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dedicated to serving, enhancing and promoting the success of its member companies for the mutual benefit of all concerned through the increased power of group strength and leadership.


Of Member Interest

TMTA 81st Annual Golf Outing & Dinner
 
When: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Where: Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township
What:  Registration begins at 8:30 am with a continental breakfast. Driving range opens at 8:30 
  am. Scramble style golf with a shotgun start begins at 10:00 am. Lunch is served 
  on the course. Socializing, dinner, drinks and prizes follow!

Reservation and Sponsorship forms to be posted soon!

We look forward to seeing you this year!

Advocacy News
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

In The News

From the Coalition for a Prosperous America:
Aluminum Pandemonium
As the White House prepares to submit the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress in the coming months, it has been touting its record on trade enforcement to persuade lawmakers to vote for the 12-nation pact. The United Steelworkers union on Monday upped the ante on that front by asking President Barack Obama to impose a 50 percent duty on aluminum imports from China and other suppliers as soon as July.  Full article  

From American Machinist:
Global Steel Forecast Sees Demand Continuing to Fall
A new short-range forecast of global steel demand anticipates a continuing decline through the remainder of 2016 before a slight recovery takes hold in 2017.  Full article  

From the Coalition for a Prosperous America:
Shoe Company: Obama Admin Pressured Us to Stay Quiet on TPP
The Boston Globe is reporting that U.S.-based shoe manufacturer New Balance has come out hard against the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. The odd thing, though, is that "the Boston company had gone quiet [on TPP] last year." Now, apparently, we know why:...   Full article  

From the New York Times:
Saudi Threat to Sell U.S. Assets Could Hurt, but Mostly the Saudis
If Saudi Arabia follows through on its recent threat to sell off its investments in the United States, the financial maneuver could be painful - mostly for Saudi Arabia.  Full article  

From IndustryWeek:
Smart Services Becoming a Disruptive Force in the Manufacturing Industry
Whoever controls the smart data wins.  Full article  

From IndustryWeek:
7 Great Things about Buying Counterfeits
Learn about the hidden "benefits" you get every time you buy something that is counterfeit.  Full article  

Membership Benefits News
MyBlue-Individual health plans from Blue Cross -- Click here to get in contact with your association

For Information on BCBSM health plans, contact
TMTA's endorsed agent, Bill Percha, at 586-904-9700.

                    Harleysville CustomPak
       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.

Find this book at Amazon.


 
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