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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.

Time to start thinking about the tax bill that comes due next spring. Michael Siegel of alliantgroup explains how to identify those practices that will qualify for this valuable credit and take advantage of one of the most generous tax incentives out there.

What does "research and development" have to do with metal manufacturing?  Find out here

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 duty investigations and reviews, and for other purposes. Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

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.

From Coalition for a Prosperous America:
Preventing currency manipulation should be a key goal in any future free trade agreement.  Full article  

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
Straight Talk On Currency Misalignment
Americans spend most of their lives in a dollar-denominated world and don't have as much experience with foreign currencies as non-Americans have with dollars. As a result, much of our public discourse on currency issues over many years has been distorted and unproductive. This is an attempt to set forth a few basic truths about the problem and to identify first steps toward a solution.  Full article  

From U.S.-China Economic and 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 Manufacturing & Technology News:
In The Synthetic Fiber Industry, China Fulfills Its 2010 Goals Of World Domination, And Sets New Ones For 2020
China has achieved every ambitious goal it set for itself in 2010 as described in its 12th Five-Year Plan (ending 2015) for the chemical fiber manufacturing industry. China now accounts for 70 percent of global production of chemical fibers, up from 62 percent in 2010. It wasn't long ago that the Chinese industry was 20 times smaller than the American industry; now it is 20 times larger.  Full article  

From News:
Robot Revolution Sweeps China's Factory Floors
For decades, China's manufacturers employed waves of young migrant workers from the countryside to work at countless factories in coastal provinces, churning out cheap toys, clothing and electronics. Now, factories are rapidly replacing those workers with automation, a pivot that's encouraged by rising wages and new official directives aimed at helping the country move away from low-cost manufacturing.  Full article  

From the Coalition for a Prosperous America:
U.S. stocks have endured a lot of turmoil but recent shocks have made apparent important facts about China and the shifting global economy long ignored by many analysts and investors. Those bode well for America and the bull market should soon resume.  Full article

From the New York Times:
Chinese Textile Mills Are Now Hiring in Places Where Cotton Was King
Twenty-five years ago, Ni Meijuan earned $19 a month working the spinning machines at a vast textile factory in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Now at the Keer Group's cotton mill in South Carolina, which opened in April, Ms. Ni is training American workers to do the job she used to do.  Full article  

From Business Insider:
It was a dark day for the American coal industry
Wednesday was a tough day for the American coal industry.  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 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 encourages you to patronize the companies on our Made In America who 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.