers Today

MFG Day 2015: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Manufacturers Today

When you think of a manufacturing environment, do unskilled workers in dark warehouses come to mind, or do you picture highly educated individuals working on exciting new technologies for devices and tools we use every day? The former image, inaccurate and outdated yet persistent, creates a bad rep for manufacturing careers, but a grassroots movement is working to change this perception and attract the next generation of manufacturing workers. On October 2, 2015, hundreds of organizations across Read more [...]
Might Seem Crazy…

Might Seem Crazy…

World Trade Week (May 19-24) should be a time to sit at the kitchen table and contemplate the importance of international trade for your company, your industry and you. It should also be a time to educate others about what you find out. For example, Where does that key component for your product come from (and what happens if it doesn't come)? How many of your colleagues' jobs are dependent on making sales outside the U.S.? If your potential customer could finance the purchase of your product, Read more [...]
Voices on Trade

Voices on Trade

President Obama's point man on trade, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman (@MikeFroman), met recently with the NEMA Board of Governors. Why? I venture a guess that it's because they care about trade and access to international markets. If I'm right, it turns out they are in good company.    Recent polling commissioned by the Business Roundtable (BRT) found that 82 percent of Americans support U.S. trade negotiations to open foreign markets and ensure Read more [...]
Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

U.S. electroindustry companies sell billions of dollars of equipment outside the U.S. each year. These companies employ many thousands of workers here in the U.S., workers whose employment depends on the ability of their company “teams” to innovate, make sales, and satisfy their customers. With most of the world’s people (95 percent) and supporting infrastructure outside the U.S., it makes sense that companies want to gain access to more markets, be competitive, and make more sales Read more [...]
Light Bulb Amendment puts U.S. Jobs at Risk

Light Bulb Amendment puts U.S. Jobs at Risk

Yesterday NEMA sent the below letter to every member in the U.S. House of Representatives.   Support US Jobs and Oppose Burgess Amendment on Light Bulbs Dr. Burgess (R-TX) has announced he will be offering an amendment that has the impact of threatening U.S. manufacturing jobs.  The National Electrical          Manufacturers Association (NEMA) strongly opposes the Burgess amendment and urges you to vote against it.  The amendment Read more [...]
Standards Harmonization Good for Growth of Solid State Lighting

Standards Harmonization Good for Growth of Solid State Lighting

Recently, NEMA published SSL 4-2012, SSL Retrofit Lamps: Suggested Minimum Performance Requirements.  The purpose of this standard is to provide suggested minimum performance levels for SSL retrofit products. Federal programs such as Energy Star set high performance goals to encourage growth of such products, but do not provide minimum acceptance criteria for products as a whole.  Since its publication, NEMA has been approached by several organizations wishing to adopt, in part or in total, Read more [...]
ACTA-tion on Trade

ACTA-tion on Trade

Tomorrow (Oct. 1) in Japan representatives from several governments, including the U.S., are expected to put pen to paper and formally sign an international agreement to combat theft of intellectual property rights. As NEMA has pointed out repeatedly, product counterfeiting as well as trade- and certification-mark piracy are not just an issue for movies and handbags but also for some sectors of the global electroindustry. These can also present safety issues, as explained by the Electrical Safety Read more [...]
Building on Trade

Building on Trade

Picking up from where I left off: We are a week closer to the return of Congress from its August break and the level of anxiety is rising. President Obama is to make a speech next month presenting a jobs initiative. Meanwhile, we wait for the White House to send implementing legislation to Congress for 3 free trade agreements (FTAs) that will help support U.S. job creation and retention. This blog entry is the second in a series on the U.S. FTAs with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and why Read more [...]
Obama launches the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership to create high-tech jobs and alleviate energy and manufacturing costs

Obama launches the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership to create high-tech jobs and alleviate energy and manufacturing costs

Last Friday, President Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) to encourage industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs. The plan will invest more than $500 million to begin this effort. One area of interest, particularly for the electroindustry, is that the Department of Energy will begin working to develop manufacturing processes and materials to help alleviate energy and manufacturing Read more [...]