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:
Ford: Taking the Aluminum Risk
Ford completely reinvented its operations at the Ford Rouge Center - the historic campus Henry Ford established in 1917 - to manufacture the aluminum bodied pickup truck.Full article

From IndustryWeek:
GM Extends Compensation Deadline Over Ignition Recall
General Motors has extended the deadline for compensation claims related to an ignition-switch problem that has been linked to 32 deaths. Full article

From Kaiser Health News:
Pacemakers Get Hacked On TV, But Could It Happen In Real Life?
Jay Radcliffe breaks into medical devices for a living, testing for vulnerabilities as a security researcher. He's also a diabetic, and gives himself insulin injections instead of relying on an automated insulin pump, which he says could be hacked.As Americans shop in the health insurance marketplace for a second year, President Obama is depending more than ever on the insurance companies that five years ago he accused of padding profits and canceling coverage for the sick. Full article

From Manufacturing.net News:
AAM 'Fixes' Walmart's Made-In-America Claims
The web filter at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) caught a big ol' piece of chaff this week, in the form of a release from Walmart. America's largest retailer has announced plans to purchase $250 billion worth of American-made goods over the next decade. .Full article

From IndustryWeek:
Economy Will Bounce Back in 2015 if Uncle Sam Doesn't Muck Things Up
Although many manufacturers won't even know how successful their year has been until after the Christmas shopping season ends, some economic forecasters are already moving on from 2014 and have set their sights on projecting what kind of a year 2015 will be. Full article

From Product Design & Development News:
8 New-Shoring Resources to Help Make Products in America
It's a safe bet you haven't seen a "Made in the USA" label on many products ranging from electronics to your clothes in quite some time. .Full article

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
A Titan Of U.S. Manufacturing: Gilroy Titan Creates TV's First CNC Machine Shop Show
There haven't been any television shows on prime time that concern CNC machining. But there is one now. Cable station MAVTV, owned by Lucas Oil Products, is airing a series on the workings of a CNC job shop in Grass Valley, Calif., run by Titan Gilroy, a man befitting of his name. The show is called TITAN American Built, featuring the latest automation technology running big jobs of complex metal parts at high speeds on tight deadlines.Full article

News You Need
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.

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.