Rep. Lipinski Praises Manufacturers, Workers on National Manufacturing Day10/04/2013
Rep. Dan Lipinski this summer toured the Bedford Park-based Archer Wire International Corp.'s facility in Tinley Park, where they make facemasks for football helmets
On the second annual National Manufacturing Day, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) praised our nation’s manufacturers and their hard-working employees for playing a vital role in our national economy and keeping good-paying jobs in our local communities. Rep. Lipinski earlier in this Congress introduced a bill, H.R. 2447, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, to develop a national manufacturing competiveness strategy that will identify and address industry challenges in order to help create jobs and ensure the United States remains the world’s leading manufacturer.
“I wish to salute all of our manufacturers and their workers on National Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing is the linchpin of our economy and the bedrock of our middle class. I’ve understood that since my days growing up on the Southwest Side surrounded by manufacturing plants. Today I take great pride in visiting as many manufacturers as I can in my district to not only learn about the products they make, but also about the challenges they face, from the so-called skills gap to currency manipulation and Customs evasion by foreign competitors,” Rep. Lipinski said. “The importance of a healthy manufacturing base cannot be overstated, but our manufacturers and their workers are confronted with a difficult environment on a daily basis. We must do more to help.”
America has a long and proud manufacturing history. However, since the 1970s the number of manufacturing jobs has been shrinking, from 20 million in 1979 to fewer than 12 million today. The hemorrhaging of jobs has contributed to the stagnation of middle-class wages – since 2000, the median household income, after it’s been adjusted for inflation, has fallen by $4,787.
National Manufacturing Day is organized by several national manufacturing associations, as well manufacturers themselves, to draw attention to the industry through more than 800 events nationwide. Students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members are invited to open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. More than 70 events are planned in Illinois.
For more information on National Manufacturing Day, visit www.mfgday.com.