Smaller manufacturers play a big role, NAM says

02/24/2006


A new report underscoring how small and mid-sized manufacturers are playing an increasingly important role in the nation’s industrial economy -- despite unprecedented challenges -- was released Thursday by the National Association of Manufacturers, its research and education arm, The Manufacturing Institute and RSM McGladrey.

%%s economic success,” said NAM President John Engler.  “But small manufacturers are facing unprecedented challenges such as exorbitant energy and health care costs.  The cost burden of complying with regulations falls disproportionately on small businesses in all sectors of the economy, but it is especially onerous for small manufacturers because regulatory costs for manufacturers are 81% higher than for all types of businesses.  We simply must bring down these costs if we want to strengthen the hand of SMMs and enhance America’s manufacturing economy.”

“Two trends are increasingly shaping the future of SMMs,” commented Manufacturing Institute President Jerry Jasinowski.y large manufacturers.  SMMs are the dominant part of the global supply-chain network of large corporations.

ntrepreneurs offering value to their customers that low-cost overseas competitors cannot match -- such as proprietary high-technology products, a willingness to customize, extraordinary service and parts support, flexible production runs and fast turnaround times.  These trends make it clear that the performance of all of U.S. manufacturing is tied more than ever to the success of SMMs.”

A copy of the full SMM Report is available at www.nam.org/SMMReport .





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