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 company's 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.

TMTA Backs H.R. 1276:
TMTA Fights for You for Currency Reform

H.R. 1276 is the same as H.R. 639 (112th Congress). Its aim is 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.

Previous legislation (H.R. 639 (112th Congress) and H.R. 2378) gained popularity, but did not pass both the House and Senate. H.R. 1276 begins the process again as proof that we will not give up the fight.

You can help by contacting your legislator. Track H.R. 1276 here.

The Coalition for a Prosperous America has created an easy and quick way to send an e-mail to your Representative. Visit their page here.

In The News

From IndustryWeek:
Who Says You Can't Manufacture Electronics in the US?
Firstronic CEO John Sammut explains his strategy for building an electronics company that manufactures in the U.S. -- near ailing Detroit, no less! -- and exports to Korea, China, Mexico and India.  Full article  

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
Walmart Finds That 'Made In USA' Has A Strong Appeal Among Consumers; Encourages Manufacturers To Highlight On Their Packaging Products That Are Made In America
More than a year after it announced its initiative to help rebuild the U.S. manufacturing sector, Walmart says it is making progress, but a lot more needs to be done. Full article

From IndustryWeek:
Creaky Machinery: How to Get the Most Out of Your Aging Factory
The North American manufacturing boom has a cost. According to research from U.S. brokerage house Morgan Stanley, most of the industrial machinery in use is at least 10 years old. Not since 1938 have North American factories worked with such out-of-date equipment.  Full article  

From Coalition for a Prosperous America News:
U.S. launches antidumping, countervailing duty probe against China’s boltless steel shelving
The U.S. Commerce Department announced Tuesday that it initiated anti-dumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations against imports of boltless steel shelving from China.  Full article  

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
China Must Confront A Complex Web Of Political, Economic and International Issues
The announcement at the end of July that Zhou Yongkang, former member of the Stranding Committee of China's Politburo and former all-powerful head of the security services, the police and the courts, is under investigation for corruption is more than President Xi Jinping going one or two notches higher in his fight against corruption and against competing centers of influence.  Full article  

From the Washington Post:
Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants
Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police - even when they have a search warrant - taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information.  Full article  

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
Reshoring Of Production and Engineering Is Not Yet Much Of A Trend In U.S. Electronics Sector
Reshoring of electronics industry production back to North America is not a big trend, according to a survey by IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries. Over the past 15 years, high-volume electronics production left the United States, and "most of it is not expected to return," says IPC in a study on the issue. Companies are beginning to reconsider their overseas cost structures, "but only a few have taken action."  Full article  
News You Need
Train the Nation -
10 City Event for TMTA Members

Find out the best tips and techniques currently available to take your machining capabilities to the next level from a company on the cutting edge of tooling and software technology within the die mold industry, OSG Tap & Die.

TMTA members are being invited, free-of-charge, to attend this event being offered in 10 different cities around the midwest. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.

Proven techniques. Powerful results.

21st Century Trade Agreement Principles
We simply cannot afford to have only multinationals influencing our government's trade policy. Your company signature gives the Coalition for a Prosperous America more clout before trade officials and Congress to influence future trade deals so America can benefit.
If you are an authorized representative of your business/organization (no individuals); please add your business/organization name to this document.

Million Jobs Project Aims to Create One Million American Jobs by Buying American Made!
Flex your muscles as a consumer to create one million new jobs!
It's as easy as one, two three.
1. Watch the video above.
2. Take the pledge at the Million Jobs Project webpage here.
3. Share this project with at least two friends.

TMTA encourages you to patronize the companies on our Made In America page who manufacture items in the USA. Click on the flag below.

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

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.