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TMTA 81st Annual Golf Outing & Dinner
The TMTA 81st Annual Golf Outing & Dinner was an enjoyable day of golf, food, drink, prizes and friendship for all who attended.
The weather was perfect - warm and sunny with a slight breeze - and the activities were even more perfect.
Check back soon for pictures from the day and list of sponsors.
We look forward to seeing you next year!
TMTA Backs the Following Legislation:
H.R. 820-To amend title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930 to clarify that countervailing duties may be imposed to address subsidies relating to a fundamentally undervalued currency of any foreign country. Sponsored by Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI-9). S. 433 A bill to establish a benefit calculation methodology with respect to currency undervaluation for purposes of countervailing investigations and reviews, and for other purposes. Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
US-China Economic & Security Review Commission: 2015 Annual Report to Congress
Manufacturing & Technology News says every American should read this report to Congress and they will have a different perspective of the U.S.-China relationship and the federal government's unwillingness to defend the interests of American companies and their workers. Full article
From Manufacturing & Technology News:
U.S. Steel Industry Pleads With Uncle Sam To Stand Up For America Before The Industry Is Destroyed By China
The United States steel industry is experiencing the greatest crisis in its history due to record import surges and cheap steel that is flooding global markets from Chinese state-owned and subsidized companies. The result is a steep loss of U.S. production capacity along with thousands of jobs. Full article From the New York Times:
China Quietly Targets U.S. Tech Companies in Security Reviews
Chinese authorities are quietly scrutinizing technology products sold in China by Apple and other big foreign companies, focusing on whether they pose potential security threats to the country and its consumers and opening up a new front in an already tense relationship with Washington over digital security. Full article
Bringing Bikes (and Jobs, and Manufacturing) Back to the US
Arnold Kamler worked with his father to bring bicycle manufacturing to the United States in the 1970s, only to watch China undercut the industry. Now he's leading the charge to build the two-wheelers here again with an aggressive reshoring plan. Full article From the New York Times:
Hiring Hurdle: Finding Workers Who Can Pass a Drug Test
A few years back, the heavy-equipment manufacturer JCB held a job fair in the glass foyer of its sprawling headquarters near here, but when a throng of prospective employees learned the next step would be drug testing, an alarming thing happened: About half of them left. Full article
For Information on BCBSM health plans, contact
TMTA's endorsed agent, Bill Percha, at 586-904-9700.
an Insurance Package Designed Exclusively for TMTA Members
Harleysville CustomPak bundles together all the right coverages for the specific risks your business faces every day as a manufacturer. You can also add an array of a la carte options to meet your specific needs.
In the event of a loss, the right insurance coverage can make the difference between re-establishing your business and closing your doors forever! Make sure you have the right insurance coverage.
Find out how Harleysville & TMTA can protect your company and save you money,
contact TMTA's endorsed property and liability insurance agent,
Jay Poplawski of the Ralph C. Wilson Agency, at 1-800-638-1174.
Sign this Trade Balance Petition Sponsored by the Coalition for a Prosperous America!
For 40 years, perennial trade deficits have resulted in debilitating and potentially permanent job losses, stagnant incomes, industry losses and massive foreign debt. Stunningly, U.S. law has never prioritized balanced trade as a national objective.
Perpetual trade deficits and unlimited foreign debt are unsustainable for any nation. While there is still time to avoid a catastrophic economic correction, Congress should direct the President to pursue Balanced Trade now as the principal federal trade policy objective to ensure that trade agreements and other trade initiatives reduce and do not exacerbate our economic difficulties.
TMTA encourages you to patronize the companies on our Made In Americawho manufacture items in the USA. Click on the flag below.
Buying America Back
A Real-Deal Blueprint for Restoring American Prosperity
by: Alan Uke
Buying America Back outlines a plan to turn back the tide with a grass-roots movement to promote American industry by helping American consumers have a better understanding of where their goods (and services) come from.
Accurate disclosure would enable consumers to reward local producers or those with high local-product content. Uke points out that this approach is increasingly popular with food, and prevalent in many other countries.
Determined consumer leadership on this issue, he maintains, could goad Congress into action and prompt corporations to revive domestic production.
"As more products are produced globally, it's not as simple as buying American anymore. Alan clearly walks you through the relationship between where a product is made and how important a fair trade ratio is to the United States. By educating consumers on this, Alan proposes using consumer choice and economic freedom to succeed where the big government programs have failed--moving the economy and producing jobs."--U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA)
Every once in a while, you'll stumble upon a book that significantly changes the way you see the world. This is one of those books...what was most striking about this work is its potential - with no trade restrictions, subsidies, or costly regulations (and almost no cost to businesses or taxpayers!) - to drastically improve the state of the U.S. economy on the scale of tens or hundreds of billion dollars and hundreds of thousands of new jobs annually.